It’s pretty interesting what you can make an old truck do given the proper circumstances …
Recently we took the old ’68 C10 and ran it through a few hoops at the local track and were quite impressed how it held up against other “adversaries.” Sure it wasn’t gonna qualify in the same class as those “muscle cars,” but it was never designed to, was it?!
And that’s what makes it all the more interesting. Though it was never meant to be on the same playing field as the more aggressive Camaros or Chevelles, it held its own. While that market was chasing ground-hugging stances and cone-clearing performance standards, our C10 was off hauling gravel and loading timber from the local home improvement mega-apolis. That’s pretty cool! Hell, we could always haul the trailers those queens are hauled in right?!
But when is enough, enough? Lately, I’ve seen a handful of trucks being built for just such a purpose. A C10 with a full cage built on a tube frame? Really!? That’s just taking it too far. But is it?
This magazine is all about taking trucks and customizing them to the full tilt. Race trucks? There’s a whole NASCAR circuit for just such a thing. Is it so ridiculous? There was a time that the cars that ran NASCAR were based on production vehicles. Can you even draw a comparison now?
That’s not to say that you’re gonna see trucks in this magazine that are built for a race purpose. No, far from it. We’re a magazine based on street-driven trucks. But there’s no reason that the technology, engineering, and science that goes into said trucks won’t find its way into the tech stories that we may present. Isn’t that the whole point? To take the latest and greatest that the aftermarket industry has to present and put it to good use? I couldn’t think of a better platform than the truck market!
Big brakes, modern engineering, and race car-influenced suspension designs are the things that keep our hobby interesting, not to mention safe. This month, we’re dipping into a few of those with the intro to LS engines and a true bolt-on EFI kit install that any truck guy can appreciate.
We’re gonna keep on pushing the performance envelope, while keeping it all real world, so don’t worry if you’re one of those “old-timers”, we’re right there with ya! Though we might take things into the 21st Century, we’re still gonna do a few things “old-school” just to keep it real.
So for all the LS, big brakes, tubular control arm, six-speed stories, we’ll still cover the small-block Chevy build, straight-axle, carb stories we can shake a stick at every month. That, I promise! CCT