Homebuilt HaulerIt's not often you still have the truck you drove in high school, and then turn around and finish the truck when your son is now the age you were when you bought the truck! In 1971 Bill Rodriguez bought his '55 F-100 when he was a senior in high school. More than 30 years later, Bill and his son Stephen decided it was time to build the truck how it should have already been built. For the past year and a half the two of them have been building the '55 in the family garage. Under the orange-coated sheetmetal the truck has all-new running gear. New springs, sway bars, and Deutsch Tech shocks help the hauler handle through the turns and on the streets, while power brakes bring it to a halt. Powering the Ford is a 350 Chevy with an Edelbrock Performer Series carburetor, intake manifold, and camshaft. Backing the 350 is a Turbo 400 with a B&M shift kit and Lokar shifter. A lot of builders handle everything on the to-do list except for paint, but not Bill and Stephen. They turned their garage into a homebuilt paint booth using some custom-made filters and laid down the orange finish. Then Stephen masked off the flames and shot them in dark blue. The two of them even did the Red Oak woodwork in the bed, tailgate, and rear bumper. A true homebuilt hauler in every sense of the term.
Yes, It's RealBelieve it or not, this yellow and white '68 Chevy C20 really is Michael Cadena's everyday work truck. Michael jumps behind the wheel of the yellow Chevy and pulls his matching T/A concrete pump all over Los Angeles and Orange County pumping out concrete for on-site jobs. Although the truck looks pristine now, that wasn't the case in the beginning. When Cadena was deciding on an everyday work truck a few years back, he didn't want to go with a brand-new hauler, he wanted something with S-T-Y-L-E. What he found was a beat '68 Chevy, but under all the dings, dents, and more it had class. Cadena stripped the truck down and painted the yellow and white scheme. Then a new 350 crate motor was dropped in along with a 4 on the floor and disc brakes. Besides work, the Chevy finds its way to many a show, where Michael finally puts up a note on the truck exclaiming that it really is his work truck and not a phony. A man can only answer a certain question so many times before he cracks!
Snowbirds, Eat Your Heart OutWhen some people retire they migrate from warm climate to warm climate in their newly acquired RV. Others throw on some goofy checkered shorts and play golf or shuffleboard. As for Carlos and Marian Silva, their idea of retirement is totally different. Their recreation comes in the form of a bagged and slammed '53 Chevy. The Toreador Red '53 is equipped with a Mustang II frontend that was installed because the Silvas knew the truck would see mile after mile out on the road. Complementing the Mustang II setup is a four-link out back with a Posi-traction rearend. At each corner sits an airbag, which allows for ideal ride heights at any time. Along with the updated suspension is a new 350 crate engine from GM Performance Parts and a 700R transmission. Keeping Carlos and Marian comfortable is a new A/C system, power windows, and Beige and Sand leather upholstery. Snowbirds, eat your heart out!
Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: CCT, Readers' Trucks, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it.