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April 2024
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Make It Yours. Make It Lokar. Modern Performance. Classic Style. Endless Options.
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This month’s glorious cover shot of Randy Martin’s Coyote-powered, Legens Hot Rods–built ’67 F-100—Crazy Horse—comes to you courtesy of John “NotStock Photography” Jackson on location in Martin, Tennessee.
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Rob Fortier
Why Do We Do This Thing We Do … Still?

gain, as I’m posted up in front of my laptop for my monthly editorial writing ritual, I’m pondering quite a few things that will likely have a serious impact on my future in this great hobby of ours.

First and foremost is my retirement portfolio—which is really nothing more than a manilla folder with absolutely nothing in it. At the semi-ripe old age of 56, I probably should be very concerned about my financial future … but living in Southern California, I’m actually more concerned about my current financial situation than anything else. But, I believe the flipside to that is, I’m currently investing in two separate retirement funds: a ’69 C10 and a ’48 3100, both extremely volatile market fluctuations, regardless of my contributions!

And that, right there, is the crux of my current dilemma: Is it worth it to continue dumping time and money into something that’s potentially akin to an ’07 401(k) … in a time when certain people in power want nothing more than to rid the earth of said investments? Well, I’m gonna say yes—hell yes!

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1. U.S. Mags Indy Slotted and Rambler Wheels: The Right Wheel for Any Custom Truck
Whether you drive a muscle car, classic, or modern street truck, there’s a U.S. Mags wheel for your custom ride. Here are a couple wheels that are easy on the eyes and big on nostalgia:

Indy Slotted Wheels: Popular in the ’60s because they made most any car look a heck of a lot better—especially if it was a Gasser—they bring the iconic style back with one-piece cast-aluminum construction and the signature five-oval slot design. They’re available in 15- and 17-inch diameters.

Rambler Wheels: A set of Rambler Wheels is sure to make your hot rod or muscle car stand out. The one-piece cast-aluminum wheels are available in several finishes and are available in 15-, 17-, 18-, and 20-inch diameters. Chrome and gunmetal wheels are also available in 22×9 and 22×11 sizes. They are available in chrome, matte black with gloss black lip, gunmetal with machined lip, and gloss black with machined lip. Since it’s nice to have choices, Summit Racing also carries several other U.S. Mags Wheels in various finishes.

For more info, contact Summit Racing Equipment by calling (800) 230-3030 or visit

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2. Pro’s Pick All-New, All-Steel Wheeltubs
Pro’s Pick recently released their newest product adding to their line of quality classic truck parts! Their new wheeltubs are made in North America from quality 16-gauge steel and will come in three different sizes. Measuring 3 inches deep, 5 inches deep, and 7.5 inches deep, these options cover everything from simply needing a little extra room for a modern wheel setup, to needing a lot of extra space for a Pro Street setup. With a flat surface mounting area, these tubs will be suitable to weld in or bolt in to an existing bed. Being a quality 16-gauge metal, they are suitable to work with if some extra modification and trimming is required.

For more info, contact Pro’s Pick by calling (888) 701-8889 or visit

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Randy Martin’s Legens-Built ’67 Ford F-100
By CTP StaffIMAGES by NotStock Photography

andy Martin’s love for the early F-100 trucks began when he first encountered a ’64 Ford truck that a guy was having trouble getting running. Randy ended up paying off a $500 stereo bill that the guy owed for the truck—he didn’t have any trouble getting it fixed and running, and so began his love affair for Ford trucks … but his real journey had yet to begin.

Randy had previously engaged in large racing boats, but eventually decided to get out of boating altogether and set his sights more on land-based hobbies … like classic trucks!

In 2019, Randy visited Legens Hot Rod Shop in Martin, Tennessee, to talk about his desire to build a hot rod Ford truck. Randy was born in 1966, so he was looking to build a ’66 Ford F-100. But as you may have already figured out, after looking at the ’66-model Ford trucks he quickly learned he liked the looks of the ’67 Ford Bumpside F-100 a lot better! (With his birthday being in late 1966, and the ’67 F-100 being the first Bumpside that had already debuted that previous year, the decision for Randy’s first full hot rod build was obviously clear!)

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When Form Meets Function
Old Anvil Speed Shop’s Streamlined Solution for Replacing the ’48 Chevy’s Ugly Exhaust!
By Rob Fortier Images & Videography by Taylor Kempkes

ack in October of last year I made arrangements with Paul Bosserman, my friend who just happens to own the family run Old Anvil Speed Shop in my old stomping grounds of Orange, California, to do a “couple” things on my then-dormant ’48 Chevy project. (I’d acquired the chopped ’n’ bagged three-window over a year prior. Due to its needing way more than advertised to put it back on the road, I chose to throw a cover over it … ’til now.)

Bosserman was kind enough to agree to install a new Air Lift/FLO Airride management system (to replace the cool but antiquated MIC-style manual valves) initially, but after a conversation at the Grand National Truck Show in September, that list grew to include a BedWood & Parts curly maple wood floor with a Legens Hot Rod Shop hinged center plank—in conjunction with Old Anvil’s still-in-development All Access VIP hinged bed floor frame kit. But that was it—that’s all we agreed upon! That is, until Bosserman and his trusty sidekick, Jake Caballero, started tearing into the truck.

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The Collard ’79 Chevy C10: A True Multigeneration Family Affair!
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eing a father myself, of course anytime we come upon a father-and-son project it tugs at the heartstrings more than not—not to mention keeps me motivated to finish the ’69 C10 that I originally intended on being my son’s first vehicle (but the 454 big-block, air suspension, and so on, dictated that it probably wasn’t the most appropriate high school ride, much to his dismay!).

Wayne Collard and his son, Nate, began their father-son collab back at the end of 2018 and—despite the constraints imposed by the dreaded COVID-19—were able to complete their ’79 Chevy in November 2021, all within the confines of their modest home garage … most all, that is.

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It may not fit in your mailbox but Strange Engineering will ship an all-new 9-inch Ford rearend to your door. Ours came with optional black powdercoating.
1. It may not fit in your mailbox but Strange Engineering will ship an all-new 9-inch Ford rearend to your door. Ours came with optional black powdercoating.
An Oldie But a Goodie
Building a Modern 9-Inch Rearend With Strange Engineering
by Ron Ceridono

f all the OEM components embraced by performance enthusiasts, Ford’s 9-inch rear axle assembly has to be at the top of the list. Over the years they’ve become almost standard equipment under modified vehicles regardless of the make, and for good reason. They’re tough, a wide variety of gear ratios are available, and changing centersections, or the pumpkin as it’s often called, is easy.

The 9-inch was produced from 1957-86. To put things in perspective, when the last of these rearends came from the factory under a new Ford, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, the average price of a gallon of gas was $0.90, and Seinfeld was the number one TV show. Given the fact that the 9-inch has been out of production for awhile it would seem that complete assemblies and individual parts would be hard to come by, but that’s not so. Strange Engineering is well aware of the advantages to the 9-inch Ford rearend and can provide everything new, from individual parts to complete assemblies.

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A Growing Gathering of ’47-55 Chevy and GMC Trucks

ruck shows come in all shapes and sizes, and we recently had the chance to check out an up-and-coming show in Townsend, Tennessee. This small town is situated at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains and offers a step into the past with old-school motels and eateries along U.S. Route 321. About a dozen car and truck gatherings take place in the small town, and a new one just hit the scene last year. The show is called the Smoky Mountain Nationals and it focuses specifically on ’47-55 Chevrolet and GMC trucks.

Chevrolet trucks from this era are called Advance Design because they were revolutionary when they rolled out just after World War II. These trucks helped bridge the gap between workhorses and everyday transportation, and now they make for awesome custom builds and restorations.

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Jim Brown’s Slick ’68 Dodge Pickup has Old-School Muscle Car Power
BY Tommy Lee ByrdImages BY THE AUTHOR

here’s no question that the classic truck market is flooded with pickups that wear a Bowtie or Blue Oval. Mopar trucks don’t quite have the same aftermarket support as the other big dogs, but they certainly turn heads when a cool build hits the street. Jim Brown is a longtime Mopar lover from Cedar Hill, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. He picked up this unique ’68 Dodge D100 pickup from a local estate back in 2010. He picked away at the truck for 10 years, getting help from friends as needed, with the goal of building a truly sanitary truck with horsepower from a legendary Mopar muscle car.

Jim is a general contractor, so he’s spent his life behind the wheel of a truck of some variety. His father was a police officer, and he said he can remember hearing his dad coming home from work in his 440-powered Plymouth Fury, so it gave him an appreciation of big-block horsepower early on in life. When he got his hands on this Dodge pickup, it had the original Slant Six cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission, so it didn’t offer much excitement. He wanted to change the running gear, while also cleaning up some of the details that the Dodge didn’t address at the factory.

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A Stainless Solution
A Stainless Solution
1. Our ’64 Chevy project required a custom-built fuel tank so we dialed up Rick’s Tanks for one of their trick stainless tanks that is prepped and ready to support fuel injection. Anytime you order something custom built it can be worrisome about the final fitment, but there was just no concern with Rick’s; our tank fit perfectly and we’ll walk you through the build process.
Rick’s Tanks Builds Our ’64 Chevy C10 a Custom Fuel Tank
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“Out in the West Texas town of El Paso, Rick’s built a custom stainless tank for our truck …”
We apologize to Marty Robbins and any fans, but we couldn’t resist humming the line from his gun-slinging ballad “El Paso,” which is famously set at Rosa’s Cantina (still in operation). In fact, if you were to stagger out of Rosa’s after a couple tacos and cold ones, Rick’s Tanks is just a few clicks up the road.

Rick’s has been building high-quality stainless steel tanks for 25 years and continues to hand-make direct-fit and custom tanks. When they started, custom-built stainless tanks were reserved for high-end builds, for the most part, but Rick’s was on the forefront of tanks specifically built for EFI with the pumps mounted in the tanks. The Pro Touring and race community loved them for their work on fuel pickups and custom baffling.

Brian Downard’s ’72 C10 was an Empty Cab Full of Possibilities
BY Tommy Lee ByrdImages BY THE AUTHOR

otivation for a project can come from many places. Sometimes, it’s a natural desire to get a vehicle on the road; other times, a life event can either stall or accelerate a project. For Brian Downard, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a health scare reminded him how quickly things can change, so when he left the hospital there was a renewed sense of urgency around his project vehicles. At the time, Brian had a few projects in the works, and his wife, Lisa, suggested focusing on one vehicle. The result was Brian selling his projects and starting all over again, which turned out to be one of his most in-depth projects to date.

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1. This ’96 Chevy Tahoe has been equipped with tubular control arms and coilovers from Classic Performance Products (CPP). The next big improvement comes in the form of a CPP Big Brake Kit.
Better Binders for a New-Old Classic
Classic Performance Products Brake Update for OBS Chevys

n the previous (Mar. ’24) issue of Classic Truck Performance we looked at the growing popularity of ’88-98 Chevy and GMC trucks and SUVs, like the Tahoe, Yukon, and Suburban. As we explained then, this series of vehicles has been labeled as the old body style (OBS) to distinguish them from the styling of those that would follow in 1999 (Tahoe, Yukon, and Suburban styling stayed the same through 2000). While we admit it seems like labeling anything from that era as a “classic” is pushing the envelope, when you consider they are in the 26- to 36-year-old range, it puts things in perspective. Like we said on the subject last month, time really does fly by.

Speaking of time flying, Jim Ries opened Classic Performance Products (CPP) in 1991. Initially working out of his garage, today the business has grown to occupy an 80,000-square-foot facility in Placentia, California. Included in the facility are CPP’s engineering and research and development departments that result in a steady stream of guaranteed-for-life steering, brake, and suspension parts, including new big brake kits for OBS Chevys and GMCs.
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Glenn Richards’ ’54 Chevy 3100 is a Swag Custom Ride … Literally

lenn Richards of Swag Custom Rides is a man on a mission. His New Britain, Connecticut, shop is a bustling pot of energy, as his ever-expanding and diverse crew works on its latest restoration piece. “Swag is the only non-profit automotive restoration shop in the country. Our mission here is not only to restore and customize cars and trucks, but to help transform lives in the process,” Richards states.

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Mooneyes 31st Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show
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Showcasing Plenty of Blazing Classic Trucks!
By Rob Fortier Images by Eric Geisert

ince 1999, one of the most anticipated shows that I’ve had the honor of attending has taken place 5,500 miles away from my doorstep—Yokohama, Japan—for the annual Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show (MHRCS) at the spacious Pacifico Exhibition Center adjacent to the amazing Hotel InterContinental. While I haven’t been every single year since my first visit nearly a quarter century ago, I have been fortunate enough to have experienced quite a few MHRCS in person—each one curated by the man behind the Moon(eyes), Shige Suganuma, with special exhibits/guests from around the world.

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