The 1st Annual Editor's Build-Off
OK, like we don't already have enough on our plates as it is. Nevertheless, even though we share office space with the editors of Custom Classic Trucks, Grant and I felt a little something to spike friendly competition was in order, especially since its new staff was supposedly all settled in. We wanted to see if that was true or not! Upon learning of CCT editor John Gilbert's latest acquisition-a '72 SWB F-100-it was a no-brainer: We were about to stage the first-ever magazine editor's build-off between the two titles!
If you recall, Grant had been on the hunt for a '67-72 Ford pickup since he came on board, and he finally located and subsequently purchased a '68 F-100 Stepside. Together, he and I had loosely hashed out a game plan for the truck's future. Before we mapped out anything solid, along came Gilbert's '72, and no sooner than that the lightbulbs started to flicker. Why not get the two magazines together for a friendly build-off? Not able to think of any reasons against it, the plans were laid out, and here's what we've got so far.
Sticking to his original plan, Peterson's '68 will be a hot rod-inspired hauler centered around a 4.6L cammer Ford with a six-speed manual from Keisler. The twin I-beam suspension will be tossed in favor of Fatman Fabrications' relatively new IFS kit for the '67-72s. Behind that, the workhorse 9-inch will lose its leaves in favor of Fatman's four-link, and as it stands now, the truck will roll on 18-inch American Magnum 500s with Nitto rubber. While we agreed that final paint would not be part of the official build-off rules, there are some obvious areas in need of attention on the exterior of Grant's Ford, and to address those, he'll be working with National Parts Depot (who he'll also look to for interior needs) and LMC to cure his woes.
Gilbert's F-100, on the other hand, is in stark contrast, as he has a "Gasser" style in mind. To implement that, he'll go with a Flex-Fuel-friendly 427 Ford OHV (set up for use with E85) backed by a beefed-up C-6 with a Gear Vendors Under-Overdrive. For the suspension, he's going to stick with the twin-beam setup, which ought to be pretty interesting when all's said and done. Billet Specialties wheels with a combo of Mickey T meats and BFGoodrich radials will be utilized, and he'll be working with Dennis Carpenter for any exterior repair.
The basis for the build-off is simple: Both editors must complete their trucks in time for the 2007 Americruise in Lincoln, Nebraska. The catch is that they both have to drive them to the event on the Western leg originating in SoCal. If they make it in one piece-that is, if John makes it-they'll both participate in the road course competition, proving once and for all who's number one!
The 1st Annual Editor's Build-Off will be documented monthly in each respective title. Moreover, the building stages will also be featured on our magazine's Web sites (www.classictrucks.com and www.customclassictrucks.com, respectively), so be sure to keep up with their progress.