It’s not too often a 16-hour workday would be described as fun, but yesterday was. At the time of press, SEMA is less than five days away, and we have to leave for the show in 32 hours. As a magazine, we’re responsible for five custom builds, and are working with owners and shops for 37 more. Two of our own trucks are still at paint and body, one is missing a busted wheel, one is on its way back to Phoenix for some minor tweaks, and one, thankfully, is done. So how is it we could work for 16 straight hours and still have fun doing it? Easy, it’s the guys I get to work with.

Right outside of my office door, we have an incredible 7,500-square-foot shop with four lifts, Snap-On tools, and all best of all, clean floors, good lights, and air conditioning. With all five trucks coming in and out of the shop for installs, the days fly by and parts get slapped on quickly. Yesterday, however, was one of those days where everything just clicked. Max, Harley, New Guy, and I had a blast all day getting our new Silverado project truck, Blue Bomber ready for SEMA by installing AP Racing/Stillen big brakes, swapping in the narrowed 10-bolt rearend, adding painted body parts, replacing the steering wheel and gauge cluster, and bolting on new lights. We then installed a Bully Dog GT tuner to our ultimate F-150 work truck. All of this was going on while still beating our article turn-in deadline, getting the new cover approved, and finalizing the details of our SEMA display. The old adage of “You’re lucky if you work where you play” has never been truer when you get to spin wrenches with an awesome team of guys and transform five different trucks. The journey really is greater than the destination.