Boy, time really does fly when you’re having fun. It just occurred to me that this is my twenty-first attempt at writing an entertaining editorial. I’m not quite sure if I’ve ever really succeeded (penning an entertaining one, that is), but I’ll have to assume that there were none that ended up crappy enough to elicit more than a couple scolding emails or letters. Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whether or not we can detect a true trend in classic trucking. Over the last 21 months, I think Wes and I have seen just about every conceivable style of pickup that we could imagine.
At nearly every event, cruise night, or burger joint gathering we attend, there always seems to be a conglomeration of build styles that really makes each gathering a treat. There are always a lot of really nice rodstorations, by this I mean relatively stock looking trucks sporting mildly modified late-model drivetrain’s, mildly customized interiors, and either aftermarket “mag” wheels or capped and trim ringed steelies wrapped in modern radial tires. There are also a surprising amount of Pro Street inspired rides fitted with narrowed rearends, ladder bars and barely streetable monster motors. These though are mostly representative of trucks built a few years back when the Pro Street look was prevalent in nearly every aspect of the automotive hobby. And since the aforementioned trend has come to a virtual close (at least on the west coast), we’ve noticed a fare number that have been treated to Pro Streetectomy’s, having their huge tubs, tires, and narrowed rearends swapped out for more user friendly combinations. Much to my own personal delight is a growing number of classic pickups that have begun showing up in two of my favorite yet nearly opposite styles; one style is what I consider traditional, and one contemporary. Now, I know both of these classifications are rather broad in scope and are open to a large amount of personal interpretation but here’s my take on these two styles.
While I’m not extremely rigid in my parameters, an ideal example of a traditional-style classic pickup would be something along the lines of say, a solid, non-metallic colored ’48-52 F-1 with a souped-up flathead or a carbureted V-8. It’d also be decked out in white tuck ‘n’ roll, wide-whites wrapped around a quartet of painted steelies, and a noticeable forward rake. For me, this type of styling idea could work equally as well on anything from a late ’40s to early ’60s classic of any make, and might actually work on some later model years, as well.
My other favorite build style is one that we happily see more and more of every day. These consist of nearly all makes and models too, and exhibit not only an awesome amount of detail but a ton of aftermarket accessories and newly marketed updates, as well. In my mind, an example of a cool contemporary classic would be one that utilizes updated IFS, a computer-controlled fuel injected powerplant, a ground-scraping stance, and large diameter billet wheels.
For the past couple of years, Wes and I have tried our best to showcase as large a cross section of classic pickups as we possibly could. And from your reaction and correspondence it seems as though we’ve hit the mark. Just remember … Variety really is the spice of life, and we’ll try and keep ’em coming. CT