Since taking back CLASSIC TRUCKS over here a few weeks ago, and before too much time passes, I wanted to take an early opportunity to make sure that we're all on the same page. Now I say this while stressing the fact that there are no major changes in the wings-but (you knew something was up, didn't ya) as many of my friends/readers will recall from my previous go-round, I have an outlook that may not meld completely with what some have become used to over the last few years.
You see, even though it'd be a virtual impossibility to feature all your trucks, I believe that every one of you should at least have the same chance of seeing your pickup featured in CLASSIC TRUCKS as do the rich, the famous, and the professional builder. In other words you may, in fact will, see a feature truck here and there that some may not think is quite worthy of a feature spread (there's one in this very issue as a matter of fact). So in the hopes of heading off a nasty letter or two from some who just don't get it, I wanted to put my cards on the table right off the bat, and also assure you that I won't fill our pages with a boatload of crap either. It's just that the reality is (I believe anyway) that if not for you there'd be no reason for CT to exist and nobody to support the great aftermarket industry that enables us to enjoy the hobby the way we do. Heck, it's you folks that work your fingers to the bone everyday in hopes of ending up with a few extra bucks at the end of the month to spend on parts and materials from our advertisers (and to keep that CLASSIC TRUCKS subscription current, of course). So why shouldn't we help you show your pride and joy to the rest of the world when and if we can?
So as in the past, you'll have a good chance of crossing paths with me at many events across the country this coming season-out in the back 40 possibly looking for your truck mind you, rather than hanging out in the "Pro's Pick" area as some do. But on the other hand, I'm not going to be ignoring those beautiful big-dollar babies either-especially since they inspire the rest of us to shoot as high as we can and often showcase a host of neat ideas and the coolest new offerings from that all-important aftermarket, as well. Anyway, don't get nervous thinkin' that Rizzo's gonna upset the apple cart and go changing a bunch of things-because I'm not. I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I just might approach you one day at a show and ask if I could shoot some photos of that classic truck of yours.
Meanwhile, since my current pickup doesn't quite fit the parameters of CLASSIC TRUCKS (it's a '29 Ford closed cab pickup) I'm gonna find me a project truck that's a bit younger so that I can again spend some time doing some good old fashioned DIY tech out in my home shop just like I did in the old days.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this issue of CT-and when you're finished get your butt out into the garage!