3. According to the Standard catalog of Light-Duty Trucks, the '59 El Camino is not a car nor is it a pickup. It's referred to as a sedan-pickup, because it combines the front sheetmetal of a car and the cargo box of a truck
4. Ford introduced a panel truck body, based on a truck platform until 1961. It was replaced with the Econoline pickup that was produced until 1967.
5. Kevin finally got his truck painted. He can stop riding his bike to work now, unless he's afraid of chipping that fresh paintjob. Life is rough when your daily driver is flamed and laid out on dubs.
6. In 1967, Chevy built a whopping 43,910 Fleetside shortbed C10 pickups, and if it weren't for most of them being used as landscaping, construction, or farm vehicles, the price of a clean one wouldn't be so ridiculous.
7. It is entirely possible to lay frame on a Chevy S-10 with 20-inch wheels and keep your air conditioning, if those wheels are 8-1/2 inches wide with 5 inches of backspacing-oh, and if you creatively modify the A/C blower motor on the passenger-side firewall.
8. Beverly Shears are great sheetmetal cutting tools that mount to a table top. The manually operated shear easily slices through 16- to 22-gauge sheetmetal by simply inserting the metal into the shear and then pulling down on the vertically mounted handle.
9. Cumulatively, the staff spent approximately two weeks hanging out in custom and body shops, photographing the tech stories for this body mod-themed issue.
10. Were it not for chicken wings and donuts, we'd be too tired to finish the job.
Bigfoot Takes It Back To Old-School With FirestoneBigfoot has ditched its current paint scheme for the old-school blue and a new addition, the Firestone shield emblem, in a move that takes the Ford monster truck back to its roots.
In addition to the well-known Firestone shield, the new look also combines the classic Bigfoot blue and the traditional Firestone red, as well as the Tiresafety.com logo. Tiresafety.com is an informative website, created by Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire (BFNT) to make tire and automotive safety information easily accessible to motorists via the internet.
"This new paint scheme is a fantastic way to solidify the bond between Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire and Bigfoot. The return to the traditional Bigfoot blue and incorporating the Firestone shield is a fresh spin on a classic theme," says BFNT Brand Marketing Sponsorship/events Manager John Robinson.
Since 1991, Team Bigfoot has been using Firestone tires exclusively on its fleet of monster trucks. "The Firestone shield denotes 100-plus years of quality and value in the tire business," says Jim kramer, vice president of operations for Bigfoot 4x4 incorporated. "We are proud to display it on the new Firestone Bigfoot truck."
In addition to running on Firestone brand tires since 1991, Team Bigfoot has used Firestone-themed monster truck bodies, starting with the introduction of the Firestone Wilderness Bigfoot truck in 1997.
Aside from the Firestone Bigfoot race vehicle, Bigfoot also maintains a dedicated Firestone Bigfoot display truck that visits Firestone's retail stores and dealers throughout the year to promote the Bigfoot/Firestone relationship. In 2006 alone, the Bigfoot fleet displayed 378 times at various Firestone retail locations.
Bigfoot 4x4 was founded by Bob chandler, who created the first monster truck, christening it "Bigfoot" in the mid-1970s. Through the years, it has remained perhaps the best-known of all the monster trucks.