In order to properly kick off Sport Truck's 20th anniversary, we decided that a few introductions were necessary. I mean, we can't have you guys (and girls) out there reading your favorite magazine without knowing a little something about the staff that brings this whole mess together once a month. Enjoy.
Years On Staff:
In My CD Player Right Now:
Montrose, "Rock Candy"
Words I Live By:
Respect, humility, and when all else fails, revenge.
Q: What is it like to work for Sport Truck magazine?
A: It's not bad at all. The hardest part for me was transitioning my behavior from a shop environment to a corporate world. I really enjoy getting to meet some of the smartest gearheads around and learning from them.
Q: What did you do for a living before working at Sport Truck?
A:Right out of high school, I joined the U.S. Army. While I was enlisted, I worked as a generator mechanic and traveled to Korea. After a four-year stint in the military, I went to work at my father's upholstery shop. I stitched and wrapped custom interiors with him for about seven years.
Q: What is your dream truck?
A:With a little help from Eye Kandy Designs, you can see my vision, '67 Panel Truck. Now this is not a stock panel by any means. The plan is to shorten the body down to the size of a shortbed pickup. I guess I could find a Suburban, cut it down, and remove the glass, but I think a panel would be a little less work. I think an 18-inch Budnik Fontana with at least 12-inch-wide rubber will fit nicely under a mild 4/6 static drop. The paint is Candy Root Beer Brown on the bottom, Champagne on the top, broken with a burnt orange flame detail striped in Kawasaki Green. The interior and drivetrain are still up in the air as to what I will do, but this one will be made to drive.
I've owned two shortbed trucks...
I've owned two shortbed trucks and two Blazers of this vintage. So, this would be the last one I need to build before I can move on to a different year. I;m thinking a '55, '56, or '57 would be next.
Q: What are you building right now?
A: Right now, I have two trucks to work on. One is a '68 Chevrolet C10 that has a Yenko-inspired theme. I need to rebuild the broken rearend and build a big-block for it, which will pretty much finish that one off. The second truck is a '89 longbed standard cab S-10 that I stole from my grandparents. Hey, they weren't using it anymore. I'm going to build this little truck with a military theme on the tightest budget I can stand. I'll rock the Army green for a while, which will give me some time to stash more money and ideas away.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: This is kind of a trick question because I'm not sure I have any "free" time. I would have to say when I'm not wrenching on stuff, I'm either watching some TV or cleaning something. I'll let you in on one of my personality traits: I'm an obsessive compulsive neat-freak. I wish I could be a slob and just relax but that is not the case.