First off, great mag! I love the new layout and design. I have a question about the 6.0L LS build that was in the December 2012 issue. I have a 6.0L engine in my 2004 Silverado SS. Do you really think I could make 500 horsepower by tearing it apart and rebuilding it with some new parts? I am not doubting you guys, I am just curious as to if that is possible.
First off, thanks for the compliments. As for your question, we at Truckin feel that a no frills approach is best. So when we say that we got 500 horsepower, we mean it. We aren’t like other magazines out there that throw a bunch of smoke and mirrors at the readers and expect them to believe it just because it is in print. You can easily make 500 horsepower with your 6.0L by a simple cam swap, head work, and new ECU tune. You could also slap on a supercharger and transform your truck into 600+ hp. The LS engines are extremely reliable, parts are plentiful, and they love being built. Thanks for the question.
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Performance accessories: 31.4%
Lowering kit: 23.7%
Wheels and tires: 22.2%
Lift kit: 15.8%
I am new to the custom truck scene, I recently crossed over from lowriders. I have recently purchased a 1971 C10 longbed. The plan is to switch out the longbed for a short bed and lay the truck out on 24-inch wheels. The question I have is; is there any information that I can get that goes into detail on the dimensions of fabricating a full frame or maybe C-Notch and body drop? I have fabricating experience from lowriders on reinforcing frames to custom hydraulic setups.
You picked a great truck! Longbed C10s are cheap and easy to come by because the shortbed is so sought after. If you want to do it yourself, our advice would be to get the bed off of a shortbed truck and figure out how much needs to be cut from the frame. Then, use the stock frame as the base for a frame that is body dropped with a C-notch in it. That way you know the geometry is right and everything will fit back up.
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Issue 4 on sale February 5th
A truck that you don’t see very often is the ’61 to ’63 Ford F-100 Unibody. This unique specimen was spotted at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas. With a fully shaved body, a 4.6L DOHC engine stroked to 5.0L, and carbon-fiber bed floor and wheeltubs, this truck is not to be missed. Be sure to check it out in Issue 4, on sale the 5th of February.