Archive for July, 2010

Status – 48 Hours Build Preview

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The guys over at Status in Rockwall, Texas did the unthinkable, they took a beat up but laid out Chevy C/K and bodyworked it, painted it, created a custom interior and finished it all off in just a single weekend! Here is a preview of the build thanks to Crime Pays Video/Weekend Celebrity Productions. Catch more on this build soon in Street Trucks Magazine!

Garage Art

Monday, July 19th, 2010

If you are like me the only room in the house your wife will let you touch is the garage. I spend most of my time at home out there anyway so being a full throttle gear head when we moved into the house 3.5 years ago I began putting stuff up on the walls of the garage. Tin speed shop signs, pictures of trucks I have owned and built, drag racing swag etc. Well after all this time of putting stuff up I am almost out of space. A good friend of mine has commented that my garage is starting to look like a TGI Friday’s restaurant and that the garage definitely has an excess of FLAIR.

I don’t plan on stopping but the space is getting tight. Should I start tackling the drywall ceiling? Tack more stuff onto the wood beams above? Undoubtedly there will be more photos and art to come. The only other thing to do is move and get a bigger garage. If the wife has anything to say about it that bigger garage better come with a bigger house too.

Sneaking in Past Curfew

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

When you are a kid pushing the limits of your parents boundaries is only natural. When you are a gearhead kid it’s worse as tickets and frequent rear tire purchases come with the territory. When I was a youngster terrorizing the streets of Southern California in my black Chevy shortbed I recall it was very difficult to break what my parents thought was a fair curfew. Why? Ihad dual two chamber Flowmaster mufflers echoing the power from my trucks mild 350 and Mom and Dad had pretty much memorized the sound my truck emitted from idle to wide open throttle. If I came home late there was no sneaking in undetected.

When my daughter starts driving maybe I should install some Flowmasters on whatever I build her?

Project Greystone Paint Preview

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Project Greystone (http://www NULL.motortopia

If you have been thumbing through the magazine over the last 2 years, chances are you have seen Project Greystone. The truck is a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Classic 1500 crew cab that has been slammed, supercharged and more in the pursuit of a luxury performance driver with plenty of show style. Recently, the truck went under the spray gun at L&G Enterprises where it emerged with some fresh new graphics thanks to BASF R-M paints. Be on the lookout for a series of tech articles on how it was all done and the parts and paints used to make the truck shine.


Worst Breakdowns

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

If you have been building custom trucks for any length of time chances are you have had a “Worst Breakdown”. Mine was in about 2002 on the way back from a truck show on the Colorado River. I blew a water pump on my 1990 GMC and was stranded off the I-40 in the middle of knowhere.  Thankfully my buddy Chris from PowerSource rolled by with a 3 car hauler and said if you drive this Civic on hydros home I will haul your truck home. Jeremy Cook and I jumped in the Civic and attempted to work the unmarked switch box for the hydraulics all the way home. We laid the car out a few times at 70 miles per hour. Don’t care to relive it but never will forget it.

Your Best Burnout Ever

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

It was about 1993 and a few high school buddies and I drove to Terminal Island Dragstrip when it was still going strong. I had an ’83 GMC shortbed and my friend Jeff had a ’68 Camaro. We pulled into the burnout box and proceeded to burn the rear tires for about a minute and a half so much that the announcer told us to stop. Our rides were not the fastest at the strip but I’ll never forget that burnout-it was pure insanity.

Tell us your best burnout story!!!

Street Trucks on Truck U TV

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Street Trucks at Surf City (http://www NULL.motortopia

Street Trucks Appears on Truck U TV-Airing Sunday Morning-7/11 with reruns throughout the week on Speed Channel.

Street Trucks Magazine Editors were featured on Truck U TV with a spotlight on Street Trucks Magazine Project Trucks at Surf City Garage in Huntington Beach, CA.


Classic Industries 5 Simple Tips for Classic Truck Restoration

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Classic Industries (http://www NULL.motortopia

Huntington Beach, Calif. -A top quality restoration doesn’t happen overnight and with many summer projects in full swing, Classic Industries, the recognized leader in GM restoration parts and accessories, offers five simple tips to help make your at-home truck restoration project painless.

Color Blind – A Masterful Chevy with Plenty of Detail

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

white silverado lead (http://www NULL.motortopia

Eye catching is usually used in reference to trucks with plenty of flash, and splashed in bright colors. However, in the case of Tim Donelson’s Silverado, dubbed “Color Blind” he went another direction completely, yet the truck still catches eyes at every sow. The body was kept entirely white inside and out, it was a risk, but one that Tim was willing to take. To make a bold statement, Tim knew that he would have to pull out a few tricks rarely seen before to make the truck stand out against a sea of flashy trucks in the Texas state. Once all was said and done, the truck hit the show circuit in force snagging Best Of trophies at every event it attended. Thankfully, the white color hides the drool that onlookers are sure to leave after examining all of the unique bodywork and cleanliness of the truck.