This month I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of you folks who've been emailing me with welcome back notes and sharing story ideas. It's great to be back, and these notes of congrats and support have not only been quite the ego boost but great help in planning future directions for CLASSIC TRUCKS as well. It seems as though nearly everyone agrees that seeing more homebuilt "real-world" classic pickups is a good idea, and I'm taking this response as a mandate to continue my intended direction. It's with this in mind that as this season unfolds (I'm actually writing this in early February before the good weather has arrived) I'll double my efforts to keep my eyes peeled for neat homebuilt trucks locally and at each and every event we attend from now on. Of course, you'll still be seeing plenty of pro-built stuff too, as ideas and techniques the pros use offer all of us a plethora of tips and tricks we can and often do use ourselves.
Another suggestion that seems to be pretty popular (considering the number of letters and emails I've received in this regard lately) is to focus on the home workshop/garage. I've actually had as many suggestions for stories regarding setting up home shops as I have particular install or fabrication story ideas. That was actually a bit surprising and makes me think that there are a lot more folks out there who are just beginning to get into the hobby than I realized. What an exciting prospect! So, with this in mind, I'll happily continue showcasing new tools, products, and ideas from you folks on setting up shop and getting the job done! In fact, because of these requests I think I may attempt something I've been contemplating for the last couple of years: The complete disassembly/reassembly of my home shop (a typical two-car attached garage). Kind of a classic trucker's version of an extreme makeover (well maybe not extreme, but at least an update that'll help facilitate the upcoming '57 Chevy pickup project I'll be starting in short order). With that said, please continue to share your ideas, tips, and tricks so that I may share 'em with the rest of the gang!
And to all those who are beginning (or contemplating) joining the ranks of classic truckers-please don't hesitate to drop us a line with questions or concerns! Remember, there's no such thing as a dumb question (though I have been known to offer up my share of dumb answers on occasion).