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Classic Truck Performance Volume 2, Issue 2 February 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
still hammerin’ editor’s letter

Welcome to 2021—I think?! We’re a month into the new year, and while I’ll reserve myself from saying things are off to a good start in the overall scheme of things, I will say we’re off to a great start here at In The Garage Media! Why/how is that, you ask? Well, let me start off by announcing that the ITGM Tech Center is now a thing. That’s right, we’re now officially bona fide when it comes to being a full-fledged enthusiast media company, from the magazines right down to the facility in which we produce them … which now includes a fully equipped, fully functional shop, sponsored by Harbor Freight and Duralast! What does that mean for you? Well, to be honest, maybe not as much as it means to me…

4 min
picking up editorial

Right now you are reading the February issue of Classic Truck Performance, making it already feel as if this year is moving along at a rapid pace. As such, we are well into the New Year of 2021 as we begin production on the March issue of Modern Rodding. It’s also been a year since we have had to deal with COVID. I’m sure all of us have in some way made concessions to our daily lives to get through and get through safe and healthy. I will say one of my ways to cope was to spend more time with my 1972 Suburban and fix a handful of little “need to do” items that I never seemed to have time to otherwise fix. Alas, it’s proving to be a…

4 min
parts department

1. STRANGE ENGINEERING HIGH-PERFORMANCE COILOVERS Strange Engineering has been the leader in driveline and suspension for over 50 years. Strange Engineering aluminum coilover shocks are built with proven technology that has been relied on by racers for years. Now that same technology can be applied to your truck. The lightweight, aluminum construction makes tuning the suspension easy by locating the adjuster knob(s) at the bottom of the shock body. The wide range of valving allows each shock to be adjusted to changing track conditions quickly and easily. Available in both single- and double-adjustable configurations, these shocks can also be customized to specific lengths, strokes, and valving by Strange’s talented staff on their in-house shock dyno. The S1413 spanner wrench is the perfect complement for the shocks, allowing you to make spring…

5 min
1971 ford f-100

What first started out as a basic “restore” project eventually turned into a true all-gas no-brakes redesign and build on Fred Bishop’s 1971 F-100. This truck once belonged to his wife’s uncle who was an avid camper, fisherman, and Ford fanatic. Every outdoors trip began by packing the F-100 with all the necessary goods he’d need while roughing it in the wilderness. Fred remembers riding in the truck with Uncle Dave back then when it was bone stock. Now that he was blessed with the opportunity to give the truck new life, he has tried to make the most of it—no matter what came up throughout the three-year build process. Uncle Dave was the F-100’s first and only owner until he passed the keys to Fred about six years ago. What…

5 min
ez a/c lines

When it comes to aftermarket air conditioning systems, the traditional beadlock fitting has been the industry standard since Vintage Air developed their first kit some 40-plus years ago. They provide a reliable, leak-free crimp and are available in a myriad of configurations. But the hose and fittings are bulky and require a single-purpose beadlock hose crimper with the corresponding dies for each hose size, of which there are typically three (#6, #8, and #10). For the homebuilder who wants to DIY his own A/C hoses, an expensive crimping tool and dies must be purchased or the crimping of the A/C hoses must be outsourced to a local automotive A/C shop. But there is an alternative to those bulky, specialty fittings that is actually easier to install, takes up less real…

6 min
1971 chevy c10

Normally the writer of a magazine feature article isn’t supposed to talk about himself in the first person; this is not one of those times. The 1971 Chevrolet C10 built by Ryan “Ryno” Lieberman of Ryno Built Rod & Custom in Southwest Missouri that you see before you is named “Brown Shuga,” and it almost ended up in the crusher. That’s where I come into the story. In the spring of 2018 I saw this sad, derelict, stripped C10 with a title on Facebook for $200 about 45 minutes from my home with the note that if it wasn’t gone by morning it was going to the crusher. Well, I couldn’t let that happen. The truck was bought and brought out to my dad’s farm and dropped off in a tree…