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November
1982
Features - Clean Green (Wayne Odekirk took 13 inches out of his '70 van, making it surprising to look at), Family Affair (Norma Tingley drives this '74 Chevy pickup to buy groceries. She also brings home lots of trophies.), How To: Paint Woodgrain (Herb Martinez is gaining a reputation around Southern California for painting metal so it looks like wood. You have to touch the surface to determine what it really is in this story. Herb tells how.), How To: Stop That Chevy (If you happen to have a '51-'59 Chevy pickup, converting to disc brakes can give you greater stopping power. This kit looks like it really is a bolt-on. It adds to parts from '73-'77 mid-size cars.), "Rocky" Scores a K.O. (Don and Becky Noone built their '71 Chevy van into a prizewinner. Then they rebuilt it, and it won some more.), Van Nationals (Angola, Indiana was the scene as 1,000 vans converged in the rain. The truckers partied and had a fine time in some fine vehicles.), Chop 2 (Our cover truck shows its radical face, with a maroon firemist complexion and flame-hot grin. It's so low that people ask if it's real.), Don's Blown F-100 (Eight years of work and $10,000 produce a show-truck legend, a blown Chevy 409, with tilt-front, impecable detailing, lots of chrome, polish and plating. Wow!), New '83 Rigs: Flash and Fire For the New Year (Detroit and Japan bring out their new trucks for 1983. Truckin is evaluating them and will announce its choice for Truck of the Year in its December issue. Here are the contenders.), JJ's Toy (Jim Drake said he spent $40,000 on this '48 Chevy pickup. It looks like it, with a blown 327 for "go", and everything needed for "show".), Oldies With Goodies (The Annual Chevy/GMC Nationals were held in Ogden, Utah, this year, with 150 vintage trucks from all over the states.), Project S-10 (Truckin's little-pickup is being buuilt with low bucks in mind. It has louvers, wire wheels and is lower to the ground, with traction bars.), Project Mini-Van (Truckin's little Suzuki ST-90, imported through Guatemala, has been sanded and promered. It's almost done. Here's how it looks.), Inside Moves (Eric Thorsen has realized his dream of driving a show-winning mini-truck. He has won six trophies at two events, so far. These are the only two he has entered.), Eat Out One (Some 600 mini-truck enthusiasts showed up to party, chug cola, roll cigarettes, run with raw eggs in their mouths and enjoy a wet-T Shirt contest.) Departments - Readers Rap, Shop Manual, Ford Folio, Van Scan, Just Mini-Truckin', Reader's Rides, Happenings, Truck Stuff, Reader's Renderings, Ad Index
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August
1984
Features - Frenched Plates (Whether it be light to heavy, unique metal work will always be a part of customizine, including license plate mounts), Bad Blazer (The two-wheel-drive, early Blazer is a rare bird, and even more so when lookin' this bad), Englander 1 (Paul Tunnecliff's van went from a pile-of-the-month to a show-winner and a look inside will tell you why. Check this Beatle tri-bute out), Comparing Apples To Oranges (The original idea was a shoot-out between the Dodge Mini Ram Van and a Toyota Mini Van but they are so different, it would be tough to draw a comparison), Pro Street Alloy Small-Block Chevy (This engine build-up may be too much for many truckers, but the ideas and assembly tricks apply to even the cast iron small blocks), Gas Shock Secrets (Once you get a good knowledge of the terminology surrounding shocks, then you can figure out what to buy for your truck. Read on for more info), Econo Tono (Would you believe that you can actually increase the fuel mileage on your truck with the addition of a tonneau cover), Sweet & Simple (Maurice found an original F-100 and restored it to the max, but kept most of the truck stock...right down to the Y-block engine), Cool Whip Insulation (Space-age technology comes to vanning in the form of a unique, durable insulation), Insanity (Probably the last vehicle that you would expect to find in paradise is a mini-truck powered by a screaming small-block), Project Toyota (What's happening with our Toyota Xtra Cab that we started customizing? We have begun to add some goodies and change the looks), Mayflower (A Chevy van can be customized to resamble practically anything, even the Mayflower), Buck Boards (The world's first look at tough and durable molded urethane flares and running boards for vans and trucks), Valey Run (Two of the hottest pages in Truckin magazine this month. Course, the mini-truckers always get loose), LTD to F-100 Frame Graft (Howard Montgomery's F-100starts to take shape with the addition of the big Ford's independent front suspension) Departments - Reader's Rap, Ford Folio, Shop Manual, Van Scan, Chevy Corner, Just Mini Truckin', Truck Stuff, Ad Index, Happenings
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October
1984
Features - Tuffkidd (Mini-vanning grows in popularity every day. Here's a mini from a van conversion shop that would rival many a hand-built show custom-ceilings, mirrors and all), Last Desert Madness (This run is always hot, but fun. Being the last one ever, the mini-truckers turned it loose and ripped up the whole desert and partied down), Nissans For '85 (Nissan pickups, both 2x4 and 4x4, will be sporting sleek new bedsides, bumpers and several other new sporty changes. Check 'em out in this preview), High Performance Ignition Wires (Even the editor claims to have gained a whole bunch of knowledge about the latest in suppression ignition wires from putting this article together. Zap!), By Gones F-100 (What's the hottest color to paint an F-100? Black if you'd like to capture the trophy for best paint in the Aneheim show. That's slick), Insta Heater (When it gets so cold that you'd better not leave your brass monkey outside, it's time to tip the switch for some instant, clean heat for your pickup or van), Project Toyota (Looks like those guys are really starting to have some fun building this street cutsom. Now, let's get serious and put some paint on it), Truckin' Visits Pick-Up Parts (Besides the mail-order business that distributes their parts nationwide, Pick-Up Parts has expanded to three stores in the greater L.A. basin. Check 'em out), Red Rider (Now, here's a look at one man's toys that any guy would be proud to own. Take a closer look at this mini and you'll discover a foreign powerplant under the hood.), Cal Van Nats (Once a year, the vanners from both the northern and southern parts of the state get together to party hardy for the whole weekend. This one's hot), Ogden '84 (Classic Chevy and GMC Pickups converge on Ogden, Utah for this Father's Day meet. Sponsored by Golden State Pickup Parts, this year was the best one of all), Dad's '65 (What's chopped, dropped and rides like a Buick> How about a Chevy pickup with a Buick engine, dash, air conditioning, cruise and tilt steering), Riding The Smooth Road (Installing a steering stabilizer can be a very simple coore that can improve the ride and bring pleasure back into running big tires on the front of your truck), Midnite Delight (Paul Matis spent the better part of five winters customizing his '77 Dodge van into a show piece - that's now a summer daily driver), Racing Semis (If it rolls, Americans will find a way to make a racer out of it. Here's living proof that even a semi can be made into a super speedway hauler Departments = Reader's Rap, Ford Folio, Shop Manual, Van Scan, Chevy Corner, Just Mint Truckin', Truck Stuff, Reader's Rides, Happenings
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November
1984
Features - Raiderettes' Van (Would you believe that somebody actually gets paid to drive Football's Fabulous Females to the L.A. Coliseum for gtames in this van), 12th Annual Van Nationals (Mississippi, especially in the Summer, can be hot and sticky. That didn't keep thousands of vanners from throwing one of the biggest parties of the year), 1985 Chevrolet Trucks (Here's a sneak preview of what's new for '85 from the Chevy stable. Most notable is the brand new Chevy Astro - 155 horsepower and rear wheel drive), Stull's Street Bar (Looking much like an off-road roll bar, Stull has just released this brand new Street Bar that only comes up to cab height. Just right for streeters), Custom By Crash (Tommy Sharp was actually quite happy with his El Camino, until it dueled it out with a flatbed truck and came out second. Lookin' good now though), Midwest F-100 Campout and Pig Roast (The F-100 crowd always finds a way to have fun and this time they went whole-hog), Las Vegas Mud Bogs (One of the largest gathering of spectators assembled to see the mud fly in the City of Lights. Trying to get through the bog proved to be a big gamble), Steel Flares (If you want the hot-rod look, you have to bolt on a set of wide tires. Steel flares are a good way to keep you legal and the sides of your truck clean), Toyota Project (We add on a dash of class to the project this month as it nears completion), Hawaiian F-100 (Seems as though nearly every state in the union has a number of classic F-100 Fords. Check this one out, from of all places, the Island paradise), 2nd Seat (The rumble seat has returned, and just in time for the mini-truck crowd), Chopped "N Dropped (Not one but two, count 'em, two chopped top Chevy pickups straight from the Peach State. The good ol' boys know how to put those sweet pick 'm ups together), Lil '40 Ford (Although the owner claims it wasn't worth what he paid for it - and that was a modest expense, all of us will have to agree that it is now priceless), 8th Annual Mini-Truck Nationals (The partying people always tell me that the first time and the last time are the best ones to attend. Unfortunately, this one is the latter) Departments - Reader's Rap, Truck Stuff, Ford Folio, Shop Manual, Van Scan, Chevy Corner, Just Mini Truckin', Chrysler Connection, Readers' Rides, Happenings
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June
1985
Features - Cocktails Anyone? (Glen Sasson has certainly learned to always be prepared for the expected or unexpected - just look behind the seats of this clean El Camino), Witham's Way (Owning a customization shop definitely demands owning a custom truck. Besides, who else would put Recaro seats in a 4x4?), Whole Lotta LUV (Including the turboed v-8 tucked under the hood, this little LUV has a whole lotta class), Rockin' To Paradise (Over three-hundred trucks turned out for this Southern California rally in hopes of winning the five-foot tall trophy, or just finding the finish), Showtime (Canada's finest made their way through the ice and snow to go on display at Speed-Sport '85. Check 'em out), Honeysuckle Rose (Richard Hooper found this '76 Chevy in a junkyard and took it from total disaster to clean street machine), Van Nats (Here's a preview of the happeningest van happening of the year. Vanners take note - it'll be here before you know it), Eight Is Enough (Or should we say that eight is still enough? After three years of re-creation, Streetable Customs has this radical van back and ready for action), Top Chop Part One (So you're truck's not short enough? Try this innovative way of taking a few inches off the top. Now, how do we get rid of Dave's headache?), Cherry '38 (What do you do to a choice early hauler that you are lucky enough to buy for $500.00? Turn it into one of the finest Midwest Chevy haulers), Project Toyota (Follow along as we add a "Touch of Glass" to the rear view of the project), Bronco II (Here's our impression of Ford's Lincoln of four-bys), Mitsubishi Challenge (This month the "Mitsi" gets a radically mild addition to her paint with more easy-to-copy graphics), Vintage Lime (This classic is more proof that Ford's '54 F-100's definitely weren't "lemons". Confused? Check out the tailgate for the final clue), Classic Suspension (The popular Aspen-Voltare independent front suspension goes on yet another F-100 - this time with a new twist - rubber mounts) Departments - Editorial, Readers Rap, Shop Manual, Chevy Corner, Ford Folio, Van Scan, Truck Stuff, Just Mini-Truckin', Readers' Rides, Spotlight, Happenings
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August
1985
Features - High Class (Leland Lee's personal ride is a wild example of Texas truckin', featureing a blown engine, heavily modified suspension and...look for yourself), Steel City Hauler (Vanners will love a look at this bright colored and customized 1974 Ford Van, created by Jeff Morris from Pennsylvania), F-100 Supply & Demand (Steve White wore out the phone and mail system to come up with the most complete list of F-100 parts manufacturers and distributors ever assembled), Sofa Bed (Got those black 'n' blue bottom blues from riding in the bed of a pickup? Here's one solution in the form of a sofa or a mattress), '53 Hawk (Some truck rodders prefer to build their trucks just as the factory did - by starting out with a bare frame and going from there), Formula S-10 (Sports car handling for the Chevy S-10 is made possible with the installation of the Rancho suspension package), Bolt-On Aerodynamics (Leading off with our Buyer's Guide on aerodynamics is this typical installation of a Ground Effects kit from A&A Specialities), Lovin' Feelin' (Dave Moyle's cars and trucks all have that fifties flare. To top it off, we captured his pick-em-up truck right in front of Angelo's Drive In), Aerodynamics Buyer's Guide (Whether you are looking to bolt-on some personalization, boost your truck's looks or improve the handling and fuel economy, aerodynamics are the way to go), Vital Signs (The gauges in stock trucks leave a lot to be desired. Here's a method to improve the looks of the cockpit and read the engine's vital signs as well), Gypsy Wagon (This project began with the purchase of a brand new mini-truck way back in 1974. Today it sports a tilt front end, V-6 engine, 'Vette rear and more), Valley Run (Wondering how they have a valley run out in the middle of the high desert? Are mini-truckers confused or what. The answer is in the story), Project Toyota (Back in July '84, we introduced you to a stone-stock Toyota Xtracab, and a concept rendering of the finished project. Check it out and see how close we came), Truckin' Gallery (Truckin''s Art Director Ron Snowden reached into his bag of tricks and created this unique layout for six fine examples of customized trucks) Departments - Editorial, Readers' Rap, Shop Manual, Truck Stuff, Chevy Corner, Van Scan, Ford Folio, Just Mini-Truckin', Spotlight, Catalog Corner, Happenings
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