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November 2022
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Dream Giveaway '70 F-100 Bumpside
The Souza F-100: Inner Fender Panels
Dream Giveaway '70 F-100 Bumpside
The Souza F-100: Inner Fender Panels
2022 Battle in Bama
Dave Sareault’s '55 Task Force Chevy
Wrapping Up AME’s New '67-72 IRS C10 Chassis
Todd Breuer’s '52 GMC 3100
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Tim Sutton captured Mark Sandfort’s stunning ’65 C10 in all its sun-basking glory, while Brian Goude/GrinderTV shot Todd Breuer’s ’52 GMC for our November cover combo!
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Still Hammerin’
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, so most of us are already fully aware of the major auto manufacturers claiming to cease production of all gas-powered vehicles by 2035 (some state they’ll stop sooner than that), right? Well, just the other day, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, issued the mandate that the state will ban the sales of new-model, gasoline-powered vehicles in 2035, which to me is somewhat redundant, but nonetheless, it’s Gavin Newsom, so …

Anyway, there was an immediate uproar following that statement, as it seems some people mistook that as saying “no more gas-powered vehicles, period.” No, our fearless state leader is simply taking the EV reins by the cables in an attempt to be the leader of the free-of-fossil-fuel world. But just days after making that announcement California was hit with a record-breaking heat wave, putting an immense strain on our power grid. To the rescue again, Newsom quickly made a plea to all California residents to—guess what?—NOT charge their electric vehicles. A few days later, still in the midst of grueling high temperatures, the governor further plead to residents to restrict their use of high-draw appliances … including air conditioning in their homes.

Sure, we are a little over a decade out from that 2035 mandate, but what this not-so-little heat wave in California has shown—not just to this state, but nationwide—is that we’re nowhere near ready to go all electric. Not even close. But maybe there’s a positive side to all this ridiculousness.

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Alumicraft says they are often asked to make modern versions of classic parts. They have answered that call with their one-piece CNC-machined aluminum taillights for the ’67-72 Chevy C10 trucks. The 6061-T6 aluminum bezels and housings side mount like a late-model truck in the tailgate ’jamb. They hold the Digi-Tails–designed full-length LED boards that offer both sequential and non-sequential operation. The lenses are CNC-machined red acrylic with ball mill grooves. A full wiring harness is included along with an LED turn signal flasher. Alumicraft also manufactures custom two-piece grille inserts for the ’67-68 C10 trucks. They are currently developing more grille inserts for the ’69-70 and ’71-72 pickups. All Alumicraft products are proudly made here in the U.S. by talented craftsmen.
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Mark Sandfort’s ’65 Chevy C10
BY Rob FortierPhotography BY Tim Sutton

or all of our regular readers, hopefully you’ve become well accustomed to the extremely high level of quality work Bill Ganahl and his crew at South City Rod & Custom (SCRC) puts out with every vehicle that comes out of their NorCal Bay Area shop. Mark Sandfort’s ’65 C10 is no exception—it’s exemplary of SCRC’s ability to perfect factory styling to the point where you really have to look to notice it … but once you do, you then come to appreciate the amount of work that really went into creating this work of art.

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Part 2: Another Time-is-Money Comparison

BY “Rotten” Rodney BaumanPhotography BY THE AUTHOR


ure, we can salvage an original door. Lately, however, our salvaging efforts haven’t been so cost-effective. As you may recall from last month’s installment, our ongoing ’55 Chevrolet second-series project’s passenger side will retain an original front fender and door. For the driver side we’ve procured a reproduction front fender and door, both from Brothers Trucks.

Last month’s comparison focused on fenders. This time around we’ll focus more on doors. The right side original had the usual issues that we’ve pretty much come to expect. From the gate we saw the need for outside corner patch panels, so we ordered up a lower doorskin from Brothers early on.

Certain sections of the old used door required abrasive blasting. As usual, blasting exposed other needed rust repairs, mostly along the inner doorskin’s lower edge. In the end our skin-grafting procedures were successful. Some door-edge modification rendered better-than-new gaps. That went quick and fairly easily. Necessary fillerwork, however, totaled up to more than we’d like to admit.

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A Patina-Packed Georgia Farm Truck Gets a New Life on Long Island

ot rodder Todd McParlin of Centereach, New York, spent more than 30-odd years protecting and serving the community as a member of a local police force. “When I retired from the force in 2018, I decided I needed a project truck to kick off my newfound free time. What I wanted to do was build a restomod vintage truck that could be driven anywhere, so I set my sights on finding a suitable starting point for my dream ‘bedded’ hot rod.”

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California Dreamin'
Dave Sareault’s ’55 Task Force Series Chevy
BY Chuck Vranas Photography By THE AUTHOR

ou never know where the base for your next classic truck build will come from. It’s kind of like setting out to find a diamond in a mountain of sand once you make the decision on what year, brand, and model of truck you want to start with. Couple this with your intended budget and overall condition you’re hoping to find and it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start digging till it materializes. Many times the search can stretch to a number of years while other times what you’re looking for could be hidden in a nearby garage. For Dave Sareault of Walpole, Massachusetts, locating the ’55 Task Force Series Chevy laid out across our pages was one that fate had a heavy hand in.


1. The first step in constructing the inner fender panels was to modify the inner fender edges, filling the original holes for the mounting bolts and adding a flange so the new fasteners would be hidden.

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Part 4: Inner Fender Panels

BY Ron CovellPhotography BY THE AUTHOR


ork is continuing on the Souza F-100 at Gary’s Rods & Restorations. The most recent areas to be completed are the inner fender panels. The goal was to dramatically clean up the look of the underhood area and to use hidden fasteners to hold all the panels together. It certainly takes a lot of extra planning and work to make panels that fit perfectly when you don’t want the screws to show, but this level of detail has come to be expected for high-end builds like this one, and everyone involved is delighted with the outcome.

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Battle in Bama is Taking the Gulf Coast by Storm
BY Shawn BreretonPhotography By THE AUTHOR

iving near the Gulf of Mexico people get accustomed to storms. As the sun heats the water it begins to evaporate, creating clouds. When clouds build skyward, the instability creates a thunderstorm. Throw some other conditions into the mix and you’ve got yourself a hurricane. You may not see it on the radar, but the Battle in Bama Hot Rod, Truck, and Bike Show, presented by Ultimate Audio Fabrication, has hit hurricane status.

Every May in Mobile, Alabama, the three-day Battle in Bama event has become one of the premier shows on the Gulf Coast in just seven short years. The setting is epic! The showground is right on Mobile Bay at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park where the “Heroine of the Pacific” is permanently docked. Throw in some planes, tanks, and a submarine, and you couldn’t ask for a more stunning backdrop for an auto show. Scenery aside, the show could stand on its own merits, even if it took place in a junkyard.

Every year on January 1 pre-registration opens on the website (, but you better be quick. Capped at 1,300 vehicles, it has sold out for the past four years, so don’t even think about registering at the gate. Vendor spaces are also snatched up quickly—it is that popular of a show.

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Stylish Styleside
This F-100 is a Prize—in More Ways Than One
By the Classic Truck Performance Staff

ord F-series pickup trucks have been popular with buyers since the F-1 was introduced in 1948—and it doesn’t appear that popularity has diminished as they remain highly sought after by classic truck enthusiasts. There have been seven generations of F-series trucks: first-gen F-1 ’48-52, second-gen F-100 ’53-56, third-gen F-100 ’57-60, fourth-gen F-100 ’61-66, fifth-gen F-100 ’67-72, sixth-gen F-100 ’73-79, and the seventh and last F-100 in the series ’80-83. The example shown here is a fifth-gen ’70 F-100 in with a short Styleside pickup box in Sport Custom trim.

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1. Show up at our shop and you get put to work. Anthony Meo, grandson of truck owner Paul Willis, stopped by to say “hello.” We put him to work double-checking all the fasteners on our Flat Out Engineering Corvette IRS installation.

BY Ron Ceridono  Photography by The Author

Affordable Independent Rear Suspension for  Classic Trucks Title
1. Show up at our shop and you get put to work. Anthony Meo, grandson of truck owner Paul Willis, stopped by to say “hello.” We put him to work double-checking all the fasteners on our Flat Out Engineering Corvette IRS installation.

BY Ron Ceridono  Photography by The Author

Affordable Independent Rear Suspension for Classic Trucks

Flat Out’s Vette-Based IRS for Early F-100s

Flat Out’s Vette-Based IRS for Early F-100s


hen it comes to suspension design there’s a reason many high-end luxury and performance cars have independent rear suspension: it’s the simple fact that an IRS rides and handles far better than a solid axle. Like many classic truck enthusiasts, Paul Willis wanted to improve the ride and handling of his ’55 Ford F-100 with an IRS update, but the heart-stopping cost of the aftermarket designs put such a swap out of reach. That was before he learned of Don McNeil’s Flat Out Engineering installation kits that use C4 Corvette suspension components.

McNeil has a long and storied career as a hot rodder and entrepreneur. He’s been involved in drag racing, Bonneville competition, built a long list of modified cars and trucks, as well as developed a variety of successful businesses. Today McNeil’s focus is Flat Out Engineering that specializes in affordable, easy-to-install kits to adapt ’84-96 Corvette C4 suspension components to a variety of cars and trucks—that includes a kit for the rear of our ’55 F-100.

As McNeil explains it: “The C4 Corvette suspension was a design milestone in sports car suspensions. GM engineers worked for years on this to have a ‘World Class Sports Car’ that would outperform the finest high-priced European sports cars on the market. The forged aluminum spindle uprights, A-arms, half shafts, and control arms are not only light weight but incredibly strong. The lightweight aluminum components give the suspension system a sprung to unsprung weight ratio that is unsurpassed. This provides excellent ride quality with cornering and handling that outperforms any other production vehicle.” McNeil points out another big advantage to the C4 suspension is the availability of parts. “Ball joints, brake parts, tie-rod ends, and any other parts that might wear with frequent use are standard GM parts and easily available at parts stores anywhere.”

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Rhapsody in ... Toyota Blue?
Tre 5 Hits Another Home Run With Todd Breuer’s ’52 GMC
BY Rob Fortier  PHOTOGRAPHY BY Grinder TV

ast November, I got the opportunity to lay eyes on Todd Breuer’s fresh-from-the-shop GMC at Dino’s Git Down in Tre 5’s booth just adjacent to ours. What initially caught my eye, besides the fact that it was of non-Chevy GM origin (my favorite), was the color—Toyota Blue—which stood proudly flanked by the glimmering K5 and C10 that were on display (and also painted by iKandy Paintworks).

Of course, I spent a considerable amount of time admiring Todd’s ’52, but didn’t have a chance to pick builder Jeremy Rice’s brain about the build … till now.

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Part 2:Wrapping Up AME’s New ’67-72 IRS C10 Chassis
’67-72 IRS C10 Chassis
BY Chadly JohnsonPhotography BY THE AUTHOR

t’s clear that Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) understands the truck enthusiast’s mentality of “bigger is better” and threw out the rule book when engineering their new C10 chassis with its beefier suspension control arms, bushings, crossmembers, and framerail design. Check the box next to the “independent rear suspension” upgrade and you have the ultimate foundation for the sport truck of your dreams. One lucky truck body will be sitting on top of the chassis you see before you, especially now that the team at MetalWorks has layered on the best performance products in the industry. The end result will provide the makings for the ultimate C10 truck.

In part 1 (Oct. ’22 issue of CTP ). of the AME C10 chassis feature assembled by MetalWorks in Eugene, Oregon, we showed how the professionals prep the chassis for coating and assembly of the suspension components. So, what’s left before adding your truck’s cab and bed to this performance chassis? Here we’ll cover how the MetalWorks team completes their final assembly of the rolling chassis package that features a supercharged LT5 GM Connect & Cruise powerplant. Additional components include a Wegner Automotive engine accessory drive kit, Inland Empire driveshaft, Rick’s Tanks’ fuel tank, Wilwood brakes, E-Stopp electronic e-brake system, and Forgeline Dropkick wheels.

When your chassis looks this good, it’s hard to cover it up with sheetmetal, but we are also itching to see the truck build finished and how this chassis package performs!

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The Southeastern Truck Nationals Knocks it Out of the Park
BY Tommy Lee ByrdPhotography By THE AUTHOR

s the popularity of classic trucks continues to grow, so do the events that cater specifically to trucks. In the Southeast region of the United States, one show continues to grow every time they open the gate—the Southeastern Chevy/GMC Truck Nationals. This year marks the 12th annual event, and it once again packed the house at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Tennessee. The event organizers made a few structural changes to the event to better serve the participants and spectators, and it proved to be a huge success, despite a few thunderstorms that rolled through the area during the event.

The two-day show takes place on Friday and Saturday, with registration capped off at 1,700 trucks. All Chevrolet and GMC trucks are eligible for entry, but our coverage will focus primarily on classic trucks from 1947-87. The event features a huge show and shine area that covers many areas in the vast fairground, offering plenty of shade and cool parking spots. Dozens of vendors packed the midway area, and there was a swap meet for those searching for a deal. Food and refreshments were plentiful.

The variety of trucks made for an awesome display of creative builds, ranging from rocker panel-dragging trucks to giant, lifted trucks and literally everything in-between. As usual, there was a great mixture of patina, factory-style paintjobs and a few custom jobs thrown in for good measure. Pickup trucks, Suburbans, Blazers, and more rolled in for the Southeastern Chevy/GMC Truck Nationals and we expect an even bigger and better show when next summer rolls around. Be sure to check out for more information.

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