Truckin Editorial - The Eleventh Hour, with Jeremy Cook
New Year, New Goals
By the time you see this, the sun will be shining in most places and the show season will be getting into full swing. But for me, right now, it is just after New Year’s, and it’s freezing in sunny Southern California. In fact, for the first time ever, it’s currently colder in the western United States than anywhere in the eastern United States, and the coldest place in the USA is in Arizona!
It got me thinking like many of you do; the ones that live in perpetually colder climates, and basically, go into hibernation during the winter, pulling your truck apart for improvements so it can reemerge for the show season in its new and improved state. We don’t really do that here. The SoCal weather usually blends things into one big season. We just have to remember to bring a hoodie or flannel with us for part of it—sometimes we even wear pants.
But this year, with actual cold weather, and a forecast for rains we have not seen the likes of for many years, it has me looking ahead to the projects I might be able to work on during this semi-down time. And, the shows and other events around the country I really want to get out to this year once the sun reemerges. You’ll soon notice a theme—where one plan or goal is entirely contingent on the other, so a few of my goals could crumble at the same time. But I’m going to give it a shot. I can tell you this: 2016 is going to be one crazy year!
Get my ’69 C10 project on the road:
My trusty freelancer Marcel and I were making serious headway on my long-lost project for a good while last year. We added a new engine and trans, as well as did some substantial rust repair to the cab. Truth be told, there’s probably only a few days’ work to fire the thing, save for a driveshaft and exhaust. But the magazine, and life, happens, and happens often, so it sits in Marcel’s driveway. My goal is to get it on the road in its existing primer, and drive the snot out of it, while finishing every little thing I can on it before I tear it apart for the final build. Things like AC, insulation, air ’bag system upgrades, and fine tuning of the 440hp Blueprint engine! Most importantly, I’d like to enjoy it in its current state after staring at it for so many years.
Road trip to LST:
Lone Star Throwdown has quickly become one of the most important truck shows in the country. We had talked about making the drive for a couple years now, and I’ve decided this year is (hopefully) the year. I’ve got a loose plan with former Mini Truckin’ editor Mike Alexander and Devious Customs owner Jeff Davy. Between the three of us, I hope we can get a decent crew together, have a fun adventure, and shoot some of the best trucks in the country for these pages along the way. I doubt the C10 will make it, but I’ve got other plans for it.
Hot Rod Power Tour:
I’ve never done it. I’d really like to. On top of that, Editorial Director and owner of our ’67 F100 project, Sean Holman is making a push to have his truck road-ready by then. We’ve been talking about taking our trucks along for some good old-fashioned grudge-match racing along the way. Editor vs. Editor, Ford vs. Chevy, gas vs. diesel, new technology vs. tried and true—all that!
You may have noticed we’re not talking your ear off about Truckin Throwdown 2016. That’s because as of now it will be moving from a stand-alone event in SoCal in May to being a part of a giant truck bash in St. Louis, Missouri, in August. The plans are not yet finalized, but you heard it here first. I want to see you all there for what I hope is another long-running Truckin event!
Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg for me. Like I said, it’s going to be a busy year.
What truck-related goals do you have for 2016? What is the big show you’re planning to debut your new-and-improved truck at this year? Let’s see photos! Use the email below!
Keep on Truckin,
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