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.
The Gearheads slide into 4-high and spend an evening talking design, marketing, technology and inspiration with Jonathan Ward, the founder and CEO of ICON 4×4 and TLC. Known for their modern take, yet charmingly nostalgic-in-character FJ and Bronco and Derelict builds, the company is blazing new paths through design and forward thinking. We go deep into the “why.”
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.
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.
Round Six’s Eric comes across a 1927 Model T roadster project at a price that’s too low to pass on, and begins to slowly accumulate the missing pieces to put it back together. At the same time, his wife Victoria lays claim to the car, and the build plans for the roadster quickly change. Victoria initially wanted a car that was a bit rough around the edges, but with the help of their good friend Bob, a nicely finished car begins to take shape.
My early years were consumed with following my dad around the garage fetching wrenches and riding to car shows with him. I have pictures of many of his high school cars, almost all of which happened to be ’49 through ’51 Fords. A few coupes, several Fordors, a smattering of Tudors. Of course, I developed a love for the Shoebox Ford.
You’re certainly familiar with Ford SVT’s Raptor. Introduced at the 2008 SEMA Show, shortly thereafter released as a 2010 model, the Raptor was a production version of a trophy truck – or at least as close as the average consumer would get. But what do you do when you scale something good DOWN?
A few nights ago, I was scrolling through the menu of my Amazon Firestick and came across the classic 1983 movie, The Right Stuff. For folks who haven’t seen it, it focuses on two important landmarks in aerospace. The first is the quest to break the sound barrier and the second is the creation of the space program. The movie has a great cast, but there’s one actor that steals the show. Dennis Quaid plays the role of Gordo Cooper, one of the Mercury Seven astronauts. As the movie progresses, you quickly discover that Cooper is the funnyman of the group, and a bit of a prankster. Quaid serves up an awesome performance, and because of that, you instantly become a Gordo Cooper fan
I was in the mini-truckin’ scene pretty heavily. I drove a convertible Isuzu pickup. Two 15’s in the bed under a hard tonneau with a “crawl through” and of course – mint green paint with peach scallops! Looking back it was a hack job, but MAN was I proud of it! Chicks loved it, cowboys hated it, so you know it was cool. I was hanging with my small circle of mini-truck friends at a show. We were kind of snickering (quietly) at a Ford Pinto that had been entered. Bone stock, horrid repaint (fresh paint, still fuming) and rainbow stickers poorly applied running from the headlight to tail light. We joked that the guy must have spent more on the $15 entry fee than the whole car. Danny sat and listened to us, never saying a word while we joked about it for several minutes like immature guys do…