Mike, I just wanted to let you know that the "On the Floor" column from the April '08 issue had me on the floor laughing as I read about some of your vehicles. I'm stuck here in Iraq dreaming about getting a new truck when I get home, and I haven't laughed like that in a while, mostly because it reminded me of the things I did and regretted like you. I love the Taco' though. I saw it in Mini Truckin' magazine, and it inspired me to do the same to my '96 Ranger when I was just a punk-ass 17-year-old.
I sold my last mini-truck before my first deployment to Afghanistan and now I miss having one. I can't wait to get home and get a new truck like your orange C10. What a sweet ride.
Anyways, thanks for the great rag. I've just recently discovered it and love it, especially the tech articles like "Back to Basics," "Restore That Bucket," and "Links Without Kinks." They are all well-written and easily understandable. Keep up the good work. I'll buy the magazine off the newsstand for now, but when I get home I'm subscribing.
Sgt. Bobby Draughon
HHC 504 PIR TAC
Thanks so much for the e-mail, Bobby. I appreciate any feedback I can get-good or bad-about Sport Truck. We love putting this mag out each month and are glad you're enjoying it. Thanks for everything you and men and women like yourself are doing for our country. I'm hoping the war won't last much longer and that you'll be able to get home soon and start wrenchin' on that next great project. -Mike
I own a '98 S-10 Fleetside regular cab. I have seen a ton of the Trailblazer front-end conversions, and I have to say it's not bad. But I want to go a step further. I know the fullsize-truck crowd has an option to convert to an Escalade front end. What about a Cadillac SRX to an S-10 front-end conversion? Would that front end convert over with minimal cutting and fabbing? Without actually running to a dealer and taking a bunch of measurements and going for the gusto, what do you think about it?
It won't be easy, but it might look really cool. The SRX has a front track width of 61.9 inches compared to the 54.48 track width of your S-10. This measurement tells us that the body of the SRX is much wider than the S-10. So aside from blending the body lines of the two fenders and doors together, you'll still have to section the hood, grille, front bumper, and valance to get the proportions right. And, you'll be building a new front core support to mount everything and also figuring a way to make the windshield cowl of the SRX work. Not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but real custom trucks are never an easy build.
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