Alex’s blog entries
This is the story of a long term truck project that that hung around while we raised a family and built our careers. It’s a series of highs and lows, from the excitement of the initial purchase to the difficult decision 27 years later to let it go. Instead of being sad story, it became a labor of love to get it ready to sell at the famous L.A. Roadster Show swap meet. It also became a satisfying one, being able to be a part of the excitement of when someone buys a truck they’ve always dreamed of.
After the completion of the Z-ing of the chassis, it was time to start modifying the stock inner fenders. Not wanting to eliminate them completely or going with an aftermarket inner fender, Alex took up the challenge to rework the stock units to make them look factory. At the same time, the firewall was repaired, reworked and painted as well.
After a very successful SEMA show, the Round Six team decides to attend the 2019 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. What starts out as a simple plan gets sent into hyperspace when they decide to turn the knob up to 11. In a two and a half week period, they design and assemble an incredible display that serves as their podcast command post for what becomes an extremely successful show.
Project White Trash finally got put back on it’s wheels after getting the rear axle narrowed, but the excitement wears off quickly. A quick glance at the lower control arms reveals that they are so low to the ground that they’ll hit on every crown in the road. After researching a lot of suspension options and coming to the conclusion that they are not in the budget, Alex recalls a decades-old conversation with a friend about an extremely cost-effective option. Little did he know that the wheels were already in motion, and the decision to do this mod was already made.
Project White Trash gets its rear axle narrowed to fit the ET Super wheels that were restored in the previous episode. Alex also bends up new rear brake lines and decides on the ride height. Once that gets determined, the truck finally comes off of the jack stands and gets back on it’s wheels for the first time in a long while.
Hot Rod Magazine and In-N-Out Burger celebrated their 70th Anniversary together with a huge celebration at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. The event turned out over 2000 cars, along with a full day of drag racing and plenty of great food provided by In-N-Out.
The Speedkore 1970 Charger, known as Evolution, shows the culmination of ideas and technology that put them on the industry map as one of the premier custom builders in the country. With a body made nearly completely out of carbon fiber, a high horsepower Hemi, and an impeccable attention to detail showing high quality craftsmanship, the Evolution Charger is sure to turn the automotive world on it’s head when it debuts at the SEMA show in 2018.
While collecting parts for a prior Z/28 Camaro project, Chip Foose stumbled across a rare 302ci engine out of a 1967 Z/28. He thought it would be really cool to find a 1967 Chevy short bed pickup and then do something that the factory designers should have done back in 1967. How about combining the body of a C-10 with the drivetrain of a Z/28, and then sprinkle some first-generation Camaro bits into the mix? And when you’re done, call it a C/28.
In this episode of Project White Trash, the wheels are set in motion, literally. Alex agonizes over getting a wheel and tire combination that gives the truck that vintage vibe that he’s envisioning. After a lot of researching, he settles on a rare set of wheels with the proper width and backspace to fit the truck. The wheels have seen better days and are going to need some serious repair. Follow along as he turns a set of 5-spokes that were destined for the scrap pile into something that screams ’60s coolness.
Part five of Project White Trash focuses on swapping out the antiquated Eaton HO52 rear axle out of the 1964 Chevy truck and installing a 12-bolt out of a 1979 Chevrolet Suburban. It also highlights the subtle differences between the axles in the 1960 to 1987 Chevy and GMC trucks, as well as giving some great tips on how to make a lowered truck ride much better.