We've noticed over the years that many of the older classic custom truck enthusiasts are bolting on new, high-tech aftermarket components. The most noticeable has been wheels. We know wheel and tire combos and the truck's stance contribute more to a custom truck than anything else. It took some time, though, for the mature crowd to adopt the bigger-is-better theory. We feel there is a limit on early-model trucks: 20s. With any bigger wheel/tire combos, you're crossing over into the DUBIN' scene.
Under the hood we discover all kinds of highly polished billet engine valve covers, air cleaners, pulleys and bracketry.
For years the interior was left untouched. But now the interiors have been seasoned with billet aluminum dash, door panels, and pedal kits.
Achieving the correct stance is another major factor to the custom truck equation. Before, to lower your truck it was a 2-inch drop spindle and shorter coil spring up front. The rear was lowered by simply unbolting the rear end and relocating it atop the leaf springs, giving you a cool, 4- to 6-inch drop. Straight-axle front ends were swapped out for all kinds of independent front clips from the Camaro, Firebird, second-generation Nova, Vega, Corvair, Thunderbird, Volare, Versailles, and the still-popular Mustang II.
These "static drops" are still cool, but the introduction and improvements to pneumatic suspension systems have made the greatest impact since the CNC machine. Known as air bags, air-shocks, or air-springs, giving the ability to adjust the ride height with the press of a button instead of a wrench has significantly changed the look of custom rodding! They've taken custom suspension to the next level with the capability of layin' frame or rocker.
There has been some lag-time of acceptance among the older classic custom crusty's. Change sometimes takes time. Every generation contributes its own innovations and ideas, creating the nostalgia trend. One thing about custom car/truck rodders: both young and old alike, they tend to be open minded.
The older we get, the tighter our grip on our youthful glory-days.Remember: "Old Guys Rule."