I can just imagine what the headlines were to read if the AARP newsletter were to post, or print the news that I was just hired as Classic Trucks tech editor. Sure as a stock Tri-Five Chevy has six lugs, or an early F-100 is a 5x5 ½ bolt pattern the copy would probably start out something like this. Confirming Source Interlink Media is an ageism-free environment the company recently announced the hiring of former Tailgate, Custom Classic Trucks, and American Truck editor, 61 year-old California native, John Gilbert as tech editor for Classic Trucks. Alright, so my introduction to Classic Trucks loyal readers is a little goofy, but that's OK because blogs can be a little goofy. The first two images are of my '77 Peterbilt that I no longer own. Don't worry Classic Trucks isn't going to start running articles on old Peterbilts.
Up in the skyblurb I put my slammed '88 Chevy C/K 1500 on the first cover I did at Custom
Here's the flagship of my fleet, it's a Raven Black '56 Ford Big-Window that's so darned o
Here's the front view of the ‘56 as you can see the grille is missing and the old girl is
You can look forward to future tech on '53-56 Ford F-100s, not to mention some stuff coming down the pike on F-1s, Slicks, Bumpsides, and Dentsides. For those of you unfamiliar with the jargon, these are all Fords, and a "Slick" is from '61-66. A "Bumpside" '68-72, (I've got a '72 F-100 shortbed Styleside) and a "Dentside" is '73-79. And of course I don't want to leave out a Fridge, 1957-60.
The short Fleet Big-Window '66 C10 Chevy is a truck that I used to own. I sold it to a friend, and he's already kicking-out the jambs on a ground-up build, so we'll dropping in once in a while to cover some of the tech going-ons. I'll bet that's not grammatically correct, huh? Eh, it's just a blog.
The reason the '66 is loaded backwards on the trailer is there wasn't any steering on the truck, and all I had for help was my trusty Harbor Freight winch. I also have an HF winch setup in my garage to pull derelicts in and out.
Anyways, that's a little about me, and look at some of the trucks I own. Just as soon as I slap a new radiator in my old Chevy I'm going to start pounding the streets looking for tech at some of the best shops around to show how they go about installing things, and of course I'll be looking for cool trucks to shoot as features. And oh yeah, that's my '76 F-250. One last thing before I go, I'd like invite anyone with a tech story they'd like to see us run in Classic Trucks, or know of a truck you think is worthy of a feature, please drop me a line. Letter, email, web contact, carrier pigeon, whatever you prefer.