If you have a Classic Cruiser and want to see it here, e-mail at least six high-resolution photos and background info to the e-mail address above, or mail prints to: Classic Trucks, Attn: Grant Peterson, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870.
The Print Shop Pickup
Winslow is a '48 Ford F-1 that belongs to Thom Moore and his family, who own a small print shop in Portales, New Mexico. The Moores bought the truck with the original intention of promoting the business with it, but over the years the Ford has become a member of the family. He still has his original 239-cubic-inch Flathead V-8 that grunts through the stock four-speed truck tranny with the compound first gear, but you won't hear much of the whine from the double-clutchin' tranny over the custom dual exhaust by A & G Muffler in Clovis, New Mexico. The Moores updated the electrical to a 12-volt system, and added keyless entry and Rhino Liner to the bed and running boards. Dave's Upholstery, also in Clovis, re-covered the Cutlass Calais seat and freshened the rest of the interior up while they were at it, and Walker's Paint & Body Shop dressed Winslow in his new red exterior. Thom's mother-in-law even pitched in and etched the back glass with the company name, while Thom's uncle painted in the Ford script on the tailgate. Seeing the '48 outside the shop is bound to make anybody stop to have a look!
To Be 20 And On The Money
Cory Smith set his sights on a '59 Chevy shortbed Stepside truck four years ago at the eager age of 16. Since then he has not only kept a handle on all his scholastic duties, but with the help of his dad, the two have also completely rebuilt the old truck into something they couldn't be more satisfied with. The father and son team did all the work on the Chevy from the top to the bottom and inside and out, which included installing a Volare front clip. They also used the Volare rearend to keep the bolt pattern the same fore and aft so they could mount the American Racing 15x8 deep-dish chrome smoothies. The duo even took care of the body and paint chores and covered their hard work in a cool silver metallic. Cory learned a few things about electrical systems as he rewired the whole truck. Inside, the guys put in a seat from a late-'80s Pontiac Grand Am, and the tilt column is from an '85 Caprice to keep things comfortable.
While Cory says the drivetrain isn't anything fancy at this point, he's still proud of their work with the GM 305 crate engine. The small-block still retains the stock aluminum intake and Q-Jet carb, and it's all backed by a 700-R4, but he has big plans for January. Cory's shopping list includes an Edelbrock Performer intake and carb, MSD HEI distributor, electric fan, and a boatload of chrome to go under the hood, all thanks to a nice chunk of money from scholarships. Better keep up the good grades, Cory!