There are always opportunities to do some surfing for must-see and must-have custom classic truck/car-related sites for parts or ideas. Here are 10 more great places to visit on the Web. If we've missed some of your favorite Internet locales, please send suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. www.mar-k.com - Mar-K Quality Parts makes and distributes classic truck parts for Chevy, Ford, Dodge, and custom trucks.
2. www.mcgaughys.com - When McGaughy's Suspension Parts opened in 1988, it had already successfully engineered a power-steering conversion for Tri-Five Chevys. The company is still creating new parts to increase the value and fun of your Chevy, Ford, or Dodge.
3. www.nationalpartsdepot.com - National Parts Depot is an automotive parts mail-order business that ships from four strategically located fully-stocked warehouses. This enables the company to deliver parts to most of the continental U.S. in just one to three business days. It is a supplier of concours-correct parts and accessories for the Thunderbird, Mustang, Camaro, Chevelle, Firebird, Trans Am, El Camino, and Ford trucks.
4. www.nwautofab.com - Northwest Autofab is a full-service shop that specializes in classics, street rods, and trucks. From maintenance to frame-off customizing and award-winning service for 20 years, the possibilities are endless. Northwest Autofab could help make your custom classic dreams a reality.
5. www.newport wipers.com - Check out all the wiper systems available for vintage trucks and cars from the experts-Newport Engineering. Hobbyists may believe they won't get caught in the rain when taking the hotted hauler on a sunny Sunday cruise, but that's the time when Mother Nature really makes some weather.
6. www.obschevy .com - Obsolete Chev-rolet Parts Co. has been serving the avid and amateur restorer since 1968 with quality parts and service. The company offers original GM and reproduction parts for your Chevy car or truck from '29-70s.
7. www.oldairproducts.com - Old Air Products provides custom A/C, heat, and defrost systems for most antique and classic cars and trucks. One can browse its online store full of A/C and heating parts, accessories, custom units, and factory replacement parts.
8. www.pacificwesterndesign.com - Pacific Western Design is another company that provides windshield wipers and wiper systems for vintage cars and trucks. Since it is located in the Northwest, the company knows a thing or two about rain.
9. www.pawengineparts.com - Performance Automotive Warehouse provides an extensive mail order warehouse for high-performance engine parts. Visit the PAW website for high horsepower and gobs of torque-producing engine components.
10. www.performancedistributors.com - Late legendary racer and ignition wizard Kelly Davis founded Performance Distributors in the mid-'70s. The company has developed an advanced line of high-performance and racing ignition systems. Its line of H.E.I. distributors, the D.U.I. (Davis Unified Ignition), is now available for Chevy, Ford, AMC, Chrysler/Dodge, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, and Toyota Land Cruisers.
EventsFebruaryFebruary 25-26 - Monticello, IA: The 37th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Rod & Custom Car Show will be held at the Monticello Berndes Center (Youth Center Building). For more info, contact Galen Muller at (319) 465-5119 or (319) 465-5380; visit www.rodandcustomcarshow.com.
MarchMarch 10-12 - bakersfield, ca: The Goodguys' 47th March Meet will be held at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway, featuring race cars, rods, customs, and classics through '72. For more information, check out www.good-guys.com.
March 25-26 - Pleasanton, ca: The Goodguys' 24th All American Get-Together will feature all years of American cars and trucks. We'll have vendors, a huge swap meet, and a car corral. For more info, check out www.good-guys.com.
AprilApril 1-2 - FREDERICKSBURG, TX: The 2nd Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree will be held at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Last year's draw was 654 trucks-expect that to double this year. Look for rock crawling, monster truck racing, Mikey Thompson Tough Trucks, and the show-n-shine program. For more info, visit www.familyevents.com, or call (317) 236.6522.
MayMay 6-7 - SPRINGFIELD, MO: The 9th O'Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree returns to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Hosting 789 trucks last year, the possibility of a rock crawl in front of the grandstands will bring more to play. Monster trucks and STOCK Tough Trucks will be the big features for this event. For more information, visit www.familyevents.com, or call (317) 236.6522.
May 19-21 - LIMA, OH: The 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts Spring 4-Wheel Jamboree ventures into western Ohio to the Allen County Fairgrounds. This is the first full-blown jambo of the year with NMRO Mud Drag Racing, Mickey Thompson Tough Trucks, Monster Truck Thunder Drags, and custom show trucks. For more info, visit www.familyevents.com, or call (317) 236.6522.
JulyJuly 7-9 - BLOOMSBURG, PA: The 19th Annual Summer 4-Wheel Jamboee will feature more than 3,000 trucks. For more information, visit www.familyevents.com, or call (317) 236.6522.
Goodguys' Chosen 5 HonoredThe Goodguys Rod & Custom Association honored the Chosen 5 of '05, an elite group of award-winning cars and trucks at the season-ending 8th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona. The lineup featured Tom Long's Minnesota-based '51 Ford long-roof woodie wagon (Goodguys/Eagle One Custom Rod of the Year), Rick and Retna Clutter's '56 Ford pickup from Southern California (Goodguys Truck of the Year-Late), Willie Wagner's Kansas-based '62 Chevy Bel Air (Goodguys/Unique Performance Muscle Car of the Year), Gary Brigham's '29 Ford pickup from Kennesaw, Georgia (Goodguys Truck of the Year-Early), and Doug MacLander's British Columbia-based hemi-powered '32 Ford sedan (Goodguys/DuPont Hot Hues Hot Rod of the Year). If the '56 Ford F-100 and '29 Ford Model A roadster pickup look familiar, they were both feature trucks in recent issues of CCT. Congratulations to the Chosen 5 of '05!
Goodguys' Chosen 5 of '05 are not new awards, but the selection method was new-and very exciting. Instead of picking the awards at specific events, as in the past, Goodguys selected finalists for each award at different events around the country, providing car owners from all over a shot at winning.
"It added a lot of excitement and variety to our entire 2005 event season," said Harry Davies, Goodguys VP of event operations. "Having all five winners on display here in Scottsdale from all over the country was spectacular. It was truly a national lineup of all-star cars and trucks!"
Goodguys will again select a Chosen 5 in 2006 by qualifying a finalist for each award at various events around the country. Stay tuned to www.good-guys.com for a full list of all 2006 Goodguys events and special awards.