Archive for April, 2011

Fabricating a Throwback Dashboard for a Square Body

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
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So where do you start, and what’s the best way to perform such a feat? We began our quest searching through wrecking yards with our trusty measuring tape, a reciprocating saw and a current tetanus shot. The primary characteristics to look for in a dash are similar width and height to the old version; this will make installation simpler.

All of you guys who have been living under a rock for the past five years; this article is for you! Some of the most influential truck builds from the previous five years seen right here in the pages of Street Trucks have installed a custom throwback dashboard. (more…)

Sittin’ Pretti Does it Again in the Northwest

Monday, April 18th, 2011

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The longest running show in the Northwest was back again and bigger than ever before. The kickback pace and the perfect weather is a welcome vacation from the hot and humid shows elsewhere during the summertime. The hospitality shown by the folks from Sittin’ Pretti car club is immense and is passed on to those attending the show, ensuring that everyone has a great and memorable experience at the event each year. (more…)


Friday, April 15th, 2011
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Owner: Mike Baldwin, 1990 Mitsubishi Mighty Max, Frisco, TX, Art of Noize

Mike Baldwin might be a little bit young for a midlife crisis, but at the age of 33, he’s reliving his high school days, this time with much more style and a truck that his younger self would never have come close to even imagining. Mike grew up in San Diego where the tradition of 2nd Street cruising in El Cajon has a long history with the hottest trucks and hot rods rolling the strip. Mike and his family attended these events regularly, and it formed his passion for custom cars and trucks at a young age. In the early ‘90s, the next generation of gearheads was coming up and mini-trucks were their hot rods. When Mike was in high school mini-trucks were plentiful, filling the parking lot from fence to fence. Mike quickly decided what his vehicle choice would be. His father gifted the family work truck to him, an ‘87 Mitsubishi Mighty Max, and it quickly turned into a custom project. (more…)

Whoa Black Betty

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Eric Baca, 1996 Chevy Tahoe, Phoenix, AZ, Art of Noize

Eric Baca of Phoenix had always wanted to build a two-door Tahoe ever since Craig Elder busted out his wife Wendy’s body-dropped ’96 two door almost a decade ago. When Wendy’s bright Tangelo Orange, rocker-dragging, two-door Tahoe graced the cover of Street Trucks Eric vowed that someday he would build one. That day came in 2009 when a good friend was in need of some cash and had just the fix Eric needed in the form of a ’96 two-door Tahoe begging to be set flat on the ground over big wheels and stuffed with show truck style. (more…)

Ludikrs Kustomz, IFS Coatings and Superior Sandblasting Give Our C-10 Bones Some Flash

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
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Freshly powder-coated and detailed parts always produce a smile. See how our chassis came alive at Ludikrs Kustomz.

When building a full custom show truck it’s the details that count. Tricks such as subtle body mods that only people who really know the body style of truck you are building will catch, a fully polished supercharged mill under the hood, or a completely detailed chassis are the build traits that will take your truck places—like the cover of your favorite truck magazine. (more…)

Mystery Man

Monday, April 4th, 2011

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Jeff Lewis Sr. was a trucker by trade for more than 30 years, and Mystery Man was his CB handle. He worked hard to provide for his family, which often forced him to be away from home many days out of the year. As a kid, his son Jeff looked forward to summertime when he was out of school and would ride shotgun with his dad in his rig. As the he got older, the younger Jeff began building custom trucks and attending shows, and he brought his dad along with him so they could connect and spend some time together. Jeff Sr. enjoyed the shows and everyone in the club that his son belonged to, Relaxed Atmosphere. He even started telling people that he was “The Real Jeff Lewis.” (more…)