Like most truck fans, jonathan rascoe of spring, texas, is very devoted to the sport. He is so hardcore that he proposed to his girlfriend, april, in the feature of his '03 ford supercrew that ran in our oct. '06 issue. The proposal worked by catching her totally off guard and making for a more meaningful story for the two of them. In case you were wondering, she said yes, and by the time this goes to print, they will have been married.
Besides all of the mushy romantic stuff, we featured Rascoe's truck because it was well done with a clean two-tone paintjob and sat nicely over a set of 22s. After driving the truck consistently, Rascoe realized he made some poor technical choices on the truck's suspension and decided to revamp everything. The truck was recently dropped off at Ekstensive Metalworks to get the chassis set up for a set of 22- and 24-inch Billet Accessories Direct Deuce-style wheels. From there, it will be taken to Kustom Werx Autobody to get fully shaved and repainted. It's going to be a big overhaul, but Rascoe plans on having it all ready by the next show season.
10 Mostly Worthless Facts1.The '07 Ford F-450 boasts a maximum payload capacity of 6,000 pounds and a 24,000-pound maximum towing capacity.
2.Elvis' house is exactly 2,003.2 miles from our office.
3.Ford Truck has been partners with the American Quarter Horse Association since 2002.
4.The '93 Chevy 454SS pickups had 10 different general recall items and 210 different service-related bulletins, pertaining to everything from non-heat-treated crankshaft sprockets to door-lock cylinders that froze up during winter.
5.The easiest way to identify a Chevy Vortec small-block cylinder head is by the sawtooth pattern cast into the front. Look for casting number 12558062, but avoid casting number 10239906, which has a modified exhaust seat and loses 20 percent of its flow at 0.120-inch lift.
7.The '07 Toyota Tundra will accept 35-inch tires with nothing more than aftermarket front coilovers and new upper control arms. You can find both at Donahoeracing.com and Totalchaos.com.
6.The International Harvester Company was an agricultural firm that formed in 1902. Originally a manufacturer of high-quality specialty farming wagons, the company eventually produced its first water-cooled, front engine truck in 1915. The company is best known for its IHC Scout-model sport utility vehicle that is popular among off-roaders.
8.Zip ties make excellent spark-plug wire separators.
9.Inventory of Calin's wallet right now: One dollar bill, 10 random business cards, a coupon for Invisaline braces that he doesn't even need, a company insurance card for vehicles he never drives, a Circuit City receipt for a 27-inch TV that he's been debating returning for so long that the receipt is no longer legible, and-oh wait, he found a Benjamin stashed behind the three stamps he has, because he still uses snail mail.
10.Asparagus makes your urine smell funny.
Say What?The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is: Calin: A GMC Syclone, and here is why. The staff of Sport Truck tested the Syclone back in October of 1990 and obtained 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 13.08 seconds at 100.44 mph. Those are stock numbers, people. Imagine what it could do with a little tweaking. Plus, I really like the fact that these were limited-production vehicles, so the value should stay pretty high.
Mike: If I were a rich man, I'd have a '37 or '38 Hudson Terraplane. I love the lines of these old trucks, and although they are hard to find, I'd have no qualms about laying it flat on the pavement.
Kevin: There are only a few styles of trucks I don't like, but my favorite would be the '62-'63 Chevrolet 1/2-ton with its wrap-around windshield. The body lines on those trucks are bold, and I love them because they scream out the vintage style. My dream is to build a shortbed version of this truck and have it sit down on a nice set of billet wheels. I am a bit undecided on whether I would have it in single-color bright red or a light blue, but I know it would be complete with the original trim. Additional custom stuff would include a grip of trick body mods and a newer LS motor planted under the hood.
Galen: You know I have thought about this for a few days, and I still don't know. I don't think I can narrow it down to just one truck. There are things that I like about each brand of truck. So, to answer the question, it would be none. I think that the mini-trucker would come out of me, and I would find a way to incorporate what I like into one truck. Oh, wait a second; that is what I have been doing for the last 15 years. I would just be able to do it a lot faster than in the past.
Andy: As much as I love my Dakota, I'd say I would buy two brand-new Chevy Silverados, one with the new body style and one with the so-called "Classic" body style. While I really like the new look of the redesigned Silverado, I kind of lean toward the cool cat-eye look of the classic. That said, I would pull the interior out of the new one and put it in the old one. That way, I could have all the cool new looks of the new interior in the bad-as-hell exterior of the old truck. Then, I would drop it down a few inches, toss on some rims, a grandma-hatin' sound system, and hit the road. I think I'd also make it run on banana peels and old beer since gas prices these days suck.