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Classic Truck Performance Volume 2, Issue 1 January 2021

Classic Truck Performance is dedicated to '40s-'90s American-made haulers. CTP features include the latest in custom builds, technical articles, new products and special features.

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2 min
10th annual dino’s git down

Well, 2020 hasn’t been a total loss as far as events go. Under strict city/state guidelines, with masks up, the highly anticipated 10th Annual Dino’s Git Down went down without a hitch this past November at the Westgate Entertainment District in sunny Glendale, Arizona … and we were there to catch all the action! https://vimeo.com/492166924 Following CTP’s “public debut” earlier in the year at the C10 Intervention in Auburn, California, it was good to get back out on the road and venture outside our restricted comfort zone for the two-day event sponsored by our good friends LMC Truck. We had the pleasure of cruising out on Interstate 10 with Jimenez Bros. Air Ride & Rod Shop to debut Josh Dunn’s beautiful C10, which was displayed alongside our In The Garage Media pop-up…

6 min
hammerforming a seat brace

The aftermarket provides an abundance of reproduction parts for classic trucks, but there are some parts that are not available. One of these is a bucket seat cab brace for a 1969-1972 Chevrolet C10—and they are virtually impossible to find in wrecking yards. Adam Cecil is building a C10. Being a person who likes challenges, he hatched the idea of making his own seat brace by utilizing the hammerforming process. A lot of people think that anything shaped with a hammer could be called “hammerformed,” but the specific process we are describing involves making a form of some durable material, holding a piece of metal tightly against it, and then hammering the metal until it takes the shape of the form beneath it. This is distinctly different from the freehand way…

4 min
picking up editorial

While you are enjoying all the fun you can have with your ride and reading Classic Truck Performance how about a few words on the fun we are having over here at Modern Rodding. We are moving into the Feb. ’21 issue of MR as we settle into our monthly production routine. Not an uncommon move for CTP Editor Rob Fortier or I as we are longtime monthly scribes. Yet, it’s a different world and everything seems to be moving much faster in compressed time. Could it be all of those technological advancements we hear about are allowing us to work faster and more efficiently while at the same time we are producing more and more in the same period of time as before and ending up with less time?…

3 min
still hammerin’ editor’s letter

Here we are, hopefully putting 2020 as far back in the rearview mirror as possible and looking toward a sign of semblance for the coming new year. I won’t use phrases like “new normal” or “great reset,” as I don’t want to use this as a political pulpit—there’s enough of that going on around us. Let’s just say, I hope 2021 is what we all hoped 2020 would be before it turned into the nightmare kickoff to the new decade that it has ended up being in so many aspects. But 2020 wasn’t a total loss. Aside from the majority of events being canceled this past year, I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend—and subsequently cover—Dino’s 10th Annual Git Down in Arizona just before Thanksgiving. It was…

6 min
skinning a rusty cab corner part 2

As long as ol’ trucks are prone to corrosion, we’ll stay busy around here—same as anywhere. Upon moving our operation from Southern California to northwestern Montana we made a surprising discovery. Old trucks here don’t rust much more than they do there. Sittin’ out to pasture, off the road, away from snow-melting salt brine and magnesium chloride, precious sheetmetal stands a decent chance for survival. Even so, we’re glad to have our rust-repair skill sets—for the future, if we ever finish the job we brought with us. The 1955 second-series Chevy we’ve been building for so long is a California truck. With the usual rust in the usual places, its cab will be an easy save, made even easier thanks to Brothers Truck Parts for the options they offer. Earlier we opted…

2 min
1967 ford bumpside

Who in their right mind would buy and subsequently build a Bumpside Ford pickup primarily for the purpose of autocross/road racing? Derek Brown, that’s who! “Before I bought this truck,” Derek told us, “I was at a Goodguys event in Del Mar and there was a 1967 F-100 running autocross. I thought, ‘Man I got to get into this since I’ve been racing my entire life!’ I started in motocross … then went to shifter kart racing … then onto Sprint Cars in late-model stock. I still race motocross today.” So, the bad Bumpside bug bit—now Derek just needed to satisfy that fix with the right F-100. “After searching for one of these trucks for over a year, I found this one in Fresno, from the original owner. I flew up there,…