I just wanted to let everyone know that us young bucks love old cars and trucks too! Let me start off by saying I first caught the bug back in high school when my grandfather and I started a frame-off restoration on his '36 Chevy. It was the first truck he had ever owned- the truck him and my grandmother got married in. Once we started I was hooked, old trucks were all I could think about. I absolutely cherished the time I got to spend with my grandfather wrenching in the garage. Soon after I bought a '78 Ford F-250 and loved every chance I got to drive it. I'm now 21 and my daily driver is my beloved '64 Ford F-100. After all the hard work I put into getting it back on the road I can't stand pulling up to a gas station or going to a store and hearing, "That can't be your truck" or "You're too young to own that truck." Why do people think old trucks can only be owned by old men? We "kids" are going to be the ones who pass the hobby on to the next generation and keep these iconic vehicles on the road. I'm not saying we should be praised, but at least give us the respect that's due for putting these old trucks back on the road and keeping them alive.
Cody
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Thanks for taking the time to drop me a line. I can really relate to how you feel (even though I'm way beyond the "young buck" stage). When I was a kid I was into old cars and trucks while everyone else was into the muscle car thing-that was back in the very early '70s when cars like Camaros, Firebirds, 442s, and Mustangs were all the rage. Me, I had a '64 GMC and a '48 Ford coupe ... Talk about being the odd man out. Anyway, I got the same comments back then as you are today-only I took them as a sort of praise rather than a negative. I think most of those people who make those comments are not real enthusiasts and are just surprised that you're not into imports like most of the younger generation, and they may just be expressing that in a kind of awkward way. Nonetheless, we do understand and think that it's great that you are carrying the torch for us older folks.

Keep up the good work, and think about sending us a few images of that '64 of yours-we'd love to check it out! -RIZ

I'm sure glad I've kept my collection of CLASSIC TRUCKS since mid 2003. While I was thumbing through them looking at the various contrasting bed wood colors to exterior color combinations, I came across a few articles that I'd forgotten about and were quite timely. I'm in the process of installing a bed wood kit, so the two-part article (Oct. and Nov. '06) on finishing one was quite enlightening, as was the article on interior knob upgrades (June '04). I have to redrill most of the new knobs and that article give me the tip on how to hold the knob in the vise as I do not have a lathe or access to one. The other item I noticed was that over time, CLASSIC TRUCKS has not repeated many tech articles on the same subject, or if you did, it was because of a new twist on how to solve an age-old problem, or a more detailed DIY article.

Keep up the great work.
Brian Marconi
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Thanks for the kind words. Yep, there's a lot to be said for hanging on to those back issues! I know I use mine quite a bit as reference while working out in the shop. As a matter of fact, the older I get the more I seem to need those back issues too!

As far as repeating articles is concerned-that's a given in all automotive publications, since there are only so many phases to a rodstoration and over the years those chores do need to be readdressed from time to time. Anyway, I'm glad those back issues helped, and I hope you're saving the current ones for future use as well! -RIZ