4 According to Strangefacts.com, it's illegal to look at a moose from an airplane in Alaska.
5 Women aren't allowed to legally drive a car in California while wearing a housecoat. Do people in California even wear housecoats? It's so freakin' hot here.
6 In 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an honorary member of The Harlem Globetrotters. Who knew that guy had so much game?
7 More than 123,000,000 cars and trucks are on the road today. We hope the lights stay green.
8 We like the cars, the cars that go boom!
9 Editor Mike Finnegan ended up selling his dualie, rather than trading it for another truck. The cash was just too sexy.
10 It's illegal to cross the border of Minnesota with a duck on your head.
The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is:
Kevin: For me, it is all about a simple five-spoke deep-dish billet wheel. There is nothing cleaner than the shine off of a polished aluminum surface. Since these wheels are custom-made, you can order them in specific sizes and backspacing for that exact fit. The shine off of a chrome wheel is too harsh in my opinion, and 90 percent of the designs I don't like. Chrome is way easy to clean, and billet takes some polishing, but it's a small price to pay to run such good-looking wheels. So, quit your whining.
Calin: I'd have to say billet, and here is why. It's not because I like constantly polishing wheels or having black fingernails. It's because some of the best-looking wheel designs out there are made out of billet. So, even though I like the idea of easy-to-maintain chrome, I have to have cool wheels.
Happy Birthday Sport Truck!
The year 2008 marks the official 20th anniversary of Sport Truck magazine. While the actual first issue of Sport Truck wasn't published until November of 1988, we decided that since it's such a cool milestone in truck history we're going to celebrate all year long, starting with this January issue-that and our 20th anniversary logo is so cool it would be a shame to use it for only two months. So, bust out your tuxedo T-shirt, put on your party hats, and ice down the beer-it's party time.
Sport Truck Slang Term O' The Month#9,842: phantom (fa?n'tm) n. A term coined in the late-'80s by Boyd Coddington to describe a wide-fender fullsize Chevy he'd built that looked like a dualie, but instead of having dual rear wheels, it had a wider, single wheel on each rear axle. The truck was called a "phantom" dualie because it wasn't really a dualie. Later on, the term was also applied to billet grilles that covered up the headlights on '88-'98 Chevy trucks. It also refers to an ugly dude who hung out in the rafters of an opera house.
Mike: I'm a lazy bastard when it comes to detailing, because I have little time for it. I dig the look of polished billet aluminum wheels, but I hate polishing, so lately I've been powdercoating my wheels when possible. I'm not a huge fan of chrome, though, because it can sometimes look cheap. Now chroming billet wheels is cool. It's the ultimate wheel finish for the lazy man.
Galen: Why does it have to be chrome or billet? Why can't they both just get along? I guess, it depends on how OCD I feel. A chrome wheel is easy to clean and easy to maintain. But, with a lot of the wheel companies going overseas to produce their wheels, you might not be able to get the right offset or bolt pattern. With a set of nice billet wheels, you have more options as far as offsets or bolt patterns. They are a little more work to keep clean, but with this great new product called the Power Ball, "billet elbow" is a thing of the past. I would have to say that it depends on what fits and what is more appealing.
Andy: I'd say I have to take the easy way out and go for chrome. Sure, the look of a billet rim is nice, but I'll leave all that sweating and polishing to the guys with a little more free time on their hands. I've even gone a step beyond the chrome in that my rims are machined silver, so they don't even need a chrome polishing. They just stay a nice bright silver all the time.