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.
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.
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
The magazine is looking better than ever. You have a style to the mags you edit that makes us feel like you're right there with us in our shops, bending wrenches beside us. A fine example is your recent article "I-Beam to IFS." Any chance that '57 Chevy will be running in time to tow your camper up to Bonneville this year? You could do a huge article on "The Trucks of Speed Week." Don't let another year go by without being a part of it. The only sad part about your first visit is thinking of all the years you missed.
I was wondering what product you use to kill rust in hard-to-reach places? Like behind your boxing plates or, in my case, behind the patch panels I welded in to shave my door handles. I can't get a grinder up there to clean up the weld area. I was thinking of spraying the area with "Rust Seal," because I wouldn't have to paint it unlike the "Rust Mort" that I'm using where I'll be painting. Or how about behind the sheetmetal I used to round the corner of my door? That's bare metal in there. I haven't found a "Weld-Thru" primer I like yet.
Thanks again for a great mag. I'm really glad I renewed my subscription. And by the way, Rob's doing terrific with Rod & Custom; I renewed that one too. See ya on the Salt Flats!
It's always good to hear from you! I will make it to the Salt Flats one of these days, but I've got quite a lot of work ahead of me where the '57 is concerned!
Regarding your battle against rust ... I've always had great success using rust treatment products from the Eastwood Company. For boxing plates I usually complete my installation and then drill a small hole in the frame as close to opposite of the plates as possible. I then use an aerosol can of Eastwood Heavy-Duty Anti-Rust (PN 16031Z) equipped with a nozzle and extension tube pirated from an old WD-40 can. I insert the tube into the holes and spray the Anti-Rust liberally. The HD Anti-Rust covers the exposed backside of the joint and flows into the crevices setting up into a flexible watertight coating.
Up inside doors and similar areas I sometimes use the same Heavy-Duty Anti-Rust or Eastwood Rust Encapsulator (PN 16060Z) aerosol. The good thing about the Encapsulator is that it can be painted over if need be. The only weld-through primer I've ever had good luck with is an Eastwood product as well. Copper Weld-Through Primer stands up to the welding heat, and its copper enrichment helps to dispel heat too.
Hope this helps; so far this is what's worked well for me! -RIZ