Hi Jim, I look forward to each issue of CT. I like the writing style as well as the how-to’s and pix. I’m sure there are many out there who dread the stop at the gas pump, as much as I do. I’ve got a non-classic with a 4.3 V-6 engine. I’ve been told that it is essentially the same as a 350, minus two cylinders. I was a bit surprised to find out that it dyno’s in at 140 hp. I’d like to see more info on using six-bangers in modern and classic form, plus ways to upgrade the horses they toss out. I think most know about using headers/cold air intakes, but there must be more out there. If manufacturers see a demand for it, then hot rod-six parts won’t be such a bummer to find. Thanks for your entertaining publication.
Hi Anthony, thanks for dropping me a line. Your interest in using sixes as classic truck motorvation comes at a perfect time; fuel here in SoCal as of yesterday (2/25/12) was up to $4.49 per gallon for regular. With the price of crude on the upswing (yet again), I can almost guarantee we’ll begin to see much more interest in fuel mileage in the months ahead. As far as aftermarket performance parts for six-cylinder engines go, there are lots of ’em for the early pre-fuel injection versions out there. That said, I’m not very familiar with the availability of equivalent late-model computer control six components though. It’s definitely something for us to begin looking into, thanks again for broaching the subject. RIZ
Riz, I recently completed an off the frame complete restoration of a ’55 Chevrolet pick-up, Second Series. I would like to submit photos and/or a story to your magazine. The engine is a fully built 406, all chrome with a vintage A/C kit—I have a lot of before, during, and after photos that can be submitted. I completed all of the work myself, with some help from my son, in my backyard shop. The truck has won best-of-show in local car shows. How can I go about submitting photos?
Hello Marshall, your question is one I receive at least a couple of times each and every week, and one I address quite frequently in print. That said, here’s the best advice I can give … I prefer digital images but can (and will) scan actual snapshots if snail-mailed to my attention (to Jim Rizzo c/o Classic Trucks, 1733 Alton Pkwy, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92606) . In any case the images have to be of high-resolution (300 dpi), in focus, and should include front ¾ images, rear ¾ images, engine and interior shots, and a couple of good bed images at a minimum. The images should be shot with as clean a background as possible and should always be taken with the photographers back to the sun. Because we require hi-res digital images it’s always better to burn ’em to a CD/DVD and mail ’em. Emailing hi-res images is not recommended as they take huge amounts of memory and often clog up our email boxes. Along with good, high-quality images, we need a couple paragraphs giving us info on the truck as well as a bit of background regarding its restoration/rodstoration and your contact info as well. My final request is to keep in mind that I receive tons of submissions so there very well may be quite a long time between us receiving yours and publication—so please be patient. I hope this helps and we look forward to your (and anyone else’s) submissions. RIZ