That Girl
I was writing about the latest pinup in Sport Truck magazine. It looks like Natalie from the Discovery Channel show The Kustomizer. I just watched the first episode where they build the monster hearse and the helicopter RV bike hauler. I could be wrong, but it looks like her.
Aaron from Self Metal Tattoos
Custom Paint & Body

We have also seen the new builder show, The Kustomizer, with a guy called Big Daddy or something like that. It's great that TV has brought the reality of custom fabrication and design to the couch potatoes across the nation. Although we have seen about enough screaming garage drama to choke a horse-we get enough of that at home. It is nice to be able to hold a conversation concerning our passion with most any garage drama couch potato. The term's welding, plasma cutter, and general fabrication have become living room fodder. We don't mean to hate, but all the Reality programming has overrun TV with so much real drama it's hard to watch another minute of whiner vision. The only unfortunate part of all these builder programs is the magic of TV makes it look like it only took two guys 14 hours to completely design and build a kick-ass custom. The truth is, even Foose can't do that, and if he could, it most certainly wouldn't come with a cheaper price tag. The second best part of The Kustomizer show is the hot babe you mentioned, Natalie Green. How cool is that? The girl we digitally captured at West Coast All Truck Nationals on April 10, 2005, is the girl on a builder TV program. We only say she's second best because the best thing is that she knows more about customizing and designing than the screaming guy that hosts the program she's on.

'85 Chevy Drop Arms
Hey y'all. Avid reader here, and I work on my truck whenever I can-unless it's complicated, then you just have to call in the pros. Anyway, I have an '85 Chevy Custom Deluxe SWB and am planning on dropping it using custom A-arms. I'm not thinking any dramatic drop, since this beast is my daily driver-maybe like 3/4, because I do go over curbs occasionally. How many inches of chrome and rubber can I stuff under there without body mods? Or with minimal mods? What kind of clearance problems might I encounter if I go big blingin'? Thanks a lot guys and keep up the good work.
Barbara Biggers

The Only Drop Suspension That Includes A-arms for an early Chevy truck comes from Air Ride Technologies. This kit fits the '71-'87 Chevrolet C10 and uses Air Ride's StrongArm A-arms. But, it's not the arms that drop the truck; it's the Cool-Ride air spring (airbag). It drops the truck 3 inches at ride height, and with all the air deflated from the 'bags, the truck will drop an additional 3 inches. As far as rolling stock, it's really hard to tell you what you should go buy. With that in mind, it would be better to tell you how to check the tire fitment for yourself. With the truck sitting level, measure the distance from center axle to the top of the fender wheel opening. Put the truck on jackstands and remove the tire shock and spring. Take a floor jack and jack up the axle 3 inches further than the stock ride height you previously measured. Measure from the center axle to the top of the wheelwell opening and multiply times two to figure what total diameter would fit.

Take a nail, a string, a pencil, and a piece of 1/2-inch plywood and make a template of the tire diameter. Hammer the nail in the center of the plywood, tie a loop at the end of the string, and hook it around the nail. Then, wrap the string around the pencil a few times, so it holds the pencil at the desired diameter, then draw a circle to form the tire diameter. Now take a piece of paper and rub it on the old rim to transpose the hub and bolt pattern to the paper. Lay it over your plywood, so the hub circle is centered over your nail mark, and mark the hub and rim bolt pattern to the plywood with a center punch and pencil. Cut out the rim diameter, hub diameter, and drill out the bolt holes. Bolt the plywood template to the axle, and jack up the axle 3 more inches, to ensure that diameter will tuck under the fenderwell. If it doesn't fit, reduce the diameter and try again till it will fit. After you figure what diameter will fit, then measure how wide the clearance is to figure tire width and offset needed to fit the truck.