Jim, I’ve been reading, and collecting, CLASSIC TRUCKS magazine since September 2003. That’s when I bought my 1956 Ford F-100 Express (a.k.a. ½-ton longbox). I had quite a few earlier issues and one of those featured a sketch of an F-1 HRT that provided the direction for my build, albeit with a few tweaks of my own. Over the years, the feature trucks and many of the excellent tech articles, either provided the inspiration or the solution to my many dilemmas at times. And a few of the vendors that I’ve used who advertised in your magazine were quite helpful too.
Lately, I’ve been scouring the local swaps for the earlier issues of CLASSIC TRUCKS (1997-2000) to further complete my collection and have been quite successful, especially the those issues after the publication went monthly. The magazine sure has changed over the years. It has been interesting to note the changes in the way trucks were built then. However, I also noted that there are a few vendors who advertised and are no longer in the aftermarket business for whatever reasons.
After eight years, actually one week short of it, the HRT is “finished.” The HRT went through many transitions and one such transition was published in the January 2008 Readers Rides section. Even though I managed to get it to one show in September 2011, there were still some minor finishing details to complete over the winter. These have now all been completed. Instead of collecting dust in the garage all winter, I entered it in the Calgary World of Wheels where it could collect some “show” dust. The HRT won an Outstanding in Class in the tough Full Truck category and took the ISCA Outstanding Engine Truck award.
Plans are to drive to Goodguys Puyallup and Spokane shows, as well as to many other local venues. Maybe we will see you at the Goodguys shows. Again, thank you for an excellent magazine.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hello Brian, Congrats on a job well done! I’m pleased that you’ve been enjoying CT for all these years and am especially happy that CLASSIC TRUCKS served to help as well as entertain! Hopefully we’ll cross paths somewhere on the event circuit so I can check out your F-100 in person! RIZ
Riz, After retiring from the Air Force I am finally home enough to take the plunge and get a classic truck project going – a ’55 F-100. I was really lucky and found a driver, mostly original (6v, 223ci, four-speed, with minimum rust). I really like the 223 motor, but am having trouble finding accurate info on it (everything seems to be for the later Mustang and Falcon engines) and companies for parts and upgrades. My goal is to have a mostly original truck with a few personal touches/conveniences (12v, lower ride height, highway gearing). I have really enjoyed the CLASSIC TRUCKS and it was a huge help when I started looking for my project truck. Thank you.
Las Vegas, NV
Hi Mike, I’m excited for you; it’s always a pleasure to hear about someone finally getting around to joining the classic truck hobby. Plans for your F-100 sound great, and you’re right about the ol’ 223 – there isn’t a lot around for that particular engine aftermarket-wise anyway. It’s actually a pretty good little powerplant, but I’d think about a transplant in the near future, mainly so you’ll be able to drive the truck with the peace of mind knowing parts will be easily available at any corner auto parts store. What do you think about a later model 300ci Ford inline-six and matching trans? Good-running examples are pretty plentiful in wrecking yards at a reasonable price and they offer a lot of power and plenty of low-end torque. Anyway, no matter what ya end up doing engine-wise, I wish you luck and happy motoring! RIZ