When it comes to producing an issue of Custom Classic Trucks each month, it's kind of funny how things can fall into place. Take, for example, our editorials. Cody and I have no idea what each other's subject matter will be, yet in last month's edition we both mentioned a '94 Z28 Camaro and Elvis. Another strange thing that happened that kind of made my editorial look like a big suck-up was mentioning the SEMA Action Network while a half-page public service announcement for SAN appeared on page 75-what were the odds of that happening? I don't know if the SEMA PSA is going to run again in this issue, so in case it doesn't, I'd like to mention that logging on to www.semasan.com would be beneficial to anyone concerned about protecting our way of life.
Of course, in addition to the weirdness that sometimes occurs within the pages of CCT, there are the strange things that happen while we're trying to produce tech stories or truck features. One of the neat things about working in Primedia's Rod & Restoration Group is that we are located in the Placentia office, which is a monstrous three-story structure complete with an underground parking lot we're allowed to keep our project vehicles in. Not too long ago, I had to swing by the office to pick up the '86 Dodge D-150 we are in the process of customizing because I had an 8 a.m. appointment at STP Performance in Anaheim to tear into the Dodge's transmission. I arrived in Placentia at 7:50 a.m. and proceeded to dump two quarts of ATF into the truck when, holy crap, the building's burglar alarm went off! The blaring alarm bell was right next to the Dodge, and I was in front of one of the closed-circuit TV cameras. Needless to say, it was a very stressful situation. Remembering what one of the guys on the Super Chevy staff did, I decided to make a run for it and dodge the police. It was about the time that I thought "dodge the police" that I pondered the irony of the expression and started to laugh uncontrollably-the thought of being captured on film only made me laugh harder. My laughter subsided abruptly when I faced the reality that I was probably going to get shot by the police attempting to leave in a $500 Dodge.
Waiting for the motorized gate to open took forever as I kept an eye out for the police. As soon as I cleared the ramp and didn't find any cops, I gun-booted the Dodge, only to discover a little white Honda parked in my way with a kid running around with his eyes open wide like he had just seen God. I recognized the kid, but I was feeling kind of mean, so I acted like I didn't and yelled at him if he worked here. He answered, "Hey, John, it's Mitch, I work here, I entered my code and it didn't work." The two of us reentered the building, I entered my code, and since I never actually used it before, I waited on needles and pins to find out if I had memorized it correctly...the alarm shut off, and I jumped in the Dodge and split.
Further in this issue, we have a tech story on electrical wiring and components featuring Custom Classic Trucks' '72 F-100 Ford pitted against Classic Trucks' '68 F-100 in the Bulletside Build-Off, or as CT likes to call it, the Bumpside Build-Off. We've made a few revisions to our original plan, but the theme for the '72 is still going to be a street-driven gasser. Since I last wrote about the '72, No Limit Engineering and Classic Performance Products have come on board, as well as Moser Engineering with one of their bitchin' M9 fabricated rearends. As of yet, I'm not sure which engine I'll be running. I know I intended to run a small-block 427, but that would shoot the snot out of my budget. The Ford Motor Company came through for Classic Trucks' F-100 with a SOHC 4.6 motor, so I know I'm going to have to find a pushrod motor that will put up a good fight. I'm thinking either a 460-inch Lincoln or Ford, or bore-and-stroking my existing 302 out to a 347. I'm not sure, but there's one thing that I do know, and that is things are really going to heat up when Grant and I roll our F-100s out for Americruise late this June...hope to see you all there.