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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