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Patrick McCarthy
Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy

Associate Editor

Email: patrick@truckin.com
As the associate editor of Truckin and its three yearly SIP issues, I'm responsible for everything ranging from photography to writing to event coverage. I started at the magazine in Spring 2012, and since then I've been constantly working to learn new skills and become a better writer, photographer, and ambassador for Truckin.
  • More from Patrick McCarthy
  • Best Mechanic’s Cart Under $250 - Truckin Tough
    Best Mechanic’s Cart Under $250 - Truckin Tough
    Load Up Your Tools & Start Wrenchin'!
    By Jacob Jackson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    After a few trips to our local tool retailers and a few clicks online, we ordered five mechanic’s carts topping out at $250*. Major players are battling in this month's Truckin Tough and with several different styles tested, we're certain the victor...

  • CTEK Power Multi US 25000 - Tool Of The Month
    CTEK Power Multi US 25000 - Tool Of The Month
    Professional Battery Charger Available for the Masses
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    The best part of the CTEK 25000 is the automatic switch from charging cycles. If your battery is extremely low, it will slowly build it back up to full strength and prepare it for starting chores.


  • 2007 Chevrolet Silverado - Engulfed
    2007 Chevrolet Silverado - Engulfed
    This Daily Driven Silverado is Covered in Intricate Flames
    By Patrick McCarthy

    This 2007 Chevrolet Silverado flame-painted always draws a crowd at shows, even alongside other custom vehicles, so you can imagine what kind of attention it attracts on public streets.

  • Underhood Shop Lights Comparison - Truckin Tough
    Underhood Shop Lights Comparison - Truckin Tough
    Taking One Frustration Out of the Equation
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    We went out and purchased five underhood shop lights. We tested the lights in several different scenarios, and we found an underhood light that is Truckin Tough.

  • 1999 Ford Lightning - Project Stealth Fighter: Part 2
    1999 Ford Lightning - Project Stealth Fighter: Part 2
    We Balance Street Manners With Track-Ready Performance
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    It was time to address the 15-year-old Ford’s suspension and drag our 1999 Ford Lightning into the realm of modern performance trucks.

  • 1999 GMC Sierra C3500 HD - Double Wide
    1999 GMC Sierra C3500 HD - Double Wide
    Building a Dumped, Do-It-All Dualie
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Check out how Brandon Obert of West Jordan, Utah, set out to make his 1999 GMC Sierra C3500 better than it was from the factory.

  • OTC Strut Tamer Extreme - Tool Of The Month
    OTC Strut Tamer Extreme - Tool Of The Month
    Getting The Job Done Right And Safely
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    The OTC Strut Tamer Extreme is engineered specifically for 1/2-ton truck coil springs and is our tool of this month.

  • 1989 Chevrolet C1500 Project Rehab: Serious Small-Block Part 2
    1989 Chevrolet C1500 Project Rehab: Serious Small-Block Part 2
    Topping Off Our 383 Stroker Build With Edelbrock E-Street Self-Learning EFI
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Last month we transformed the ordinary 350 motor in our 1989 Chevrolet C1500 into something special. Now, it was time to tie up a few loose ends and add a fuel system before firing it up for the first time. Follow along to see how our 383 fared on th...


  • Garage Shop Vacuum Shootout
    Garage Shop Vacuum Shootout
    Which Vac Sucks the Most for Under $100?
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Having a quality shop vacuum is an absolute must. But, How do you buy the best one? Let's see some specifications for Craftsman XSP 12-gallon, Rigid 14-gallon, Central Machinery 5-gallon, and Shop-Vac 12-gallon Stainless Steel, so you can judge by yo...

  • 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition First Drive
    2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition First Drive
    New “1794 Edition” Competes With Chevy’s High Country, Ford’s King Ranch, and Ram’s Longhorn
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Courtesy of the Manufacturer

    New “1794 Edition” Competes With Chevy’s High Country, Ford’s King Ranch, and Ram’s Longhorn

  • 2001 Ford F-150 - Insatiable - Busted Knuckles
    2001 Ford F-150 - Insatiable - Busted Knuckles
    Brian Fields Couldn’t Resist Turning His Daily Into a Project
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Grant Cox

    As custom truck guys, we all know the feeling of being unable to leave well enough alone. Sure, your daily driven truck is probably perfectly fine and gets you from point A to B… but it could be better.

  • High-Tech Hammers - Truckin Tough
    High-Tech Hammers - Truckin Tough
    Dead Blow Ball Pein Hammers
    By Jacob Jackson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Enter the age of dead blow ball pein hammers complete with one-piece polyurethane handle with a steel shot-filled canister and welded heat-treated rod for maximum strength, longevity, and striking force.

  • Ford F-150 Amp Research Step Install - Step On Up
    Ford F-150 Amp Research Step Install - Step On Up
    AMP Research Automated Steps Allow Easy Ingress and Egress for Lifted Trucks
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Lifted trucks are a lot of fun, but when entering or exiting a lifted truck, the exact opposite becomes true -- the taller the truck, the more effort necessary to reach your simple goal.

  • 2013 Holley LS Fest
    2013 Holley LS Fest
    Bowling Green, Kentucky, Becomes a Mecca for GM LS Engine Performance Once Again
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Harley Camilleri

    Bowling Green, Kentucky, Becomes a Mecca for GM LS Engine Performance Once Again

  • New Products - March 2014
    New Products - March 2014
    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Readers

    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck

  • 1940 Dodge Pickup - Infamous
    1940 Dodge Pickup - Infamous
    A Garage-Built Hot Rod From the Sunshine State
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    A Garage-Built Hot Rod From the Sunshine State

  • 1989 Chevrolet C1500 Project Rehab: Serious Small-Block Part 1
    1989 Chevrolet C1500 Project Rehab: Serious Small-Block Part 1
    Building a Potent 383ci Stroker With Parts From Edelbrock, SCAT, and Summit Racing
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dangeruss.net

    The venerable Chevrolet C1500 350 can be found at the heart of nearly four decades of GM vehicles, and as a result it has been built and modified in just about every way imaginable.


  • SEMA 2013: New Products
    SEMA 2013: New Products
    The 50 Best New Truck Parts and 5 Best Tools From the SEMA Show
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Courtesy of SEMA

    The 50 Best New Truck Parts and 5 Best Tools From the SEMA Show

  • 2011 Chevy Silverado - Blue Bomber
    2011 Chevy Silverado - Blue Bomber
    A High-Performance Trans For Supercharged V-8s
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    A High-Performance Trans For Supercharged V-8s

  • Chevy Body Roll Control
    Chevy Body Roll Control
    Improving Our C1500’s Handling With Hellwig Front & Rear Sway Bars
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Improving Our C1500’s Handling With Hellwig Front & Rear Sway Bars



  • New Products - February 2014
    New Products - February 2014
    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck



  • 2010 Ford F-150 - Grounded
    2010 Ford F-150 - Grounded
    A Slammed Blue Oval Built With a Purpose
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    A Slammed Blue Oval Built With a Purpose

  • 1990 Chevy Suburban
    1990 Chevy Suburban
    Breathing New Life Into a Rescued Suburban
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Breathing New Life Into a Rescued Suburban


  • 2014 GM Truck Buyer's Guide
    2014 GM Truck Buyer's Guide
    All-New Parts for Your New Silverado or Sierra
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    All-New Parts for Your New Silverado or Sierra


  • 2006 GMC TopKick C5500 - Colossus
    2006 GMC TopKick C5500 - Colossus
    Ricky Rygaard's C5500 is the Ultimate Tow Rig
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    Ricky set out to build the ultimate tow rig for his Tahoe, and we'd say he was successful. His TopKick looks mean, rides low, scares the neighbors with its sound system, and can effortlessly transport his other projects to shows across the country.

  • 2000 GMC Sierra - Frankenstein Sierra - Busted Knuckles
    2000 GMC Sierra - Frankenstein Sierra - Busted Knuckles
    Chris Volponi's 650HP Monstrosity Is All About Speed
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Henry Z. DeKuyper

    Chris Volponi of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is not like most truck owners. His 2000 GMC Sierra is not what most people consider pretty, and not only does he acknowledge this, but he actually went out of his way to make it look that way.

  • Wheel Polish Comparo
    Wheel Polish Comparo
    If You've Got to Polish Your Wheels, Use the Best
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Polishing aluminum wheels sucks. Let’s just get that out of the way. No one, and we do mean no one, enjoys polishing wheels. But we all love the end result of spending a few hours making a beat-up billet wheel look like new again.

  • Caleb Ness - Radical Renderings
    Caleb Ness - Radical Renderings
    Wild Trucks We Wish Were Built
    By Patrick McCarthy, Caleb Ness
    , Photography by Caleb Ness

    As far back as he can remember, Caleb Ness has been passionate about drawing cars and trucks. As a high school student in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he would spend hours drawing his friends' vehicles.


  • 1999 Ford Lightning - Project Stealth Fighter: Part 1
    1999 Ford Lightning - Project Stealth Fighter: Part 1
    Upgrading the Supercharged Ford Lightning for Monster Power
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    With a completely original engine powering our in-house ’99 Ford Lightning, we found ourselves a little underwhelmed with the 15-plus-year-old technology. The time had come to make a real power upgrade.

  • Robert Garcia - Radical Renderings
    Robert Garcia - Radical Renderings
    Wild Trucks We Wish Were Built
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Robert Garcia

    Robert Garcia's passion for all things automotive began at a young age. Growing up in Long Beach, California, his father worked as a mechanic, and his older brothers were constantly tinkering in the garage.

  • 2011 Dodge Durango - Double-D Durango
    2011 Dodge Durango - Double-D Durango
    A Slammed AWD Family Hauler on 22s
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by John Wargo

    When it comes to family vehicles, many parents are content rolling around in minivans or station wagons. This was unacceptable to John Wargo of Flanagan, Illinois, so he built this aggressive SUV at his shop, The Custom Shop, also in Flanagan.

  • American Racing Headers Install - Power Pipes
    American Racing Headers Install - Power Pipes
    Putting the Growl in Ford's Coyote 5.0L V-8 Thanks to American Racing Headers
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    Now that it has been out for a few years it’s time for us to see how the aftermarket has responded with tried-and-true bolt-ons. Hunting for power, we tracked down new long-tube headers and stainless exhaust kit from American Racing Headers.

  • 1964 Chevrolet C10 - Slammin' Steel - Busted Knuckles
    1964 Chevrolet C10 - Slammin' Steel - Busted Knuckles
    This '64 C10 Looks Tough Tucking 20-Inch Steelies
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    As truck guys, we often have a hard time staying satisfied with the status quo. In our minds, if something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing, and we frequently obsess over the details of our project trucks.

  • MTX and Stinger Audio Upgrade - Good Vibrations
    MTX and Stinger Audio Upgrade - Good Vibrations
    Our EcoBoost Gets An Audio Overhaul From MTX and Stinger
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Although it’s true that factory sound systems have significantly improved in the last decade, they still leave much to be desired, especially for those of us who are used to high-dollar audio gear.

  • New Truck Products - Issue 13
    New Truck Products - Issue 13
    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck!
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck!

  • 1989 Dodge Dakota SE Convertible - Going Topless
    1989 Dodge Dakota SE Convertible - Going Topless
    This Drop-Top Dakota is a Little-Known Factory Experiment
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Scotty Lachenauer

    The 1989 Dakota Sport convertible was built through a contract Chrysler signed with the American Conversion Shop, making it the first American convertible pickup since the Ford Model A.

  • 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 - Descended
    2004 Dodge Ram 1500 - Descended
    This Daily Driven Ram Lays Frame With Ease
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Robert Roberts, an aircraft mechanic from San Antonio, Texas, is a great example of this group. We met Robert at Scrapin’ the Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi, and were immediately impressed by his clean 2004 Dodge Ram.

  • Bosch 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Grinder - Tool of the Month
    Bosch 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Grinder - Tool of the Month
    Slicing and Dicing Without Restrictions
    By Jacob Jackson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Unlike traditional AC–powered grinders, the Bosch cordless grinder is powered by a heavy-duty 18V Lithium-Ion battery. With electronic motor protection and electronic cell protection, both the expensive four-pole motor and Li-Ion batteries won’t melt...

  • 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD - Bug-Out Build
    2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD - Bug-Out Build
    Getting Ready for When Things Hit the Fan
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    The term "bug-out" refers to leaving a chaotic area during chaotic circumstances and getting out of Dodge in a hurry. Scratches? No longer a problem. Daily applications of harsh elements? We laugh at them.

  • Radical Renderings - SEMA 2013 Sneak Preview
    Radical Renderings - SEMA 2013 Sneak Preview
    An Exclusive Look at America’s Best Upcoming Truck Builds
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    Many of the nation’s finest high-dollar custom truck builds are debuted at the Las Vegas show each year, and these projects are typically kept under wraps until the show in late October.

  • Girls of SEMA 2013
    Girls of SEMA 2013
    Over 40 of the Cutest Booth Babes and Models at This Year’s SEMA Show
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    This year, we’ve decided to walk the show and photograph some of the beautiful girls we encounter throughout the week.

  • SEMA 2013 Photos: Snakebit Ford F-100
    SEMA 2013 Photos: Snakebit Ford F-100
    This Wicked F-100's Blood Runs as Cold as a Cobra
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Check out Ford's newest custom concept vehicle: a sleek F-100 with inspiration from the Mustang Cobra.

  • SEMA 2013 Photos: 2014 Chevy Silverado
    SEMA 2013 Photos: 2014 Chevy Silverado
    "Trilogy" from Texas-based Shop Full Flex Customs is Unveiled at SEMA
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Robbie Bryant, owner of Arkansas-based KEG Media, has built his fair share of show-stopping custom trucks over the years.

  • SEMA 2013 Photos: 2013 Ford F-250
    SEMA 2013 Photos: 2013 Ford F-250
    Truck Snapshots from the SEMA Show
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Here's one of our favorite lifted trucks from SEMA 2013: a big, burly F-250 with an insane amount of attention to detail.

  • Preview Photos - SEMA 2013
    Preview Photos - SEMA 2013
    A Few Highlights Before the Show Starts
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy

    If you're not already excited about the 2013 SEMA show, you should be.

  • 1948 Chevy Pickup - Black Beauty
    1948 Chevy Pickup - Black Beauty
    Reinventing the Classic Flatbed Chevy Formula
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Isaac Mion

    The moment someone utters the word flatbed, images of a tired, dented work truck sputtering down the highway spring to mind. Sure, flatbeds may be functional, but they’re nowhere near as sexy as a smooth metal fleetside or stepside, right?



  • Ratcheting Screwdrivers - Truckin Tough
    Ratcheting Screwdrivers - Truckin Tough
    Is There Such A Thing As All-In-One?
    By Jacob Jackson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    The ever-popular “all-in-one” screwdriver makes perfect left-brain sense, as it’s logical to think that a screwdriver with multiple bits will serve multiple functions.

  • 1956 Chevrolet Pickup - Stretched Chevy
    1956 Chevrolet Pickup - Stretched Chevy
    This Unique Extended Cab Was Fabricated From the Ground Up
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    For someone who has been in the metalworking business for 47 years, it takes a lot to make a project challenging. That’s why we knew we were in for something special when Guy Hansen of Villa Park, California, told us he decided to build a truck as a...

  • Grip-Tite Wrenches And Sockets - Tool of the Month
    Grip-Tite Wrenches And Sockets - Tool of the Month
    Quit Stripping & Start Gripping
    By Matthew Ryan
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    If you’re tired of busting your knuckles, cussing under your breath, and raising your blood pressure while working on your truck, let us introduce you to Grip-Tite super wrenches and socket sets.

  • 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe - Rolling Deep - Busted Knuckles
    1998 Chevrolet Tahoe - Rolling Deep - Busted Knuckles
    This 1998 Tahoe Tucks Massive 24x15-Inch Billets
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    We've always said that if something is worth doing, it's worth overdoing. You could build a truck that's simply low, or you could build a truck that is absolutely slammed. You could build a sound system that's loud, or you could build one that vibrat...

  • New Products - December 2013
    New Products - December 2013
    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck!
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck!

  • Ingersoll Rand 20V Impact Wrench - Tool of the Month
    Ingersoll Rand 20V Impact Wrench - Tool of the Month
    Professional-Grade Technology for the Masses
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    When Ingersoll Rand released its latest cordless impact in a 20V configuration, we couldn’t wait to check out the performance, durability, and ergonomics. Spoiler alert: it’s incredible.

  • Sherwood Innovations Dash Kit - Simple Style
    Sherwood Innovations Dash Kit - Simple Style
    Upgrade Your Plastic Dash in 30 Minutes
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    Last month, we showed you how easy it was to upgrade your airbag-equipped steering wheel and boring gauges by updating project Blue Bomber’s all-stock interior. The 2011 Silverado was looking more stylish, but the work truck black plastic dash was st...


  • 2007 Classic Chevy Silverado - Ablaze
    2007 Classic Chevy Silverado - Ablaze
    This '07 Silverado Burns Bright
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    After enjoying his previous build for a while, Todd picked up a completely stock 2007 classic Crew Cab Silverado. It didn’t take long for the custom bug to start biting and Todd was itching to forever change the look of his Silverado.

  • Wrench Organizer Comparo - Truckin Tough
    Wrench Organizer Comparo - Truckin Tough
    Regaining Your Sanity - One Wrench At A Time
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy

    Hey buddy, can you grab me a 15mm wrench? Forty-five seconds after asking your friend that question, you’re wondering what’s taking him so long. He returns to the engine bay shaking his head and reminds you that a clean toolbox is a happy toolbox.

  • New Products - November 2013
    New Products - November 2013
    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck!
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    The Latest Goodies For Your Truck!

  • Buying and Customizing a 1988-1998 Chevy for Under $4,000
    Buying and Customizing a 1988-1998 Chevy for Under $4,000
    Budget Truck Rehab
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Beginning a new truck project is rife with anticipation. It starts with agonizingly visualizing all the possible build styles, poring over catalogs of shiny new parts, and finally narrowing down the options into one final design.

  • Easy Lighting Upgrades for 2009-2012 Ram 1500s
    Easy Lighting Upgrades for 2009-2012 Ram 1500s
    Recon Light Upgrade
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Manufacturers do a good job of making sure the components on vehicles leaving their plants function properly. But they also need to make money, meaning skimping here and there is an acceptable practice.

  • America's Best Readers' Rides
    America's Best Readers' Rides
    Even More of the Coolest Trucks You Built
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Readers

    Even More of the Coolest Trucks You Built

  • SnugTop Tonneau Cover - Sleek Security
    SnugTop Tonneau Cover - Sleek Security
    Protecting Project Blue Bomber’s Cargo With a SnugTop Tonneau Cover
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    The new SnugLid tonneau cover fits the truck's clean and simple theme perfectly, and thanks to SnugTop's precise factory paint-matching, we didn't even have to have it painted.

  • Top Tape Measures Tested - Truckin Tough
    Top Tape Measures Tested - Truckin Tough
    Going the Extra Length to Find a Winner
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Tape measures are vital in any shop, garage, construction company, and home. The old adage “Measure twice and cut once” is wisdom from someone who ended up cutting a bunch of times and couldn’t make right what he had just screwed up.

  • Anthony Spadaro - Radical Renderings
    Anthony Spadaro - Radical Renderings
    Wild Trucks We Wish Were Built
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Anthony Spadaro

    Growing up in the small rural town of Hiram, Ohio, Anthony Spadaro’s love for everything automotive started at a young age.

  • Radical Renderings - Colter O'Dell
    Radical Renderings - Colter O'Dell
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Colter O’dell

    While many of our featured artists tell us that they knew from an early age that automotive design was their passion, this was not necessarily the case for Colter O’Dell.

  • 2014 Chevy Silverado: First Drive
    2014 Chevy Silverado: First Drive
    Testing Chevy's All-New Truck in San Antonio
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    They’ve been hard at work developing a new platform that they hope will take the market by storm. The new 2014 Silverado was officially unveiled last December, but no one outside GM has had a chance to get behind the wheel and see the changes firstha...



  • Danger Zone 2013
    Danger Zone 2013
    The Biggest, Baddest, and Best Trucks of Central California
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    If you’re not from the Golden State, odds are that the mention of California makes you think of the bustling streets of LA, the fish markets of San Francisco, or maybe even the beautiful beaches of the central coast.

  • Chevy Electrical Enhancements
    Chevy Electrical Enhancements
    Our Base-Model Chevy Gets Power Windows, Locks, and an Alarm From Electric Life
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Our Base-Model Chevy Gets Power Windows, Locks, and an Alarm From Electric Life



  • LS Fest THROWDOWN 2013
    LS Fest THROWDOWN 2013
    Come Burn Rubber With Us in Kentucky
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Attention GM performance truck enthusiasts: Truckin needs you!

  • New Products - September 2013
    New Products - September 2013
    A look into the latest products for your truck!
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    A look into the latest products for your truck!


  • 2011 GMC Sierra - The Gold Standard
    2011 GMC Sierra - The Gold Standard
    Eddie Stokes' Sierra Sets the Bar for Clean Custom Style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    Eddie Stokes' Sierra Sets the Bar for Clean Custom Style

  • 2013 Summer Madness
    2013 Summer Madness
    High Temperatures and Hot Rides in Central California
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Central Valley Show Draws Impressive Turnout

  • 2004 GMC Sierra - Into The Darkness
    2004 GMC Sierra - Into The Darkness
    Sinister Airbrushing Covers This Slammed GMC's Sheetmetal
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    Sinister Airbrushing Covers This Slammed GMC's Sheetmetal


  • New Products - August 2013
    New Products - August 2013
    The Latest Sound Goodies
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by The Manufacturers

    The Latest Sound Goodies




  • Truckin Tough - August 2013
    Truckin Tough - August 2013
    Best Multi-Use Lubricant/Penetrant
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Best Multi-Use Lubricant/Penetrant

  • 2004 Chevrolet Silverado - Wasted
    2004 Chevrolet Silverado - Wasted
    This Tahoe-Clipped Chevy Rolls Low in the Sunshine State
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    This Tahoe-Clipped Chevy Rolls Low in the Sunshine State

  • Forbidden Fantasy 2013
    Forbidden Fantasy 2013
    16 Years and Running Strong
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    16 Years and Running Strong

  • 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost - Project Silver Bullet, Part 1
    2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost - Project Silver Bullet, Part 1
    A V-6 Made How Much Horsepower?
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    Remember the old adage, "There’s no replacement for displacement?" With a gleam in his eye, your old man always told you about big-block muscle cars ruling the streets during the '60s and '70s.

  • Polk Audio System - Sound Logic
    Polk Audio System - Sound Logic
    Project Blue Bomber Gets an Audiophile-Grade Sound System from Polk Audio
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Project Blue Bomber Gets an Audiophile-Grade Sound System from Polk Audio

  • Sunset Chevy - 1966 Chevrolet C10
    Sunset Chevy - 1966 Chevrolet C10
    Country Musician James Otto Built This C10 to Honor His Grandpa
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Team Truckin

    Country Musician James Otto Built This C10 to Honor His Grandpa

  • Fatal Attraction - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado
    Fatal Attraction - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado
    The Embodiment of One Texan's Addiction to the Fast Life
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Harley Camilleri, Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    The Embodiment of One Texan's Addiction to the Fast Life

  • Adding Power to a 6.0L LS Stroker Build With Crane Cams
    Adding Power to a 6.0L LS Stroker Build With Crane Cams
    Choose Your Cam
    By Patrick McCarthy, Richard Holdener
    , Photography by Richard Holdener

    Whether you are looking for a mild performance grind or something to show taillights to that pesky Hemi Dodge Ram, Crane has the perfect cam for your 4.8L, 5.3L or 6.0L truck application.

  • Patrick McCarthy
    Patrick McCarthy
    Associate Editor at Truckin Magazine
    By Patrick McCarthy

    As the associate editor of Truckin and its three yearly SIP issues, I'm responsible for everything ranging from photography to writing to event coverage.


  • New Products - July 2013
    New Products - July 2013
    The Latest For Your Sweet Ride
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Manufacturers

    The Latest For Your Sweet Ride


  • Truckin Tough - S.O.S.
    Truckin Tough - S.O.S.
    Socket Organizer Shootout
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy

    Socket Organizer Shootout

  • 1957 Chevrolet Cameo - Americana
    1957 Chevrolet Cameo - Americana
    Hot-Rodding Tradition Inspired This ’57 Cameo
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    The story of this 1957 Chevy Cameo began in 1967, when current owner Cleave Simpson’s father picked up the truck in bone stock form.

  • Slamboree 2013 Custom Show
    Slamboree 2013 Custom Show
    Oklahoma's Sickest Custom Trucks Cruise to the Hard Rock
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Grant Cox

    Oklahoma's Sickest Custom Trucks Cruise to the Hard Rock

  • Ford F-150 Tremor Unveiled!
    Ford F-150 Tremor Unveiled!
    This Standard-Cab Sport Truck Packs an EcoBoost-powered Punch
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Courtesy of Ford

    The Ford F-150 Tremor is Unveiled! This Standard-Cab Sport Truck Packs an EcoBoost-powered Punch!

  • Midwest Dragfest 2013
    Midwest Dragfest 2013
    Dragging the Streets of Missouri in Style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Grant Cox

    Dragging the Streets of Missouri in Style

  • Katzkin Rawlings Edition Leather Seats - Like A Glove
    Katzkin Rawlings Edition Leather Seats - Like A Glove
    Upgrading Blue Bomber
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Cloth seats have been the staple for truck interiors since the late '80s when the Big Three finally decided that vinyl seats were passé. Anybody that lived through a sweltering summer on vinyl seats can attest to the horrible sweating they helped pro...

  • Scrapin The Coast 2013 Show Coverage
    Scrapin The Coast 2013 Show Coverage
    The South’s Finest Custom Trucks Hit the Gulf Coast Once More
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    The South’s Finest Custom Trucks Hit the Gulf Coast Once More


  • Kombat T-98 - Heavy Metal Marathon
    Kombat T-98 - Heavy Metal Marathon
    A Month-Long Ultimate Road Trip in Goldzilla
    By Patrick McCarthy, Robb Pritchard
    , Photography by Robb Pritchard

    Unimaginably rich people living on the world’s most iconic Formula 1 track are so used to seeing supercars, they don’t bother to turn a head for a run-of-the-mill Ferrari. However, they certainly do for the vehicle we rolled up in.

  • T-Handle Hex Wrench Test
    T-Handle Hex Wrench Test
    More Torque, More Comfort, but Which is the Best?
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    If you’re like us, you have a toolbox drawer full of loose hex keys that have no rhyme or reason. Over the years, you’ve collected hex keys from random tool kits at Christmas and just thrown them into the mix.

  • Turkey Drag 2012
    Turkey Drag 2012
    The 8th Annual Return of a Texan Tradition
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Ronnie Yeates II

    Held each year on the outskirts of Tyler, Texas, Turkey Drag has become a local tradition.

  • 2005 GMC Sierra - Getting Lucky
    2005 GMC Sierra - Getting Lucky
    Arizona-Based Painter Lucky Luciano’s Rolling Resume
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    The word "advertising" usually has a negative connotation, making us think of annoying commercials or pop-up ads online. However, advertising doesn’t always have to be a bad thing

  • 2011 Chevy Silverado - Project Blue Bomber: Part 5
    2011 Chevy Silverado - Project Blue Bomber: Part 5
    Adding Creature Comforts From LMC Truck
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    From the outset of the Blue Bomber project, our goal has been to create a precision-handling truck that we could run at the track on the weekends, while still enjoying comfortable driving during the week.

  • 2013 Wheel & Tire Guide
    2013 Wheel & Tire Guide
    The Latest And Greatest Rolling Stock For Trucks
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Courtesy of the Manufacturers

    The Latest And Greatest Rolling Stock For Trucks

  • Bartosz Janiszewski - Radical Renderings
    Bartosz Janiszewski - Radical Renderings
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Bartosz Janiszewski

    There’s no denying that Americans and Europeans often have different taste in cars. Here in the USA, we love big, brutal V-8 power and torque, while many Europeans prefer refinement and luxury over raw power.

  • Magic Show: Part 1 -  2010 Ford F-350
    Magic Show: Part 1 - 2010 Ford F-350
    Turning a Tow Pig Into a Prized Possession: Part 1
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    As you can see, there is nothing hidden under my sleeves.” That line may be a mainstay for magicians, but truck lovers don’t buy into the smoke and mirrors of marketing hyperbole and false promises.

  • MAXimum Exposure - Issue 6
    MAXimum Exposure - Issue 6
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    When you drive a custom truck as your daily driver, you become very aware of your surroundings. You also become aware of how dumb other drivers are.


  • Readers' Rides - Issue 5
    Readers' Rides - Issue 5
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Send in a front 3⁄4 or profile shot of your truck, and make sure it’s big enough. For a digital file, try to make it at least 1MB. Don’t use your cell phone!

  • Project Blue Bomber: Part 4 - 2011 Chevy Silverado
    Project Blue Bomber: Part 4 - 2011 Chevy Silverado
    Performance Binders from AP Racing
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy

    Our 2011 Silverado, dubbed Project Blue Bomber has been coming along nicely. We have dragged it across the country and back to show off some of its performance potential and still it asks for more. To say we are having a blast with it is a huge under...

  • Showfest 2013 - Coverage
    Showfest 2013 - Coverage
    Tripling the Size of Tunica, Mississippi Overnight
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    This year’s Showfest was even bigger and better than ever.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - Results
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - Results
    12 Trucks Compete In The Ultimate Truck Shootout
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd, Truckin Staff

    Twelve trucks took part in this year’s THROWDOWN at LS Fest, but after two days of intense competition, only one came out on top.

  • 2014 Chevy Silverado Launch Event
    2014 Chevy Silverado Launch Event
    Behind the Scenes Photos from Our First Drive
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Last week, we flew out to San Antonio, Texas to get our hands on Chevy’s all-new 2014 Silverado

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1970 Chevy C10
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1970 Chevy C10
    1st Place - Unstoppable
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd, Truckin Staff

    Although all of our competitors this year performed admirably, only one truck could take the gold, and it was no surprise to any of us when that truck ended up being Brad Coomer’s C10.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2000 Chevy Silverado
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2000 Chevy Silverado
    2nd Place - Comeback Kit
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd, Truckin Staff

    At last year’s THROWDOWN event, Kyle Feebeck became known as the quiet guy with a heavy right foot, and he returned this year to reinforce that reputation.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1936 GMC Low Cab
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1936 GMC Low Cab
    3rd Place - Rat Rocket
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd, Truckin Staff

    Earning points in every event except the quarter-mile drag, Rocky Rowland’s ’36 GMC surprised all of us.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1999 Chevy S-10
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1999 Chevy S-10
    4th Place - Hotshot
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd, Truckin Staff

    Another returning competitor from last year’s THROWDOWN, Jared Ochs proved yet again that he means business.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1949 Chevy 3100
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1949 Chevy 3100
    5th Place - Incognito
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd, Truckin Staff

    Upon seeing Jeff Schwartz’s teal ’49 Chevy for the first time, you’d probably think it’s nothing more than a beautiful restored classic truck.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1996 Chevy S10
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1996 Chevy S10
    6th - Up In Smoke
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    Ever feel like sometimes the universe is just out to get you? Returning THROWDOWN competitor Bill Alvis knows the feeling, after shredding his LS-powered S-10’s axle at last year’s event.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2011 Chevy Silverado
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2011 Chevy Silverado
    7th Place - Blue Bomber
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    We’re transforming this base-model 2011 Silverado into a daily-drivable performance truck, so what better place to test its limits than THROWDOWN?

  • 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 - Kaos
    2005 Dodge Ram 1500 - Kaos
    A Custom Ram With South Florida Flavor
    By Phil Gordon, Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Twenty-three-year-old Joe De Sousa has always had a knack for automotive customization.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2000 GMC Sierra
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2000 GMC Sierra
    8th Place - Junkyard Dog
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    Chris Volponi purposely built his truck with panels in nearly every factory GM color, earning it the nickname “the clown truck”.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1999 GMC Sierra
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1999 GMC Sierra
    9th Place - Breakneck
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    Another one of the three amigos from northern Kentucky, Matt Feltner joined his friends Chris Applegate and Kyle Feebeck in pushing their ’99-’02 GM trucks to the limit.


  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1965 Chevy C10
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1965 Chevy C10
    10th Place - Classically Trained
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    As much as we love new-body-style Chevy performance trucks, there’s something about racing classic C10s that harkens back to the golden age of muscle cars.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2001 GMC Sierra
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2001 GMC Sierra
    11th Place - Newcomer
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    We all love to ogle high-dollar purpose-built race machines, but there’s something equally appealing about a no-frills “run what you brung” approach.

  • Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2001 Chevy Silverado
    Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 2001 Chevy Silverado
    12th Place - Blackout
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    One of three friends from northern Kentucky that competed in the THROWDOWN, Chris Applegate showed that you don’t need a high-dollar custom truck or special training to hit the track and have fun.

  • New Products - Issue 5
    New Products - Issue 5
    By Patrick McCarthy

    A closer look into these newly available products for all of our hardcore truck enthusiasts.

  • Throwdown - Presented by Airaid at Holley LS Fest 2012
    Throwdown - Presented by Airaid at Holley LS Fest 2012
    Truckin's White-Knuckle Competition Returns to Bowling Green, Kentucky
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff, Henry De Kuyper, Tommy Lee Byrd

    Although we all enjoy walking around shows and checking out the coolest-looking trucks, there’s something undeniably awesome about seeing those same trucks start their engines and go head-to-head on the track.

  • Parting Shot - Good Trucks Gone Bad
    Parting Shot - Good Trucks Gone Bad
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Sometimes bad things happen to good trucks. It is always sad to see, but it happens. In the case of these two Nissan Hardbodies, they were in an unfortunate drunk driving accident.

  • West Coast Nationals 2013
    West Coast Nationals 2013
    Gettin’ Down and Dirty on the Banks of the Colorado River
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Friday, April 26th marks the beginning of West Coast Nationals, a show that packs the small town of Parker, Arizona with custom vehicles of every kind.


  • SEMA 2012: Truckin Takeover
    SEMA 2012: Truckin Takeover
    Storming Vegas with More Trucks Than Ever Before
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff

    One week each fall, the automotive aftermarket grinds to a halt and heads to Sin City for the world’s largest custom vehicle trade show: SEMA.


  • 2013 Truckin West Coast THROWDOWN
    2013 Truckin West Coast THROWDOWN
    Competitors Wanted for Our Ultimate Performance Truck Challenge
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Do you own a truck? Do you like to go fast? If you answered yes to both of those questions, Truckin needs you!

  • 2011 Ford F-350 Lariat - T-Mater
    2011 Ford F-350 Lariat - T-Mater
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    Jonathan’s colossal Super Duty is a perfect example of tough Texas style, thanks to his creative vision and the expertise of the team at Extreme Offroad.

  • Danger Zone 2013
    Danger Zone 2013
    The Biggest, Baddest, and Best Trucks of Central California
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    The Biggest, Baddest, and Best Trucks of Central California

  • Radical Renderings - Dwayne Vance
    Radical Renderings - Dwayne Vance
    By Patrick McCarthy, Dwayne Vance

    Dwayne Vance’s passion for design started at age three when, to his parents’ dismay, he started drawing pictures on his closet door.


  • DeWalt 14-inch Chop Saw - Tool of the Month
    DeWalt 14-inch Chop Saw - Tool of the Month
    Name Brand Tools Shipped Fast from Summit Racing
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Much like Scarface's Tony Montana wielding an M-16 and exclaiming, "Say hello to my little friend," you'll feel unstoppable when you need to cut metal with DeWalt's 14-inch chop saw.

  • Truckin Tough - Long-Nose Pliers Shootout
    Truckin Tough - Long-Nose Pliers Shootout
    Needle in a Haystack
    By Jacob Jackson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    To find out which pair of needle-nose pliers is best, we gathered up 12 different brands, all at least 8 inches in length, and got to work testing each one.

  • Best New Products of SEMA 2012
    Best New Products of SEMA 2012
    Best Tools of SEMA
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by The Manufacturers

    When it comes to checking out new automotive products, there's no better place to do so than the SEMA show.

  • Forbidden Fantasy 2013
    Forbidden Fantasy 2013
    16 Years and Running Strong
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    At the ripe old age of 16, Forbidden Fantasy is one of the last surviving shows in Southern California.


  • 1968 Ford Bronco - Wild Horse
    1968 Ford Bronco - Wild Horse
    This Big-Block Bronco was Purpose-Built for Speed
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Isaac Mion

    This Big-Block Bronco was Purpose-Built for Speed


  • New Products - Issue 3
    New Products - Issue 3
    New Stuff For Your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by The Manufacturers

    New Stuff For Your Truck



  • Flog Industries Ford F-150  - Bumper Install
    Flog Industries Ford F-150 - Bumper Install
    Our Ultimate Work Truck Prepares for a Beating With Flog Industries Bumpers
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Truckin Staff

    Our Ultimate Work Truck Prepares for a Beating With Flog Industries Bumpers

  • 1994 Ford F-150 Flareside - Diabolical
    1994 Ford F-150 Flareside - Diabolical
    This Sponsor-Less Truck Was Paid for on the Owner’s Dime
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    This Sponsor-Less Truck Was Paid for on the Owner’s Dime

  • 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD - Bruiser
    2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD - Bruiser
    This Black and Blue 2500HD is Packed With Detail
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Brad Stillwell

    For 29-year-old Jerrett Brewer of Luling, Texas, flipping through automotive magazines has always led to big dreams of custom vehicle projects.

  • 31st Annual 4Wheel Jamboree Nationals
    31st Annual 4Wheel Jamboree Nationals
    Taking Over Indy in All Things 4WD
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Harley Camilleri, Maxwell Matthewson, Patrick McCarthy

    Taking Over Indy in All Things 4WD

  • 2012 Ford F-150 - Street Smarts
    2012 Ford F-150 - Street Smarts
    Street Scene’s Clean F-150 is Ready to Cruise in Style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Maxwell Matthewson

    The build of this clean custom began with an ordinary black 2012 F-150 FX2, outfitted with the 5.0L Coyote V-8 and six-speed automatic.




  • Truckin Tough Certified Tools
    Truckin Tough Certified Tools
    The Best Torture-Tested Tools
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy

    The Best Torture-Tested Tools


  • New Products - Issue 2
    New Products - Issue 2
    New Stuff For Your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Airaid Cold-Air Intake, Trail Master Suspension, and more

  • Project Blue Bomber: Part 1, 2011 Chevy Silverado
    Project Blue Bomber: Part 1, 2011 Chevy Silverado
    Muscle Car Handling Thanks to Belltech Suspension
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Harley Camilleri, Patrick McCarthy

    We’re pleased to introduce our newest in-house project dubbed the Blue Bomber. A stripped-down work model 2011 Chevy Silverado, Blue Bomber certainly has some style and curb appeal as delivered fresh from the dealer’s showroom.

  • Safer Towing & Better Handling: Part 2
    Safer Towing & Better Handling: Part 2
    Further Improving Our F-150's Stability With Hellwig Sway bars
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson

    Further Improving Our F-150's Stability With Hellwig Sway bars

  • Best Gloves For Mechanics - Truckin Tough
    Best Gloves For Mechanics - Truckin Tough
    You Only Have Two Hands - Protect Them
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    It's only a matter of time when you're working on your truck. Whether you're trying to bust a stubborn bolt loose, forgetting how hot the radiator hose was, or grinding without gloves—you're going to hurt your hands.

  • Artwork: No Life Designs - Radical Renderings
    Artwork: No Life Designs - Radical Renderings
    By AJ Kemper, Patrick McCarthy

    Like many other kids, Antonio "AJ" Kemper loved to doodle and draw in elementary school, however, he never really took it seriously until high school rolled around.


  • New Products - Issue 1
    New Products - Issue 1
    New Stuff For Your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Pioneer FH-700BT Stereo, HRE TR40 Wheels, and more.


  • Scrapin The Coast 2012 - Custom Truck Show
    Scrapin The Coast 2012 - Custom Truck Show
    The Gulf Coast’s Premier Custom Show Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary in Style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the town of Biloxi was transformed when the arrival of Scrapin The Coast rolls into town.

  • 1981 Chevy El Camino SS - No Regrets
    1981 Chevy El Camino SS - No Regrets
    This First-Time Builder Began with an Unconventional Chevy, and Never Looked Back
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    We recently met one first-time builder that regrets nothing about his current project truck

  • 2001 Ford F-350 - In Memory of a Hero
    2001 Ford F-350 - In Memory of a Hero
    Commemorating a Brother’s Heroic Life and Tragic Death
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    When someone brings up the word "memorial," most people tend to envision a gray stone pillar in a deserted cemetery. However, Steven Walker of Albany, Oregon, had something drastically different in mind to honor the memory of his brother Ryan.

  • Busted Knuckles - 1980 Ford F-100
    Busted Knuckles - 1980 Ford F-100
    A Fusion of Vehicles Created this Blue Oval
    By Maxwell Matthewson
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Some of us have built a truck because we were bored and wanted something silly to drive around. Damien Spring did just that with the purchase of a 1980 Ford F-100.

  • Bully Dog Hemi Plus Gauge Tuner - Hemi Power Upgrades
    Bully Dog Hemi Plus Gauge Tuner - Hemi Power Upgrades
    Bully Dog’s GT Tuner is easy horsepower you can do!
    By Harley Camilleri
    , Photography by Courtesy of Bully Dog, Patrick McCarthy

    Computer controls on our trucks are a love-hate relationship for some, especially new Hemi truck owners who’s ECUs seemed to be programmed at Pentagon defense levels.

  • Best Mechanic Tool Set Under $200 - Truckin Tough
    Best Mechanic Tool Set Under $200 - Truckin Tough
    Get Started the Right Way
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Take a look at our rankings and prepare to change the way you look at the tool world as we review 5 of the best mechanic tool sets for under $200.

  • Milwaukee’s Sawzall M18 Cordless Lithium-Ion
    Milwaukee’s Sawzall M18 Cordless Lithium-Ion
    One Saw Does It All
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Out of the box, we were impressed with the Sawzall M18 kit, which included the Sawzall cordless reciprocating saw, one M18 XC high-capacity lithium-ion battery, one-hour charger, and general purpose Sawzall blade.

  • 1997 GMC Sierra - Sharp Sierra
    1997 GMC Sierra - Sharp Sierra
    This Refined GMC is the Definition of Clean
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    Travis began with the common '88-'98 GM platform, selecting a 1997 GMC Sierra extended cab as his blank canvas.

  • 2011 Ford F-350 - Black Mamba
    2011 Ford F-350 - Black Mamba
    Hulst Customs' Sleek Super Duty Bares its Fangs
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson

    In its natural environment, the Ford F-350 is a hard-working powerhouse. Whether it’s hauling a gargantuan trailer, oversized load of lumber, or six passengers, the F-350 is anything but delicate and subtle.

  • New Products - Issue 13
    New Products - Issue 13
    New Stuff for your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Courtesy of the Manufacturer, Patrick McCarthy

    SOG Escape folding knife, Centerline Big Foot HD Wheels, Zone Offroad 6-inch radius arm lift, and more!


  • Save Your Seats: Coverking Seat Covers
    Save Your Seats: Coverking Seat Covers
    Coverking protects our Ultimate Work Truck's seating in style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    When it came time to upgrade our interior, we turned to the guys at Coverking. They set us up with a full array of black fitted seat covers

  • 1948 Chevy Pickup - Deliverance
    1948 Chevy Pickup - Deliverance
    How One Man Rescued This 1948 Chevy From Katrina’s Wake
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    While removing fallen trees from a friend’s yard after Hurricane Katrina, Joe Damare came upon the shell of a rusty old 1948 Chevy pickup.


  • Magnetic Pickup Tool Test - Truckin Tough
    Magnetic Pickup Tool Test - Truckin Tough
    Within Reach
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    These handy-dandy tools range from simple extending metal tubes fitted with a magnet to more complicated swivel- and LED-light–equipped affairs.


  • Readers' Rides - Number 12
    Readers' Rides - Number 12
    Featured Trucks of Truckin' Readers
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Featuring a 1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning and a 1992 GMC Sierra

  • 2012 Ford SVT Raptor - Biffle Raptor
    2012 Ford SVT Raptor - Biffle Raptor
    Off-Roading in a 525HP Beast
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy

    As a successful NASCAR driver accustomed to turning left at 200 mph, Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle is no stranger to pushing the limits of speed, skill, and all-out performance.

  • Busted Knuckles - 2009 GMC Sierra
    Busted Knuckles - 2009 GMC Sierra
    Unstoppable
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Ronnie Yeates II

    Matt plans to complete the interior and apply a teal and black paint scheme to the body.

  • Homebrew High-Tech: Handbuilt Stereo System
    Homebrew High-Tech: Handbuilt Stereo System
    This ’79 El Camino Gets a Handbuilt Stereo in the Driveway
    By Patrick McCarthy, Joe Greeves
    , Photography by Joe Greeves

    The best custom stereos start with a blank canvas.


  • Ultimate Ford F150 Work Truck - Leveling The Playing Field
    Ultimate Ford F150 Work Truck - Leveling The Playing Field
    Our Ultimate F-150 Work Truck Gains a Few Inches
    By Dan Ward
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy

    During our buildup of the Ultimate F-150 Work Truck, we’ve shown you how to add contractor essentials, such as ladder rack, BedSlide, DeeZee toolbox, and heavy-duty parts from Harbor Freight, and this month we’re giving our 2012 F-150 even more capab...



  • Readers' Rides - Number 11
    Readers' Rides - Number 11
    Featured Trucks From Our Readers
    By Patrick McCarthy

    A pair of Chevy Silverados, a Dodge Ram, and a GMC Sierra.

  • 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - Slammed SVT
    2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning - Slammed SVT
    This Unconventional Lightning is the Perfect Blend of Speed and Style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Phil Gordon

    Brent Marks took his conventional 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning and not only focused on horsepower and performance, but he also laid it down to the ground and turned it into a perfect blend.

  • 2012 Throwdown West Coast Presented By Airaid
    2012 Throwdown West Coast Presented By Airaid
    West Coast Performance Truck Battle
    By Dan Ward, Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Camaro Performers Staff, Truckin Staff

    You can’t spell mayhem without may, and in the month of May, we officially had tire-screeching, engine melting, and sweaty-palm-inducing mayhem happening all around our multiple race tracks



  • New Products - Issue 11
    New Products - Issue 11
    New Stuff for your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy

    GM crate engine overdrive 4L60E transmission, Rancho Suspension, Eagle One cleaning products, and more!

  • Busted Knuckles - 1986 Chevy C10
    Busted Knuckles - 1986 Chevy C10
    Subtle Square Body
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Michael Townzen

    The 73'-87' GM square body is an often neglect project truck platform.



  • 1931 Ford Model A - Sucker Punch
    1931 Ford Model A - Sucker Punch
    Rusted, Rodded, and Ready to Run
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Maxwell Matthewson

    The Ford Model A was one of the most successful and iconic automobiles of all time

  • New Products - Issue 10
    New Products - Issue 10
    New Stuff for your Truck
    By Patrick McCarthy

    New toys for your trucks, including Edelbrock's E-Force Supercharger for your 2009-2011 GM, Be Cool raditor kits for LS-engines, and more!

  • Readers' Rides - Number 10
    Readers' Rides - Number 10
    Featured Trucks from our Readers!
    By Patrick McCarthy

    1970 Chevy C10, 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT, and more!


  • Rehabilitated: 1996 GMC 1500
    Rehabilitated: 1996 GMC 1500
    A Rolling Rehab Center for Hollywood’s Finest
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward, Harley Camilleri

    It was time for a total rebuild, and Hubert knew just where to start - with the paint

  • Sittin' Pretti Summer Slam 2012 - Web Exclusive
    Sittin' Pretti Summer Slam 2012 - Web Exclusive
    19 Years of Getting Down and Dirty in the Pacific Northwest
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    Drawing visitors from all over the western U.S. since its inception in 1993

  • Texas Heat Wave 2012 - Web Exclusive
    Texas Heat Wave 2012 - Web Exclusive
    22 Years Strong, One of the Nation’s Finest Shows Returns to Austin
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Maxwell Matthewson, Ronnie Yeates II

    22 Years Strong, One of the Nation’s Finest Shows Returns to Austin


  • THROWDOWN Autocross Challenge - September 2012
    THROWDOWN Autocross Challenge - September 2012
    Truckin Competition Comes to Indianapolis
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Come kill some cones and hang out with the Truckin team in September in Indianapolis at the 4Wheel Jamboree as we hold the THROWDOWN Autocross Challenge.

  • Scrapin' the Coast 2012 - Web Exclusive
    Scrapin' the Coast 2012 - Web Exclusive
    The Gulf Coast’s Premier Custom Show Celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Style
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Patrick McCarthy

    The Gulf Coast’s Premier Custom Show Celebrates its 10th Anniversary in Style

  • Resurrected: 1960 Chevy El Camino
    Resurrected: 1960 Chevy El Camino
    Garage-Builder Dale Dapson Brought this '60 El Camino Back From the Dead
    By Patrick McCarthy

    Garage-Builder Dale Dapson Brought this '60 El Camino Back From the Dead

  • Cruise to the Pines 2012 - Web Exclusive
    Cruise to the Pines 2012 - Web Exclusive
    Perfect Poise’s Annual Cruise from Arizona’s Desert to its Northern Pines
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Bill Montgomery

    Perfect Poise’s Annual Cruise from Arizona’s Desert to its Northern Pines

  • 2012 Ford F-250 - Monstrosity
    2012 Ford F-250 - Monstrosity
    Tim Nicolau’s Gargantuan Super Duty Stands Above the Rest
    By Patrick McCarthy
    , Photography by Dan Ward

    Each year prior to the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Ford forms partnerships with a select few builders, giving them a brand-new vehicle to modify and display in Ford’s booth.

  • Relaxin' In SoCal 2012 - Custom Truck Show - Web Exclusive
    Relaxin' In SoCal 2012 - Custom Truck Show - Web Exclusive
    Cool Breeze, Laid-Back Atmosphere, and Southern California's Finest Rides
    By Patrick McCarthy

    At Alpine’s North American headquarters, in sunny Torrance, California, Relaxed Atmosphere hosts one of the region’s biggest custom car and truck shows.