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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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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…

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
parts department

1. TOP-QUALITY TASK FORCE CHEVY/GMC DOORS The 1955-1959 GM Truck Doors from Golden Star are rumored to be the best-fitting doors on the market! Stamped with all-new tooling, these doors are brand new to the market and have been test-fit on many original cabs with rave reviews for their fitment and quality. They include all of the factory-correct holes, pockets, curves—just like OE—and are coated in a silver primer for corrosion resistance. Golden Star offers the best in classic muscle car and truck restoration panels and accessories. For more information, visit Golden Star Classic Auto Parts at www.goldenstarauto.com. 2. OFFICIALLY LICENSED SQUAREBODY GRILLES Auto Metal Direct has redeveloped a full line of GM officially licensed premium quality grilles for the 1973-1987 Chevy Squarebody trucks. With their all-new grilles, you can replace your well-worn grille…

2 min
south city rod & custom–built 1969 gmc

Say what you will about patina—be it true Mother Nature aged or faux—when it comes to the ever-popular 1967-1972 GM 1/2-tons, it’s hard to beat an aged gem that’s been done to the nines beneath all that crusty metal! Before you counter that, take a good look at Dan Williams’ 1969 GMC Sierra Grande and all the effort on behalf of South City Rod & Custom (SCR&C) that lies below… Our buddy Bill Ganahl and his beyond-talented SCR&C crew whipped out this original-paint short-box Fleetside in no time for Dan, who initially bought the truck because of its particular originality and wanted a “patina’d shell with all-new everything else,” according to Ganahl. And, well, that’s exactly what he got! For all intents and purposes, that original shell of a GMC is all…

4 min
installing a cpp slip shaft two-piece driveline

IIt’s hard to argue the visual benefits gained by lowering a classic truck. Getting that vintage hauler sitting right is one of the most important aspects of any build and can make or break the way the truck looks. But achieving that killer stance isn’t as simple as cutting the coils or installing lowering blocks, if you want things to still function as originally intended. And for the 1963-1972 Chevy C10 trucks equipped with a two-piece driveshaft, the upgrades shouldn’t end with the suspension components. Thankfully, not only does Classic Performance Products (CPP) have all the suspension components to sort out that lowering job, they also carry a full line of driveshaft-related parts necessary to make everything work together cohesively. Originally, the 1963-1972 C10s equipped with a two-piece driveshaft utilized a…

3 min
korek designs–built 1952 international l-series

There’s no such thing as “just a truck.” No matter how ugly or how utilitarian, each and every classic truck ever produced has its own charm, whether that’s an actual physical beauty or some sort of sentimental value—even the good old International Harvesters! Even with associated names, such as Loadmaster and Schoolmaster, Silver Diamond and Super Blue Diamond, the International L-Series of light- and heavy-duty trucks is often overlooked by the masses (and I will be the first to admit, overlooked almost completely by me up until now … to me, they were “just a truck…”). But despite their being a true purpose-built workhorse, there’s plenty of modern classic truck potential in these blue-collar beauties! To prove that point with absolutely no room for argument, I present to you the Korek-built…