By now you have either purchased this copy or received it in the mail and couldn't possibly have missed the main cover blurb regarding our "101 Garage Tips." When the editorial staff of Truckin' conceived of this story idea it was because of their own experience in numerous areas of their expertise. You see, the additional blurb about saving money, time, and knuckles comes from our real-world experiences. Each and every one of us has spent more than their fair share of time tuning, turning, and wrenching on our own vehicles. Also, each and every one of us is very similar to probably 90 percent of our readers out there. We have to perform the work you see in these pages just as most of you do as well. So when we offer you suggestions and ideas based upon our own experiences, please use them well.
Some of these ideas will cost you nothing, some will cost a couple of bucks, and some may cost several hundred, but in the long run, your next project will become that much easier thanks to what you will have read in the "World's Leading Truck Publication." While each and every one of us would love to own, drive, and build what we routinely feature in the magazine or on the cover, we also have other issues to handle such as bills, rent, kids, and more bills. So what you will learn from our homegrown garage tips will enable you to reach for the dreams we present every month.
Maybe you will never be able to afford to run 26-inch wheels on your ride, or maybe you won't lift your truck 14 inches up in the air and run 40-inch tires, but there is always the intermediate, the simple 22-inch wheels and tires that can be purchased relatively cheaply (for under $2K in many instances if you shop around). The point is, we always have offered something within these pages for everyone. It is the truly custom market that drives the more affordable bolt-on crowd, something most of the staff and myself fall into. Take for instance our Senior Technical Editor, Bob Ryder, capturing on film probably the single most amazing Willys pickup to have ever been built. Not only do we highlight this exceptional truck with numerous pages on the feature itself, but there is also an in-depth look at how this truck actually came together. While professionals performed most of the work, there is still a ton of information to be learned that could apply to your next truck project.
Also within this issue, we highlight the top 10 trucks to have appeared within our pages in the last year. Take a moment to look at the best of the best for 2006. Trust me, there were literally hundreds of trucks and features we had to choose from, and it really came down to lots of arm wrestling among the guys and several screaming matches with whoever had the best argument and stood with their convictions as to why so-and-so's truck needed to make the list. I think you will agree with most of our choices.
Also, please take the time to drop us a line or participate in our new discussion forums at www.truckinweb.com. Our web guys have been burning the midnight oil to rework our truck site for you, the reader, so that you have more participation with us on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis other than just purchasing the magazine. Also, be sure to visit the site often, as there may be some other great features or offers that will soon appear. So, as we close out 2006, thank you for being a reader of what we know to be true. Truckin' magazine is the "World's Leading Truck Publication" and all others are followers and believers of our product. Otherwise, why would they continually attempt to knock us off of our throne of being the world's #1 most bought automotive newsstand publication? Peace....