Riz, I truly enjoyed your comments in your December “Driver’s Seat”. I always wanted to restore a classic truck. However I never had the time while I was working. Now that I am retired I have started on a ’51 Chevy five-window. Although I would never expect to get in the pages of any publication it gives me much pleasure to work on it. I am doing all the work myself. As I can afford it I buy the best parts that I can, like power windows, etc. I also plan to do all the body and paint (with a little help from a friend of course). I don’t know how anybody can make them perfect without some flaws.
P.S. Can’t wait for the next issue of CLASSIC TRUCKS. Thanks for all of your encouragement.
Hi Bob! Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you’re enjoying CT. I’d love for you to keep in touch and keep me in the loop as how you’re progressing. There’s nothing I love more than true homebuilt hot rod pickups! Looks like you’re doing a fine job—can’t wait to see more. RIZ
Riz, I have been reading your articles since the first time you were with CLASSIC TRUCKS and let me just say a couple of things: I for one am very happy to have you back here at CLASSIC TRUCKS. You are a great representation of “every man.” What I mean is that you do and build like 99-percent of us out here in the real-world scrimp and save for the next part or upgrade until we can actually enjoy our rides. Don’t let the dill weeds like the guy you mentioned in your December editorial get you down. In fact, when you run into someone like this OCD person, rearrange their tools or desk and then sit back and laugh as they go nuts trying to put everything back in order.
Anyway, keep up the good work and “keep on truckin.”
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Hi Jeff, Thanks for the kind words, I’m pleased that you still enjoy my ramblings. It’s been great getting back to CLASSIC TRUCKS, I really enjoy it, I only wish it left me with a bit more free time to spend out in the garage—Lord knows I could use all the practice I can get … RIZ
Hi Riz, I just got my Jananuary issue of CLASSIC TRUCKS and on page 31 picture #04 the truck is not a ’48. If you know your Studes you would know that that is a ’49-51. The ’48 only has two fenders made for the truck—the left front and right rear are the same, and right front and the left rear are the same.
Thanks for setting me straight, Dave. I should have paid more attention. I’ve made that mistake in the past with the F1 Fords, too, so I guess I better slow down and focus a bit more. Thanks again for bringing the error to my attention. RIZ
Your February editorial was great. I have also seen the same truck pull off both styles with a simple wheel and tire change. I have been working on a ’59 Chevy Fleetside shortbed for more than 10 years now. There have been numerous interruptions over the years—kids, moving, and financial limitations to name a few. I am determined to finish this truck, and your tech articles have been a great help keeping me motivated. Thanks for the motivation and keep up the great work!
P.S. I also had a hard time finding headers that did not interfere with the IFS steering linkage. I went through three sets of headers before I found some cast Sanderson block-hugger headers that worked perfectly.
Hi Mark, I’m glad you enjoyed that editorial. For me the editorial page is the most difficult page of every issue—that’s why the majority of ’em are written for entertainment rather than enlightenment. I think one of the coolest things about classic trucking is the many different build styles of the same year, make, and model we run across on any given day, especially since all of ’em end up looking good—just in different ways. It’s just like my Pop always said, “there’s a butt for every seat” . . . RIZ