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December 2021
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Precious Metal article snapshot
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Sometimes, a Little is Enough article snapshot
2021 Carlisle Truck Nationals article snapshot
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Classic Truck December 2021 cover
On The Cover:
Our roving-est of roving photo recorders, John “Nonstop” Jackson, captured this month’s duo from Slick’s Fab Shop: Stephen Medeiros’ pair of contrasting second-gen C10s.
Classic Truck Performance ISSN 2692-2347 (print) ISSN 2692-2355 (online) Issue 16 is published monthly by In the Garage Media, 370 E. Orangethorpe Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-6502. Postage paid at Placentia, CA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Classic Truck Performance c/o In the Garage Media, 1350 E. Chapman Ave #6550, Fullerton, CA 92834-6550 or email ITGM at Copyright (c) 2021 IN THE GARAGE MEDIA. Printed in the USA. The Classic Truck Performance trademark is a registered trademark of In The Garage Media.
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Editorial Team
Rodney Bauman, Tommy Lee Byrd, Ron Ceridono, Michael Christensen, Ron Covell, Grant Cox, Dominic Damato, John Drummond, Fuelish Media, Eric Geisert, Joe Greeves, John Jackson, Barry Kluczyk, Scotty Lachenauer, Ryan Manson, Josh Mishler, Todd Ryden, Jason Scudellari, Chris Shelton, Tim Sutton, Chuck Vranas, Michael Yamada – Writers and Photographers
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Still Hammerin’
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s I’m writing this, SEMA is less than two weeks away. You may be wondering, “Why not wait till next month to report on SEMA past?” Good question—I may do just that—but for now, I’m basically putting my speculative thoughts to paper … or fingers to keyboard, to be more precise.

As much as I loathe Vegas—I don’t gamble, I don’t drink, and I fear the sight of washed-up celebs performing on stage—I have found the SEMA Show to be one of the most vital tools of my trade for the last quarter-century-plus that I’ve been part of it. It’s a lot to take in, both mentally and physically, as the show spans more square footage than I care to calculate. Fortunately, SEMA condensed the portion that really applies to me most directly into a nicely packaged area called Hot Rod Alley, for which I’m greatly looking forward to being immersed in after a two-year hiatus.

The reason I didn’t attend last year—the same exact reason nobody attended last year—there was no SEMA Show. Instead, SEMA 360, a virtual meeting platform, was created to provide participating exhibitors a formal outlet in which to speak with their customers as well as us, the media. It seemed to have worked OK, all things considered. At the end of the day, nothing replaces a good old face-to-face meeting … even if the conversations are a bit muffled from a mandated mask.

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Winters Performance solid-axle rear
Quick-change rearends have been a staple of racing and high-performance street vehicles for over 70 years. The premise is simple: Instead of the driveshaft connecting directly to the ring-and-pinion as in a fixed-ratio rearend, on a quick-change it connects to a pair of easily changeable, rear-mounted spur gears that drive the pinion. That means you can pop off the gear cover and change the final drive ratio within minutes right in your driveway, at the cruise-in, or in the pits, swapping from a highway-friendly ratio to one that allows you to rip-and-tear around town or at the track.

Winters Performance has been manufacturing speed parts since 1958, and for the last 50 years their name has been synonymous with quick-change rearends. For custom truck builders they offer both independent and solid-axle rears in two sizes: their big Champ Quick Change (shown) with a 10-inch 4.12 ring-and-pinion, and the smaller V-8 quick-change with an 8 3/8-inch 3.78 ring-and-pinion. The Champ is rated to handle 1,000 hp while the V-8 is rated to 600 hp, and both are equipped with limited-slip differentials (and can be optioned with spools for racing applications). And with over 30 gearsets available for each size rear, dialing in the perfect final drive ratio is a snap.

For more info, contact Winters at (717) 764-9844 or visit

CTP Feature
The Good, The Bad, The Badass: Part 1 title
Stephen Medeiros’ ’67 C10

s you may have already surmised from this month’s cover, Mr. Stephen Medeiros not only has one killer ’67-72 C10, he’s got two—one shiny (’67) and one not-so shiny (’69)—both badass in their own right, and both brought (back) to life by Slick’s Fab Shop in good old Houston, Texas.

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The Good, The Bad, The Badass: Part 1 title
Stephen Medeiros’ ’67 C10

s you may have already surmised from this month’s cover, Mr. Stephen Medeiros not only has one killer ’67-72 C10, he’s got two—one shiny (’67) and one not-so shiny (’69)—both badass in their own right, and both brought (back) to life by Slick’s Fab Shop in good old Houston, Texas.

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The Good, The Bad, The Badass: Part 2
The Good, The Bad, The Badass: Part 2
Steve Medeiros’ ’69 C10

wo months prior to Slick’s Fab Shop taking on Stephen Medeiros’ ’67, they’d already embarked on his first C10 project—a nature-preserved original-but-modernized ’69 SWB. “When Steve bought the truck, it was a complete basketcase and needed a lot of attention and parts.” That was in June of 2020 … here we are just a little over a year later and that basket and its absence of parts is, well, anything but!

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BY Rob FortierPhotography BY Ryan Manson

Paint by Numbers
Customs By Lopez Shows Us the House of Kolor Method for a SEMA-Worthy Custom Finish
Buffing out the hood of a car
Spray painting the top of a car

f you were to ask 10 professional painters how they do what they do, and what products they prefer most, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. In short, there’s more than one way to skin a cat or, in this case, custom paint a classic truck. From the vast variety of manufacturers and product lines to the regional regulations that control which actual products you can use, there’s way more behind today’s custom paintjobs than you might imagine.

One of the most stringent areas in which to operate a paint and body shop is, of course, California—Southern California to be specific. With painters having to abide by very strict VOC (volatile organic compounds—the toxic chemicals released into the atmosphere) guidelines, the use of the traditional solvent-based materials is a thing of the past. While waterborne paint is widely used, some painters like Ricardo Lopez (Customs By Lopez) are taking advantage of materials developed by House of Kolor that meet those lower VOC standards.

In 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) implemented its CA 2.1VOC (2.1 pounds of VOC per gallon limit for specialty coatings) guidelines to meet EPA standards. Rather than alienate custom painters not willing to switch over to waterbased material, companies like Sherwin-Williams/House of Kolor formulated solvent-borne product to not only satisfy government regulations but to give painters materials they could rely on without having to relearn the application process. Ultimately, according to the manufacturer, some products are actually lower in VOC levels than the waterborne.

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Backing a Ford 352 with a GM 200-4R Overdrive!
BY Rob Fortier  Photography and Videography by Ryan Foss Productions

remember back in the early ’90s I went to great lengths swapping the Saginaw three-speed in my ’54 Chevy Bel Air for a Muncie four-speed and a Powerglide ring-and-pinion. When all was said and done, yes, I had a much beefier transmission in which to bang gears and the freeway speeds were a bit easier on the rpm, however, for the time and money spent I can’t say that I was all that impressed.

A few years later I acquired a ’55 Chevy Stepside which, lo and behold, had that same three-speed gearbox—this time, however, behind a small-block 350. When the opportunity arose to swap out that manual trans, let’s just say the word Muncie was not on the tip of my tongue. While I did opt for a four-speed, in this case I went the automatic overdrive route and the outcome was anything but mediocre. From that point on, any transmission upgrade I’ve done has been so with the intent to add that crucial overdrive element—whether it was the TREMEC TKO behind the 235 in my ’53 3100 (as well as my Flathead-equipped ’33 Ford) or the 200-4R in my ’53 Bel Air.

CTP Feature
Precious Metal
Don & Peg Butler’s Alluring ’56 Ford F-100

ocating a classic truck to begin your next project with can be like spinning the wheel of fate, depending on what your individual expectations are for a starting point. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a bone-stock original still wearing its faded factory paint, a well-sorted driver, or a high level custom, they all have a unique story to tell. Many times, past experiences serve as a catalyst to lure you into a new build. For Don and Peg Butler of Cozad, Nebraska, working as farmers in their quaint community, they have always utilized their commercial vehicles for the purposes they were designed for to get the job done. Their alluring ’56 Ford F-100 displayed across our pages brought them on a dedicated journey to bring it back to life.

’56 Ford F 100
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1. Followed step by step, Kev Elliott’s clever technique for installing new cab corners produces perfect results, ending without need of polyester body filler.

1. Followed step by step, Kev Elliott’s clever technique for installing new cab corners produces perfect results, ending without need of polyester body filler.

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Kev’s Rod & Custom’s Method Makes it Easy

BY John GilbertPhotography BY THE AUTHOR


he difference between a person who likes to sit and watch classic trucks being built on a TV show and one who reads a magazine for the tech articles is the magazine reader is a hands-on person who loves to do the work himself. That said, there can be pitfalls related to undertaking a DIY project without knowledge on how to do the job right. One of the easiest DIY projects to get wrong is installing replacement sheetmetal body panels, especially if fabrication is required to complete the job.

Our subject vehicle is a ’69 Chevy C10 and is a great example of body panels that were replaced by an incompetent body man before it landed in the hands of its current owner.

CTP Feature
Sometimes, a Little is Enough
Hot Rodder Finds a Fresh Canvas in a ’60s C10

ot Rodder Mike Little is no greenhorn when it comes to the vintage truck scene. His last creation, a Pro Touring–styled ’52 Chevy pickup, made the rounds on social media and even landed a cover feature in a classic truck magazine. So, when Mike sold off that pickup to free up some cash and much-needed space in the family garage, it was only natural that another needy truck would soon find its way to the Littles’ homestead, situated in bucolic Spring Grove, Pennsylvania.

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Semi-Smoothing a Task Force Hood

t’s been said that “less is more.” OK, perhaps not in every instance, but sometimes less obtrusive is more appealing, for sure. You know the way little things can make big differences, right?

The following tech won’t be high-tech. It won’t be rocket surgery, or even brain science for that matter. We’re thinkin’, however, this might serve to illustrate how less might actually, occasionally, be more.

Here in our Montana-based shop we’re still workin’ on the same ’55 second-series Chevrolet. You know the big ol’ heavy badges those trucks wear on their fender sides and hood? We have all three in original pitted condition. In our Brothers Trucks catalog we’ve noticed some beautiful reproductions, but since pluggin’ holes is easily done we’ve opted to delete all three badges in favor of a smoother look.

CTP Feature
Style for Miles
Lenny Giambalvo’s Subtle ’52 Chevy

here are always plenty of great reasons to take on the build of a classic truck. Regardless of whether your influences come from youthful memories of seeing farm trucks hard at work, haulers pushing race cars at the drags, or even visiting local cruise nights, one thing for sure is that the journey at hand would be an exciting one. For Lenny Giambalvo of Huntington, New York, taking on the build of our featured ’52 Chevy in his home garage alongside his son, Mark, was a perfect opportunity to share his automotive enthusiasm. Little did he know that this experience would be a launching pad for Mark to later open one of the East Coast’s premier hot rod shops, Creative Rod & Kustom located in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania.

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2021 Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals
It’s for More Than Cars
BY Brian Brennan Photography By THE AUTHOR

he Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals has been around for some six years and each year it has shown growth—and that’s a good thing. However, what one should realize is it’s for more than just cars. The Tri-Five Nats is most assuredly a haven for ’55, ’56, and ’57 Chevy passenger cars but the event is for Tri-Five Chevys and that includes Corvettes and trucks of the same three-year vintage.

In past years one could find the isolated Corvette and maybe a little better luck with pickups. This year proved to be a watershed year and event as there was a noticeable uptick in pickup beds on the storied grounds of Beech Bend Raceway located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Expanded from a two- to a three-day event covering Thursday through Saturday, the extra time was a welcomed gift, especially for those drag racing as it allowed for plenty of trips down the hallowed quarter-mile that’s Beech Bend. There were also plenty of exhibitors (more than 150), a tremendous number of spectators, and 2,813 registered participants—setting a new record. This is also the event that gives away a freshly built Tri-Five each year to a participant who comes to the event with their ride. Doesn’t matter whether you showed up in a Tri-Five that’s a car or a truck you are in the running for the grand prize of all grand prizes. This year Stephen Swendsen from White Pine, Tennessee, weathered—and we do mean weathered—Saturday’s significant rainfall. Anytime you take home a very cool looking and expertly built and accessorized ’57 Chevy the weather all of a sudden isn’t a factor!

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Carlisle Truck Nationals
Bringin’ the Heat and Delivering the Goods
BY Scotty Lachenauer Photography By THE AUTHOR

ere on the East Coast, the lure of Carlisle is a strong one. The famous fairgrounds plays host to several major automotive events during the hottest part of the summer each year and this “juggernaut” of outdoor events continues to draw in enthusiasts of all things motorized year after year, striving to move ahead and set the standard at each twist and turn. After the pandemic year of 2020, fans were eager to get back out on the show field and check out what’s new and improved in the truckin’ hobby.

And Carlisle 2021 did not disappoint. Hot on the heels of the record-setting Carlisle Chrysler Nationals that saw its biggest event field ever, the Carlisle Truck Nationals started off in the same fashion. Helped out by the incoming clear, warm weather, trucks poured into the show in droves, shattering the nearly 20-year-old record for most registered show trucks at the event. This year, 2,511 trucks were registered, topping the old record by nearly 400 rides. That’s approximately a 20 percent increase over the previous top show. Not too shabby for sure.

With a full schedule of top-notch events, massive displays, a full truck marketplace and swap meet, and of course a show field to die for, Carlisle Truck Nationals will once again go down as one of the top truck events of the season. No matter your fancy, Carlisle had something for every truck-lovin’ attendee.

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