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December 2023
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Make It Yours. Make It Lokar. Modern Performance. Classic Style. Endless Options.
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Kevin “Fuelish” Aguilar captured our last cover of 2023 with a stunning sunset shot of the Medrano/Hill’s Hot Rods ’74 Chevy Blazer!
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ven though we’re still a few weeks away from Halloween as I’m writing this, by the time you read it, we’ll be preparing for the end-of-the-year holidays (I’ll let you fill in the blanks as to what specific festivities you partake in, if any). I’ve always loved the ability to write “in the future” with these crazy magazine publication dates!

So, seeing as this is our last official issue of 2023 (cover date wise!), I figured there was no better time than the (future) present to do a “state of the magazine” address, as it were. December also marks 3-1/2 years since Classic Truck Performance’s (and Modern Rodding’s) inception—smack dab in the middle of the COVID breakout no less—and we’ve actually come quite a long way since then.

First and foremost, despite our initial claims/goals to focus primarily on digital media platforms, relying solely on print to help promote, we’ve learned since 2020 that people still want paper magazines! Like, a lot! We may not be selling a million copies a month (yet) like I’d prefer, but our distribution has increased significantly. Speaking of which, something else we’d vowed to shy away from—that being newsstand sales—has also shown to be a huge benefit, not only to us but to our non-subscription readers as well. To date, all In The Garage Media brands can be found in Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Walmart, as well as specialty retailers across the nation. That’s kind of a big leap from our primary “subscription-only” business plan, and we’re pretty excited to see where it goes from there!

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1. Aeromotive’s New Gen II Stealth Fuel Tank for ’67-72 Chevrolet C10 Trucks
Introducing the latest addition to Aeromotive’s Gen II Stealth Fuel Tank Lineup, this one is designed specifically for the hugely popular ’67-72 Chevrolet C10 truck. This rear-mount configuration allows builders to easily replace the in-cab fuel tank with a 17-gallon tank behind the rear axle and between the framerails. Aeromotive’s fully assembled Gen II Stealth rear-mount, 17-gallon fuel tank includes an innovative installation kit that provides enthusiasts with a complete tank swap solution. Aeromotive’s highly anticipated tanks are perfect for LS-type swaps and carbureted setups. The Gen II Stealth Tank comes fully assembled in painted steel, complete with Aeromotive’s patented foam and basket assembly to control fuel slosh. Also included are a 0- to 90-ohm fuel level sender and an outlet cap with a -06 ORB outlet and return port. Setting the Aeromotive product apart from the competition, the ’67-72 Chevrolet C10 tank installation kit provides a complete relocation solution. No searching for compatible filler cap components, sending units, or pump assemblies to complete the installation, this comprehensive kit includes a bed-mount fuel filler cap assembly, framerail/filler neck locator drill guides, tank straps, and all mounting hardware. Everything needed is in the box! Installation requires only four holes drilled in the framerails plus a hole pattern in the bed floor for the filler cap. Framerail cutting is not required, in most cases. These exciting new tanks are available with three high-performing Aeromotive fuel pump options: 200, 340, and 450 LPH. The pumps can support up to approximately 800 FWHP when used in conjunction with a gas/EFI/forced induction combination or a maximum of approximately 550 FWHP in an E-85/EFI/forced induction combination.
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A Hill’s Hot Rods–Crafted ’74 K5 Blazer
By Fuelish Media

wning a Blazer like this requires a lot more than just a bag full of cash. Well, of course, a substantial amount of expendable money would help someone pay to have one delivered to his or her home, but there are other, more important characteristics that dictate the success of a finished project. Pride is definitely one important part of the equation. Style is another. Without the combination of the latter two points, money might be able to buy some kind of questionable-looking status symbol but it most likely won’t come out this damn good.

Jaime Medrano of Carlsbad, New Mexico, is the owner of this ’74 Chevy K5 Blazer, and you’d better believe that he has both pride and style for miles. The monetary aspect of getting this truck done is relatable to how the majority of custom truck owners would be able to afford it—by hard work, saving up, and scouting out the right shops to lend a helping hand. Jaime has had a longtime affinity for classic Chevy trucks, and it is that appreciation for how cool these trucks are, even in bone-stock condition, that has lit the fire underneath him to do what needed to be done in order to own one of the slickest Blazers around.

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1. Even without power and sitting on the bench, the amount of information that the Dakota Digital RTX Series instrument cluster for ’67-72 Ford trucks will provide once powered up is pretty apparent.
A Modern Cluster for ’67-72 Blue Oval Trucks
Dakota Digital’s Latest RTX Series Instrument System is Bumpside Specific
BY Ryan MansonPhotography BY THE AUTHOR

hen it comes to OE instrument clusters, most of our classic trucks leave something to be desired in regards to reliability and accuracy, not to mention aesthetics. Back when these trucks were original, that may well have been good and fine, but with the addition of modern powerplants and the expectation of more accurate information, that old cluster just isn’t going to cut it. Accuracy by way of digital and solid state technology combined with a design that complements any classic truck has become the theme for Dakota Digital’s RTX line of instrument clusters, and their latest offering for ’67-72 Ford F-Series pickups continues that trend.

Dakota Digital’s new RTX Series Retrotech Analog/Digital Instrument Cluster is not only a great visual improvement to the interior of any ’67-72 Ford F-Series truck, but a practical upgrade as well. Utilizing microprocessor technology, the RTX dashboard monitors solid state sensors, transmitting the digital data directly to precision stepper motor-driven gauges. This digital capability combined with solid state reliability results in unparalleled accuracy when it comes to keeping a keen eye on your truck’s entire powertrain system. Full LED backlighting provides over 30 user-selectable color options that allow independent treatment of the needle, sweep, and digital TFT display color. Daytime and nighttime settings ensure that the instrument information is displayed in a manner that is easily consumed, regardless of the lighting conditions.

A septet of analog gauges includes a 0- to 120-mph speedometer, 0- to 80-psi oil pressure, 100- to 250-degree water temp, fuel level, and 9-17 VDC voltmeter. Tachometer display is above the analog speedo in the form of a 0- to 8,000-rpm digital bar graph gauge. Built-in warning indicators for the fuel, volt, water, oil, and tach gauges help give the driver a heads-up before things turn for the worse, complemented by turn signal and high-beam indicators.

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Truck of the Year Up to 72: Rod Parson’s “street machine” all carbon-fiber work-of-art by ZRODZ & Customs (which also won the amazing Ringbrothers pick).
The Inaugural 2023 Triple Crown of Rodding
One for the Books … Literally
BY Rob FortierPhotography BY The Author

t’s Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting on a plane (in First Class no less, as I dropped $100 on a last-minute upgrade that was well worth it!) reflecting on my truly amazing experience at Nashville Superspeedway: the first Triple Crown of Rodding.

I flew out Thursday with very high expectations, knowing Bobby Alloway and Gary Case don’t skimp or cut any corners, not to mention the constant buzz leading up to the inaugural event, this was bound to be one for the memory books … and boy, was it!

Thursday evening was the official Kickoff Party at the host Embassy Suites—but, unlike most traditional kickoffs, this seemed more like a reunion … for hot rodders! All my idols I’ve come up in the business working with, like Roy Brizio, Art Morrison, Troy Trepanier, Chip Foose, and my buddy Alan Johnson, to name but a few, were all on hand, having as good of a time as me, if not better. It was really a memorable night.

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David Drew’s SalinasBoys Customs–Built K10

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BY Rob FortierPhotography BY Tim Sutton

o say vintage 4x4s/SUVs are a new trend would be kind of naïve … but then again, if you’ve been following any of the larger auctions the last year or so, well, I digress! So, to be fair, let’s just say they’re a new trend to CTP!

This one in particular, David Drew’s ’72 K10, came to be after its owner, unimpressed with all the lowered C10s he’d been seeing, sought out an individual by the name of Cole Foster, local to him in Salinas, California, to go the opposite direction—up!

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1. The project at hand involves using the lip edge design from the front fender of a ’63 C-1100 International Harvester pickup and transplanting it to the rear fenders.
Old Anvil Works its Magic on an International Fender
BY Eric GeisertPhotography BY THE AUTHOR

ou know how when you ask a 5-year-old to draw a cow or dog their sketch is usually way out of proportion, with legs too long or head too small but always with really big eyes? That’s the way some people see the ’60s-era International Harvester line of pickup truck—it kinda looks way out of proportion. 

Classic Truck Performance stopped by Old Anvil Speed Shop in Orange, California, to see what they’re doing about it with one of their customer’s projects: a ’63 C-1100 International Harvester standard-wheelbase Stepside pickup.

Two of Old Anvil’s principals (owner Paul Bosserman and graphic artist Jeff Allison) teamed up to heavily massage this International Harvester pickup and knock some of the weirdness off. The truck is benefiting from a long list of custom bodywork they worked out together, including reshaping the grille area and roofline, but something had to be done about the bed’s fenders—they’re just too plain.

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Extended Cab ’56 Ford Fits Tasso Romnios Just Right
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ave you ever just fallen in love with a particular model ride but realized that it just wasn’t meant to be? Tasso Romnios had an experience like that and somehow got a grip on how to make it all work out in his favor. “One day at a car show I sat in a beautiful ’56 Ford F-100. The truck was for sale, and I was interested. So, I jumped in and sat down. I then realized that I barely had room for my body, especially my knees. It wasn’t going to work for me. I loved the look, but just hated the way I felt in it!”

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Part 5: Under the Hood
BY Kenneth “Stress Ball” Dekiserre PHOTOGRAPHY BY Camren Beattie

an, you’re really putting me on the spot this month! My favorite parts of the truck so far, that we haven’t covered, have to be the engine bay and headers. The engine bay is just so completely off the wall for a truck like that, but I think that’s what makes it so cool. It’s also one of those things where I just did what I thought could be cool since we had no rendering or guideline at all for the engine bay.

When it came time to do the engine bay for Brian’s truck, I had one clear thought: Get fresh air in and get hot air out. With 1,076 hp and 980 lb-ft of torque, that Whipple supercharged LS3 from Wegner Automotive had to stay cool and breathe. Knowing that we had to make that happen, we had PRC give us a radiator with the largest core they could provide that we could possibly fit in the truck with dual electric fans. There wasn’t much room to put a good size heat exchanger in front of it with how close the grille bars would end up mounting to it, so I had to get creative and come up with another location for one…

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Leslie Moore’s Slick Suburban Hides a Surprise Underhood

BY Tommy Lee ByrdPhotography BY the Author

hen Chevrolet introduced the Suburban nearly 90 years ago, the design team and executives could’ve never imagined the brand it would build throughout a dozen design generations from 1935 to present day. The concept of a station wagon–style body on a light truck chassis was well ahead of its time, but it remained a small percentage of truck production for many years. By the ’60s, the Suburban was hitting its stride, as families began relying on these spacious vehicles to haul all of them around. The example on these pages is far removed from its original utilitarian roots, but it offers a great combination of stance, color, and horsepower to create a practical and aesthetically pleasing package.

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Changes for the Better
Joe McGlynn’s “Dream Stude”
BY Ron CovellPhotography BY THE AUTHOR

oe McGlynn is working on a very cool project: a chopped and sectioned ’56 Studebaker pickup inspired by the famous Rod & Custom Dream Truck. While he’s not building a clone, it does incorporate some major styling themes from that historic project.

McGlynn started this truck many years ago, but then “life got in the way” and his progress was halted for several years. After moving from California to Missouri and building his dream shop on his property, the truck project was finally revived.

Over the years, McGlynn’s tastes have become more sophisticated, so in Version 2.0 of this project, he decided to revise some of the initial work. The truck will feature a completely custom-built bed. He realized the rear wheels were a bit too wide for his design. Unfortunately, the four-link suspension outside the framerails prevented him from moving the wheels in as much as needed.

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C10 SLO Down 2023
A West Coast Chevy Extravaganza

n the ever-evolving landscape of truck events, it’s a daunting task to choose where to invest your time and passion. However, when it comes to the C10 SLO Down, the decision is crystal clear: this is a gathering that promises nothing short of pure truck enthusiast nirvana. As whispers of the 2023 event reached our ears, we knew we were in for an experience like no other.

The C10 SLO Down was no newcomer and was successfully debuted in 2021 under the visionary guidance of Paul Karp, a devoted member of the C/10 Club Central Coast California. What began as a modest affair in a local park quickly outgrew its roots, owing to its unique blend of community spirit and automotive passion. Paul recognized the need for seasoned expertise to further nurture the event’s potential and thus joined forces with John Oro, Carlos Vidales, and Tony Ortega of C10 Intervention (@c10intervention). Together, they aimed to transform the C10 SLO Down into a staple of the truck enthusiast calendar.

For 2023, the tale of the C10 SLO Down took an unexpected twist. While the Madonna Inn had been an ideal host for the previous year, the event’s popularity had skyrocketed beyond their expectations. In an exciting turn of events, the C10 SLO Down was set to unfold at the stunning Avila Beach Golf Resort, which is located only a few minutes from San Luis Obispo (SLO), California. This picturesque location promised not only ample space but also breathtaking coastal views, further elevating the event’s allure.

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