Same Old, Tired Tune
’Bagged trucks are lame; just call the thing a useless car. A truck is a working machine, mud-slinging, farm equipment and doesn’t have three inches of clearance from the ground. All you ground-draggin’, saggy-pants-wearin’ wannabes need to grow up. Go work in the oilfields, construction, or farming and you will learn what a real truck is. I hate yuppie city slickers.
Brian Kellner
Peers, Alberta, Canada

Brian,
If we had a nickel for every time we heard this argument, we’d be rich. However, the ’bagged Ram dualie seen here is just one of many examples that say otherwise. Air suspension is good for a lot more than show vehicles, since it allows the driver to adjust ride height to best suit whatever job he’s doing. Need to load some lumber into the bed? Flip a switch, and your bed is at the perfect height. Driving on a rough road and need some extra clearance? Hit that switch. You get the picture. Then again, we could probably sing the praises of ’bagged trucks until we’re blue in the face, and some people will continue to hate. That kind of closed-mindedness is, frankly, just sad.


Hey Truckin,
I just spent the last few hours looking at all your photos online. All the lifted trucks are amazing! How did you even get started doing what you guys do? Working with awesome trucks, building them, and so on?
Cody Miller
Gilchrist, Oregon

Cody,
Here are responses from each of our staff:

After graduating with a degree in journalism and photography, I sent my resume to the managing editor of Truckin, and after several back-and-forth email and phone conversations, I flew to California for a face-to-face interview. Four weeks later, I packed up everything I owned in Georgia and drove across the country. That was 11 years ago, and I’ve been living the dream ever since. My advice: Don’t ever give up on your dreams. -- Dan Ward, Editor-in-Chief

I was always into trucks and photography, so when I got out of college and found out there was a position at Truckin magazine, I got in touch with the editor. After a phone interview and a formal in-person interview, I found myself as the associate editor. That was three years ago and the rest is history. -- Maxwell Matthewson, Feature Editor

I studied graphic design in college and spent my spare time doing automotive photography as a hobby. After graduating in 2010, a friend introduced me to Editor-in-Chief Dan Ward, and after interviewing and submitting some sample work, I eventually got hired at Truckin. That’s how I officially became the magazine’s “New Guy.” -- Patrick McCarthy, Associate Editor


Facebook

If your pockets are deep enough, a fully decked-out F-350 Platinum 6.7L 4WD will run you over $73,000. We asked our Facebook followers if that’s too much money for a truck. Here are some of the responses:

Shane New: Why would anyone pay more for a vehicle than what they paid for their house? Ford, Chevy, GMC, and Dodge are all nice trucks, but too highly priced.

Tyler Haselhorst: When is it gonna stop? A guy can buy a pretty decent semi for that price.

Charles Carreon:That’s what trucks cost! It’s worth every penny when I need it.

Daniel Esquibel: I’d rather buy a cheaper truck and throw a bunch of aftermarket parts on it. I’d probably still have a lot of money left, and it would look way better than that truck!

David Michel: That truck is sick…but, to quote Happy Gilmore, “The price is wrong, Bob!”


A reader recently sent us this photo of an ’07 Silverado with a ’74 C10 Stepside bed on it. It’s certainly something you don’t see every day. What do you think of this combination of old and new? Send us an email at editorsinbox@truckin.comand tell us your thoughts.


Dear Truckin,

I’ve been reading your mag for years, ever since my dad had his ’94 Chevy Crew Cab dualie featured. You guys have awesome tech sections. I have a ’70 Chevy C10 I am restoring, and I plan on an LS engine swap. I’m curious if you guys know of a way to hide the coil packs, or if anybody makes anything to do so? Looking forward to hearing some input on this. Thanks!
Andy Stice
Bakersfield, California

Andy,

Those factory GM coil packs are certainly ugly and can ruin the look of an otherwise tidy engine bay. For our own Project Novakane, we used Moroso cut-to-fit plug wires and a custom-fabricated bracket to hide the coil packs underneath the wiper cowl, so that’s one option to consider. If you don’t have fabrication experience, you can get bolt-on coil pack relocation kits from companies like Moroso or Proform for car LS engines. However, off-the-shelf kits may require modification to fit the coils from a truck engine if you use one, since they’re designed for car coils. Holley also sells coil covers that look like big-block Chevy valve covers, so that could be cool.
Good luck!


Hey Truckin,

I was wondering if I could get some help finding out about this hood for ’88-’98-style GM trucks. It looks like an ’07-’13 HD hood but fits the older body style. Is this a custom thing or are there any companies actually selling this?
Kaleb Burnett

Kaleb,

That definitely does look like an ’07-’13 HD hood, so we did some digging online, and it turns out that’s exactly what it is. The truck in question is part of SA Trucks, a Southern California–based truck club, and the owner had a shop customize an HD hood to fit his ’88-’98. Unfortunately, there’s no off-the-shelf hood that’s going to look like this, but if you find a good fabricator, they can build you one. To see more photos of the truck, look up 1sik_obs_sa_trucks on Instagram.


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