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.
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.
Episode two of Project White Trash picks up with the truck being loaded up and brought home, and serving an eviction notice to some squatters and stowaways. Naturally, the bees and Black Widow spiders that have called the truck home for years don’t give up without putting up a fight. Once they’re gone, it’s time to steam clean the truck and get rid of hundreds of pounds of dirt and grease.
Ever since I was a kid, I loved land speed racing. Guys like Gary Gabelich, Mickey Thompson, Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons seemed “otherworldly” in their quest to go faster than anyone. As I grew older, I decided there was some goals I needed to chase in this amazing form of “free-for-all” motorsports and this version definitely had my name written all over it. I decided to build a streamliner and go play with some crazy guys and girls and chase some crazy records.
In the history of the Indy 500, there has been many different eras of race cars. Cars with mechanic co-drivers, Miller power, front engine Offenhauser roadsters, diesel power, turbine power, rear engine Cosworths, stock block Chevrolets, Buick V-6s, Oldsmobile Auroras, Ilmors, Mercedes, the list goes on and on.