I was quite impressed with what you wrote in the Driver's Seat February '10 issue regarding our classic trucks. It is nice that you recognize that not all of us have thousands of dollars to put into our trucks, or have the money to have someone else do the work on our trucks. While show trucks have their merit and have some very nice qualities, it is nice to see homebuilt and on a budget types of trucks gracing the pages of the magazine. I believe our homebuilt trucks deserve just as much coverage as the fancy billet-clad show trucks, and it's refreshing to me to see an editor of a vehicle enthusiast magazine recognize it and actually take the initiative to do something about covering homebuilt trucks. It's not just the big spenders that use products from the various advertisers in the magazine; we budget builders also spend our money with those same advertisers. While I'm sure most of our homebuilt trucks will never be show winners, it's is nice to see some of them recognized once in awhile as we love them just the same as anyone else.
John D. Shank
Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed my editorial and agree with me regarding the direction I hope to head in with CLASSIC TRUCKS. I've said many times over the years that the best part of this hobby is the people, and I believe this even more strongly today than I ever have. At the risk of being redundant I really do believe that CT is every bit as much yours as it is mine, and I hope you'll take me up on my request for input. That said, keep your eyes peeled. The next feature you enjoy may well be on your classic truck.
I've been following you since you first started, 10 years ago or so. I feel we have a lot of in common, and I can relate to you. The article in the latest magazine about the extension of your engine lift was great. I'm always trying to figure out ways to utilize more tools. Of course, you'll always have those who want to pick things apart. But you have inspired me to build one for myself. I'll probably modify it a little. Necessity is the mother of invention. I always have a problem trying to use the correct wall thickness without overkill. I'll probably keep close to that of the engine lift. You don't know how much I appreciated the pix and explanations. I, too, have old trucks and an RV in the backyard. I would like you to take a look at the website my daughter built for me. Thanks for coming back to classic trucks. Keep up the good work.
Hopefully you'll discover some refinements you can add to your version of that body lift. I'm sure there are lots of us guys who hate asking for help-even when we should. The little tricks we come up with during our garage time should be shared not only as helping hands for all but also a good source of entertainment as well. I know a lot of my ideas have made people laugh more than a few times over the years, but then again a lot of 'em have actually worked too!
First, I would like to apologize to you. When you took over I was not too happy. I had become comfortable with Rob Fortier in the driver's seat. The month prior to you taking over I had written Rob expressing my appreciation for his efforts. Well, then you came in. Call it the natural human mind-set to resist change if you will, but I was sure you couldn't do as good a job as Rob had done. This is primarily because reading Rob's editorials was as close to talking with my dad as I had come since his passing in '06. Well, I have given you some time, and it is clear I need to apologize for my quick judgement; you're doing OK. I couldn't agree more with your statements regarding the parts stores of today. My biggest pet peeve: Why do they have to ask if it has A/C when you ask for a carrier bearing for a '71 C-10. C'mon!
I would also like to let you know how great it is to see articles like the $1,000 low-buck small-block in the April '10 issue. Perfect article for the average Joe trying to raise a family and play with an old truck. I would love to even see some more details on picking out a motor from a junkyard (you guys kind of skipped over that). So please keep writing articles that cater to the guy who builds a truck in a garage that is overcrowded with kid's bikes and the wife's Christmas decorations. I enjoy seeing the cubic dollar rides put out by professional builders but unless I win the lottery, it will always be a balance between groceries, kid's shoes, and items for the truck I love to play with.
Thanks again for a great magazine,
Thanks for giving me an honest chance before packin' it in! Rob is a tough act to follow (in more ways than one, believe me) and just happens to be one of my closest friends as well-so I knew I'd have my hands full taking over his seat.
The parts store thing was something that's always bothered me a bit so it felt good getting it off my chest. Though I bet (hope?) that after a few years experience the parts people I was razzing will become more experienced and gradually become the "old hands" we prefer dealing with. Your used engine idea is a good one; I'll have to work on a version of that in the near future!
Thanks for dropping me a line, I appreciate your input!