The Eleventh Hour
Here at Truckin, we’re constantly striving to bring you the latest and greatest custom trucks along with the parts and modifications that make them custom. Now, the bread and butter is, of course, the new products that become available for all the current-body– style trucks, with new, cutting-edge items for classic trucks a close second. But what about those all-but-forgotten middle-year trucks? Some would argue they don’t deserve any love these days, but I beg to differ. I’m a big proponent of trucks that people just like me and you pay cash for and add cool products to a little at a time, with every paycheck or when time permits.
I have been doing some informal surveying the last few months about what people thought were the ugliest of ducklings these days—the last truck out there that’s worth putting money into and customizing. It seems like anything from the ’80s is starting to become collectible. The GM products are for sure, and the other brands are not far behind. So it seems late ’90s to early ’00s are the “dead” years. I also noticed standard cab shortbeds are still somewhat favorable with the performance guys, but longbeds attached to any cab are the last in line as far as desirability goes.
So you know what that meant? I was now determined to find one and somehow make it cool. Turd polishing at its finest! It didn’t take long to find one that was located right near me in the L.A. harbor, presumably hauling boats and equipment around for all of its 15 years. The miles aren’t too terrible at 140k, and the transmission was rebuilt recently. Everything is well worn, though. And, as you can see, the utility bed that used to be on it is long gone.
As much as I want to cut this thing up and lay it on the ground as some kind of shortened roadster or hardtop creation, we’re going to keep it simple. Think overland-style with some HD parts and some cool add-ons to help disguise the fact that it’s a standard cab longbed. Most importantly, we’re going to showcase a whole bunch of cool parts from some of our good friends and advertisers of the magazine. The plan is to knock the whole build out in a few months, TV-style, and report the progress in the form of tech stories right here in the magazine. You should check out our social media channels for live video updates, too. This will be fun, and ultimately, we’ll let you decide if we made this ugly duckling cool or not.
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