I'm a new subscriber and recently finished a '71 Chevy Stepside from the ground up. I have only been to one car show, but I won First Place and Best of Show in my class. Only about 20 trucks were in the show, but, being that it was my first show, I don't think that was too bad. How can I get a photo of my truck in your magazine?
First off, thanks for subscribing, and we hope you're enjoying CT. As far as your question goes, it's one we get asked nearly every day, and one I should have answered in print a long time ago. So here it goes.
Since us editor types can't be everywhere at once, we find a major portion of our feature trucks at the events we attend during the year. As you may or may not be aware, we're present at at least seven Goodguys events during the course of a season, plus others like the F-100 Supernationals, the Brothers Show & Shine, and more. Though these events do get us out of sunny SoCal during the year, it's not nearly enough to see even a fraction of the cool trucks that are really out there. So what you and anyone else who's interested need to do is submit photos and a bit of info to our Classic Cruisers section. This is a great way to get your truck before the eyes of an editor. If we like what we see, and you've enclosed your contact information, we'll get a hold of you to see if we might be able to either meet up at an upcoming event or see if we have a freelance photographer in your area that we can make arrangements with. So get on the stick and send us some snapshots-who knows what may happen. RIZ
In one of your issues you had a '56 Chevy truck with a '79 Camaro front clip in it. The owner said he had lowering spindles in it. I've been looking for lowering spindles forever and can't find them anywhere. Could you help me find someone who sells them?
You got to start paying closer attention to the ads in CT, my boy. I read your email, opened up the latest issue of CT I had at hand, and wouldn't you know it. Right there were listings for both drop spindles and tubular A-arms for '67-81 Camaros! From more than one source too!
All kidding aside, you'll be amazed at what goodies you'll find by just reading the ads in CT as closely as you would a tech story or a feature. There's been many a time I've discovered treasures hidden in the fine print of those ads. I hope this helps! RIZ
I'm currently working on a '53 Ford F-100 pickup truck and am going to use a '79 Ford 302 engine. I'm thinking of putting a Mustang II IFS unit onto the truck. Do these IFS units have places to mount my engine on them, or do I have to buy other parts and attach them to the IFS?
Most IFS conversions do not include engine mounts as part of the kit, but nearly every company that offers these types of conversions also carries a multitude of engine mounting brackets and mounts as well. I assume since people use a myriad of engine/transmission combos in their projects it's much easier for the manufacturer to offer engine bracket/mounting kits for specific usages individually. Give your manufacturer(s) of choice a call, order a catalog, and check the index for engine mounts. You could also check out any number of the advertisers in this issue; more than likely you'll find quite a few offering engine mounts and brackets (and transmission mounts and crossmembers as well). RIZ
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Thanks for the great magazine; it's the only thing I enjoy pulling out of my mailbox!
I am working on a '60 Apache, and it's time to think paint. The colors that I would like to use are PPG but going to the local paint shops in my town without the color number is, well, like getting blood from a turnip. Is there a book that a do-it-yourselfer can get his hands on with color names and codes? If so, sign me up so I can get my paint and not hear: "Sorry we can't match any paint color's by name; we only match codes."
It sounds as though the colors that you've chosen may have originated in a PPG specialty finish chip book (their custom colors) or from a name a vehicle owner gave you, rather than a domestic or import chip book (factory OEM colors). If this is the case, you're just going to have to either find a semi-local PPG jobber and check out a paint chip book, or perhaps punch in PPG's website at www.ppg.com and click on automotive refinish. There is also a jobber or distributor database on their site that'll help you find your nearest dealer. If this sounds like a bit too much work for you, go back to your local paintjobber and see if they have custom paint chips from another custom finish producer. They all have large offerings-who knows, you might find some colors you like even better than the originals you've found. RIZ