The anticipation of an upcoming show season brings new ideas, looks, and styles that will lead to the next hot custom truck trend. It seems during every off-season, enthusiasts are busy beginning new projects or finishing ones that were started during the past show season. All of us are waiting to see what might be the new surprise for 2011.

One thing about early-model trucks is that they have provided us with a history of mechanical technology and styling that has led them through an evolution period contributing to the development of today's late-models. From fat, round fenders, flat windshields, flathead engines, generators, points and condenser ignitions, three on the tree, manual transmissions, wooden bed floors, and chained tailgates. To straight axles, dropped axles, independent front suspension with IFS Chrysler Volare, Camaro, and Mustang II front clips. Stock rear trailing arm suspension, flipped rearend housings that deliver a 5- to 6-inch drop, or a four-link, with a Panhard bar or Watt's link. The introduction of pneumatic bags has allowed us to layout the framerails or body rockers on the ground. We have seen standard drum brakes evolve to safer front and rear power disc brakes with antilocking braking systems. The engine/transmission performance has also entered the computer age, with engine fuel delivery systems, throttle, adjustable timing, and transmission shift points. Interiors that were covered in old-school tuck 'n' roll, diamond, and biscuit tuck, or even colorful Mexican blankets, have become more current using late-model seats, and center consoles.

The internet and today's performance aftermarket industry has made all aspects of building a neustalgic early-model custom truck more builder friendly.

What will be the next hot custom truck trend that will lead us into the 2011 show season?