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Classic Truck Performance Volume 2, Issue 9 May 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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4 min
still hammerin’ editor’s letter

I’ve always preached—and will continue doing so as long as I have this literary pulpit in which to do so—that we all need to do whatever it takes to keep the next generation(s) involved in the hobby … and at the very least involved with cars/trucks in some facet or another other than just knowing how to drive them! I truly think it’s important for us to instill the perspective that these vehicles we all love so dearly are much more than simply modes of transportation—that is, if they even have any interest in them to begin with. I know many of today’s youth have little to no desire to own a car, let alone get their driver’s license in the first place. For me, the day I “earned” my CDL…

4 min
parts department

1. MINI FORCE FUEL SYSTEM The popularity of the Force Fuel Sump System has spurred the demand for an even smaller version to fit cramped engine compartments. To answer the call, FiTech is excited to offer the new Force Fuel Mini. Like the other Force Fuel Systems, the Mini is fed through a low-pressure mechanical (or electric) pump, saving the need to modify the entire fuel system. The reservoir of the Mini is equipped with an efficient 255-lph pump and internal regulator to provide a consistent 58 psi of fuel pressure for your EFI system. The compact design of the new Mini Force Fuel fits easily under the hoods of street rods and smaller engine compartments. To make installing the Mini easier, its mounting bracket is designed to be installed in four positions. The…

3 min
kevin clark’s 1966 c10 deluxe

Probably one of the last things any of us ever really thinks about when starting or even in the middle of a truck build is the question of what would happen if we were not able to see it through completion—not for reasons of financial hardship, rather, for reasons of poor health. But, as much as we hate to hear about stories as such, they do happen. Back in 2019, Kevin Clark found himself in the position of acquiring a 1966 Chevy project that had been started, but due to its owner becoming ill could not be completed—let alone ever driven—as intended. And part of the deal was that Kevin would “keep the previous owner’s dream alive,” as he put it. Kevin had every intention of seeing the build through, as…

5 min
borgeson c10 quick ratio steering box upgrade

When thinking of how your truck handles, the first components that come to mind are likely suspension parts. New shocks or coilovers, control arms or sway bars, all have a direct effect on the handling prowess of your truck; however, there’s another important part to consider: the steering. Your truck’s steering capabilities are a huge part in not only the handling but also its overall driving characteristics and safety. To be honest, we didn’t put much thought into what a difference the steering performance can make to a truck until we upgraded our original steering box with a new quick-ratio box from Borgeson Universal Company. The quicker-turning ratio is definitely a benefit, but the overall steering feel is now tighter and delivers improved control and feel while driving. While equipped with factory…

9 min
mike swaney’s showstopper c10

Hot rod builder Mike Swaney didn’t think twice about gifting his 14-year-old son Brad with the rusty 1971 Chevy C10 he had lying around, as well as the cruddy pile of parts that went with it. It had sat dormant for way too many years and he just figured his mechanically competent teenager could throw it all back together for some basic transportation. Even good ol’ Pop would have a hard time believing what the very needy pickup would metamorphosize into under the direction of his talented son. Rusty Bones This story takes place in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, a quiet hamlet about an hour south of Pittsburgh, located in the rolling countryside in the southwest corner of the state. Young Brad grew up alongside his dad watching, learning, and sometimes pitching in on…

5 min
task force sealing solutions

“You get what you pay for.” We’ve heard that before. It’s generally true, and by now we ought to know that penny-pinching can be costly. In this particular instance, however, Kalispell, Montana’s Colten Hart wasn’t exactly pinchin’ pennies when he ordered up door seals from Brand-X online. Perhaps you’ll remember Hart as the young builder who’d purchased a roughly unfinished 1959 Chevy Stepside project. It’s the same truck that received some clever custom taillights in an earlier CTP tech story. At the time of this typewriting that truck is nearly finished, and as you’ll see it’s looking pretty good. Here in the final assembly stages Hart is down to the proverbial short strokes, but so far installing new door seals has been a battle. It’s pretty normal for new rubber to require…