I photographed the truck and it was sold before the story went to print. The new owner had the gall to tell me that his name should be in the article and to leave the old owner out of the story. Now, most of the time we are at the mercy of the information provided to us and it's not always accurate, leaving us to play detective, figuring out who built what and when. This time I knew the full story of the truck and yet, this guy wanted me to lie in print and say that he did all of the work.

In most cases I don't give a damn if the truck I'm writing about was bought and paid for by someone who didn't turn a single wrench on it. That is unless the dude is gonna outright lie about it and tell the world he's responsible for the work involved in making it beautiful. Very few people can build a truck from scratch into something amazing, and they are forced to farm out the work. There's nothing wrong with that. It's a necessary aspect of this hobby. If the only guys who got to own cool trucks were the fabricators that built them then there'd be very few people cruising the earth. So I've got nothing against anyone who pays to have good work done to their ride, and I've got nothing against anyone who purchases a finished ride and takes it to a show as long as they respect the person who built it by not trying to take credit for the work.

I do believe that when you aren't directly involved in the decision-making process of a project build that you're totally depriving yourself of the best part of the experience of owning a custom truck. It's tough to really appreciate a great looking truck once it's finished unless you've spent weeks combing through internet websites staring at wheels, spent days with a tape measure stuffed inside of the wheelwells of your ride while you agonize over choosing just the right backspacing for maximum tuck and maximum dish, and drawn rendering after rendering of your perfect paint design even when you have no artistic ability whatsoever. When the truck is done and if you pulled off the look you were after, the sense of pride you'll feel is way more tangible to you than it is for the guy who buys your truck because he likes the way it looks.

Buying is always easier than building. That's a fact. However, I don't believe we should all be so hung up on the built-vs-bought debate when there are so many better topics out there to argue over. Why don't we BS about the guy who puts hot rod-style pinstriping on a contemporary truck and instead of running the right old-skool steel wheels, he stuffs 'bags 'n big billets on it? If there is a more retarded look out there, I don't know what it is. Talk about clashing styles. Feel free to email me your point of view and I'll argue with ya about this one. See ya next month.