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July 2023
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Make It Yours. Make It Lokar. Modern Performance. Classic Style. Endless Options.
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White '89 Dodge Ram D150 doing a burnout
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White '89 Dodge Ram D150 doing a burnout
Red and white '67 Ford F-250
Slammed cobalt blue '70 C10
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Teal green patina '53 Chevy Advance Design
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On The Cover:
Tim Sutton came through not once but twice this month with our main cover, John Lisenby’s perfectly patina’d ’57 GMC, and Ken Tilton’s (inset) killer ’70 C10!
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Rodney Bauman, Tommy Lee Byrd, Ron Ceridono, Michael Christensen, Ron Covell, Grant Cox, Dominic Damato, John Drummond, Fuelish Media, Eric Geisert, John Gilbert, Joe Greeves, John Jackson, Barry Kluczyk, Scotty Lachenauer, Don Lindfors, Ryan Manson, Josh Mishler, Todd Ryden, Jason Scudellari, Chris Shelton, Tim Sutton, Chuck Vranas, Michael Yamada – Writers and Photographers
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Where Are We Going?

o, it’s pretty evident that print media still has a place in today’s society, so let’s not dwell on that aspect here (but I will say it’s rather nice having a 3-year-old magazine doing so well in this modern electronic era!). No, the proverbial question of where we’re headed has more to do with the types of trucks we’re currently seeing “en vogue.”

Without intentionally upsetting our non-GM readership, it’s not an opinion when I say that the ’67-72 C10 is by far the most popular segment of the classic truck hobby AND aftermarket. Beyond the enthusiast popularity, you can literally build an entire C10 from aftermarket components—from a host of chassis platforms to every single piece of sheetmetal (including brand-new cabs) and everything in-between. But I’m just talking about standard 1/2-ton C10s and the like.

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’80-86 Ford F-150 Bolt-In/Weld-In Frame Stub
1. Fatman Fabrications’ ’80-86 Ford F-150 Bolt-In/Weld-In Frame Stub
Fatman Fabrications has been hard at work developing more bolt-in-capable kits for our front suspensions. Their newest addition covers the ’80-86 Ford F-150s. We decided that instead of having to cut out all of the twin-I beam crossmember a better approach on these trucks was to use our extensive experience building weld-on stubs and a whole new front frame section that will bolt on using some of the existing holes for location. The customer will have the option of welding it in for some extra peace of mind and added strength. By going to a cleaner, more compact, stronger set of 2x5x0.188-inch wall rails we’ve added a bunch of strength and stability. This kit will also use our new modular engine mount system. A set of tabs welded to the rear of the crossmember will provide a bolt-in point for a set of bushed stands that can be moved to fit Ford Windsors, big-block Fords, Coyotes, and even GM LS-based engines. You can swap engines whenever you like by just purchasing a set of engine mounts from Fatman and moving the stands into their proper location. They’ve set the mounts up using the factory driveline offset to keep the transmission centered up in the tunnel to minimize sheetmetal modifications and allow it to line up properly with the factory rearend.
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Custom Bike Builder Matt Hotch Reapplies His Craft on John Lisenby’s ’57 GMC Wideside
By ROB FortierPhotography by Tim Sutton

ack in the mid ’90s I had the pleasure of meeting (thanks to my mentoring coworker, Cortney “Tito” Hallowell, RIP) and ultimately becoming very good friends with a custom bike builder by the name of Matt Hotch. At the time, Hotch was constructing ahead-of-its-time V-twins under the name Hot Match Custom Cycles—some of which you may have witnessed on cable TV’s Biker Build-Off series—so we shared a common interest in the two-wheeled variety. But Hotch never limited himself to the cycle world.

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A True "DIY" Upholstery Job
A True "DIY" Upholstery Job
Chevs of the 40’s Makes it Simple to Give Your ’47-’53 Chevrolet New Life

ecently, we showed you the way to get an already-upholstered, full custom interior for your C10—and avoid the wait of having a professional upholstery shop do it for you. But that’s not the only way to reupholster your truck without having to leave the comfy confines of your own garage!

For folks with the ’47-53 Chevy/GMC trucks who are after retaining that original Advance Design inner charm—and aren’t afraid to bust some knuckles—Chevs of the 40’s has practically everything needed … inside and out!

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Ken Tilton’s ’70 C10

BY Rob FortierPhotography BY Tim Sutton


bove and beyond being a tribute to Mom, as it were, Ken Tilton’s C10 has even more family ties associated with it, as his wife, Sonia, was beyond instrumental in seeing that her husband persist in the completion, especially during the times he simply wanted to throw in the towel.

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"AMD Truck Jam 2023"
A Day of Fun and Giving Back to the Community
BY Jason ChandlerPhotography BY Jessica Roach

n a brisk yet sunny Saturday morning in Gainesville, Georgia, truck enthusiasts from all over the region gathered at Auto Metal Direct (AMD) for the Meet N’ Eat Truck Jam 2023. But this event was more than just a chance to show off their prized vehicles, it was an opportunity to give back to the community in a big way.

Every truck entry fee, spectator fee, and vendor fee were paid in the form of a new, unwrapped stuffed animal, which would be donated to the local children’s hospital and police department through the Eddy Bear Foundation. This unique twist on a truck show not only brought joy to the participants and spectators but it also made a meaningful impact on the lives of children in need.

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Honking with Conviction
Big Horns Trump Sheepish Beepers
BY “Rotten” Rodney BaumanPhotography BY THE AUTHOR

ruisin’ low and slow in big-city traffic I’ve certainly heard my share of automobile horns. Have you heard the shrill pitch of a typical modern horn today? Those don’t exactly issue an authoritative warning, do they? Years ago when American iron was more likely to be manufactured in America, you’d have absolutely known if you’d received a honking.

For our long-ongoing ’55 Chevy second-series project, it’s finally time to think about the littler things. With shelves’ worth of parts inventoried on pallet racks, we have only the standard left-side horn in the mix. Coincidentally, we’ve not yet ever seen an original truck of this type with a complete pair of horns. Despite the core support’s louvers for two, so far there’s always only one.

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Justin Reed’s HEMI-Powered ’89 Dodge Ram D150
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Justin Reed’s HEMI-Powered ’89 Dodge Ram D150

BY Fuelish Media

ave you ever wondered why there aren’t nearly as many Dodge trucks out at shows as there are Chevy and Ford pickups? Those of you who have are most likely Mopar fans because the vast majority of showgoers probably don’t even stop to think about the misrepresentation of Dodge badges at these events. The fact of the matter is that there aren’t enough of these trucks being built and customized for show and performance sake. Frankly, there are far less Dodge enthusiasts out there. Also, the aftermarket just isn’t as supportive as it is with the automaker’s counterparts, which makes it that much harder to build one. It’s just the way things are but when there is a badass Dodge truck lurking in the shadows, you had better believe we’ll be there to document its presence.

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1. Art Morrison Enterprises has built thousands of high-performance replacement chassis for a variety of vehicles, one of the more recent offerings is the GT Sport for ’67-72 C10s.

BY Ron CeridonoPhotography BY Chadly Johnson AND COURTESY OF MetalWorks
Art Morrison Enterprises’ GT Sport Chassis for ’67-72 Chevrolet/GMC Pickups

arly in 1970 Art Morrison could be found at any number of dragstrips behind the wheel of the VW pickup wheelstander named “American Flyer”—and fly it did with a fuel-fired big-block Chevy in the bed. By 1971, Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) began as a one-man operation in a home garage focusing primarily on manufacturing drag race chassis along with related components, and, as it’s often said, the rest is history.

Over the years AME’s product line expanded most notably by pioneering the high-performance, bolt-on chassis market, which began with the ’55-57 Chevy GT Sport chassis developed in 2002. Today, AME can provide custom one-off chassis for almost anything with wheels, along with a complete line of vehicle-specific chassis, including ’67-72 Chevrolet/GMC pickups.

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Alex Rosales’ “Since-New” ’53 Chevy Family Heirloom
BY Rob FortierPhotography BY Michael Christensen

othing makes a story more heartwarming than having a little family history tied into it … but this one’s extra special, as Alex Rosales’ ’53 Chevy is ALL about family!

“It had always been a dream of mine to one day restore my great-grandfather’s truck and be able to have my family ride in it and maybe one day have my kids drive it,” Alex says. “I wanted to keep the truck’s body and interior as close to original as possible and leave the natural patina but went with a modernized chassis and drivetrain so it would run like a late-model, high-performance car (or better).

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CTP Tech
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Plumb Perfection
Bending, Flaring, and Forming Stainless Steel Brake Lines
BY Ryan Manson
Photography BY The author
Videography by Ryan Foss Productions

hen it comes to plumbing a disc brake system, you’ll find as many opinions as you will options when it comes to everything from line size to material, flaring techniques, and hardware. Here at the Clampdown Competition garage, we’ve had great experience using a simple kit from Speedway Motors, in addition to a handful of various fittings and hardware. So, when Editor Fortier invited me out to the ITGM Tech Center with the request to plumb his C10 project, I only had one request: contact Speedway and get one of their stainless steel brake line kits on its way.

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"Kyle's Farm"
Kyle Gendreau’s ’67 Ford F-250 Custom Cab Gets Back to Work
BY Chuck VranasPhotography BY THE AUTHOR

n a parallel universe, there’s a completely different side to the classic truck world devoted to the restoration and preservation of vintage haulers to mirror a time when they rolled off the production lines. It’s a moment in time when trucks were ready to get busy doing what they were designed to do, from hauling heavy loads to delivering the goods and even acting as workhorses on farms across the country. For Kyle Gendreau of Franklin, Massachusetts, bringing the ’67 Ford F-250 Custom Cab laid out across our pages back to life wasn’t just about the restoration, it was about completing a journey regarding a lifetime passion of farming and agriculture.

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