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.
Brian hoofs it out to Squarebody Syndicate World Headquarters for a One n’ Done Saturday, and grabs a solo episode with Kevin Whipps. The guys relive their youth, the 1990’s Euro tuner craze, mini trucks and more. Homage is paid to the great Courtney Hallowell, and then it just goes all over the road.
Sixty-eight episodes (sixty-seven regular plus a bonus one) in and we haven’t been properly introduced. That said, learn all about Alex in this one. Don’t like him? There’s also Camaros and soup and Wiford Brimley. You could probably listen and not even gather what this is about anyway, so it’s all good. And mostly Alex. Grab some oatmeal and enjoy.
Joe Yezzi of Squarebody Syndicate joins the Gearheads to talk lifestyle brands, turning a hobby into a business, and the incredible good fortune of hot-lapping at Indy. If you’ve never been exposed to the unique Arizona car culture, Joe explains and lives it, and has found a way to package that into a popular brand. …and we use the word “bulge” a lot. Like A LOT.
The Gearheads welcome Delmo to the Round Six Podcast and talk trends, branding, organic business and brand growth and international art heists. The man who effectively created the modern truck trend discusses his move from California to Arizona, partnering brands and more. A laid-back and informative episode.
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.
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.
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.