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Front Page - April 2008 - 8.21 At 165 Mph In A Diesel-Powered S10!

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Mike Finnegan
Apr 1, 2008
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Gale Banks set another record in the diesel world, and this time it was at an NHRA-sanctioned event. Gale robbed the 6.6-liter Duramax engine from his road-race truck and stabbed it in the tube-chassis Chevy and proceeded to go 8.41 at 158 mph right off the trailer.
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After four passes and additional tuning, the Sidewinder Type-D ripped off an 8.21 at 165 mph in Las Vegas. The truck also did it without covering the Christmas Tree and grandstands in black smoke. According to Banks, the actual drag motor for this truck is almost ready, and the truck's e.t. will drop significantly lower in upcoming race events. If you'd like to see the pass, visit http://bankspower.com/DmaxTypeD-Oct07.cfm.
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Roush To Work With Chevy?
This tiny, tiny, almost unrecognizable camera-phone picture of a Chevy Silverado rendering with Roush's name all over it leaked onto the Internet today and then was abruptly taken down. We grabbed the image before it was gone. The truck has a cowl hood, SS-looking stripes, and a cool front valance with what looks like an intercooler behind it. Could this be the turbo LS truck we've all be waiting for? Probably not. We wonder if the guy who posted the picture still has a job at Roush.
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Corporate wheelin' and dealin'
The Nikkei Business Daily reports that ailing U.S. automaker Chrysler is working a deal with Nissan to share select products between the two companies' auto lines. The deal is designed to help each company in the North American marketplace. Nissan is looking to improve its market share of pickups and minivans, and Chrysler is looking to expand into the subcompact category.
What does this mean for truck owners? Well, since Titan truck sales have declined, fuel prices have increased again, and Nissan is bailing on its motorsports program for 2008. It doesn't look as though the focus will be on trucks in the near future, rather gas-sipping compact cars.
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Dodge Dakota Recall
More than 575,000 Chrysler autos have been recalled due to a shifter that could come out of Park without the key in the ignition. The '01-'02 Dodge Dakota is included in the recall. The shift problem occurs after long-term wear. To date, there have been nine accidents and no fatalities associated with the shifter problem.
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Toyota To Break Sales Record?
Toyota is on pace to smoke the existing new-car sales record of 9.55 million units set by General Motors in 1978. The company is expecting sales to top 10.41 million, while industry insiders view that number to be on the low side. This would end GM's reign as the world's largest carmaker, a title it has enjoyed for 76 years.
10 Mostly Worthless Facts
1. A Toyota Tundra oil change is best left up to your local Toyota dealer unless you like investing in tools that can't be used on any other truck you own.
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2. The Sport Truck Challenge will go off in Bowling Green, Kentucky, August 2-3, 2008. You best bring your A-game this year because we've been getting e-mails from some serious competition.
3. Apparently it's illegal to wrench on your truck in an apartment garage in the city of Orange, California. Something about it qualifying as operating a repair facility, and it's a violation of some city ordinance that we don't agree with.
4. We only put two flamed trucks on the cover in 2007, which is three fewer than we put on the cover in '06.
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5. Boyd Coddington is building a pusher truck out of a Nissan Titan for a record attempt on the salt in Bonneville this year.
6. Charlie Hayward, the artist behind the cartoons in our Mail Truck column, owns a '68 Chevy C10.
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7. Every rose has its thorn. No, really it does.
8. Lift your '07 Tundra on 35-inch tires and you too can lose up to 3 miles per gallon in fuel economy.
9. The Havoc Tour will make stops in Fresno, California, June 21-22, and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, April 12-13. Hooray for spring break!
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10. Saying the phrase "yippee skippee" will get you smacked at most any truck show in the nation.
Say What?
The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is:
How many vehicles have you owned, and what happened to each one?
Mike: I've had 17 cars and trucks. Damn, I must have ADD.
'71 Camaro - Crashed and totaled.
'86 Buick Skylark - Borrowed and returned to mom with bald tires.
'91 Honda CRX - Bought and sold when CRXs were still cool.
'71 Datsun 240Z - Bought it, loved it, lost it to a thief.
'94 Toyota pickup - Bought it, customized it, traded it in on a Nissan 4x4.
'96 Nissan Hardbody 4x4 - Jumped it. A lot. Traded it in on a truck I could lower.
'83 Ford F-150/250 - $300 winter beater truck. Gave it away when the snow melted.
'97 Toyota Tacoma - Bought it, customized it, loved it, but couldn't afford all the tickets so I traded it away.
'91 Chevy Crew Cab dualie - Traded for it, got hit in it, and totaled it.
'01 Chevy Crew Cab longbed 2500HD - Bought it, jumped it, traded it in.
'03 Toyota Tundra Access Cab - Bought it, built a prerunner out of it, jumped it, sold it.
'83 Suncrest motorhome - A gift from my folks that fell apart. Traded it away.
'87 Chevy Crew Cab dualie - Traded for it, then traded it away.
'69 Chevy C10 shortbed - Traded for it, customized it, then it was stolen.
'71 Chevy C10 longbed - Bought for parts, traded to a jerk who never came through on his end of the deal.
'67 Chevy C10 shortbed - Paid too much for it. Currently under construction and killing my wallet.
'96 Chevy Crew Cab dualie - Bought it, fixed it up, sold it at a loss.
Calin: '64-1/2 Ford Mustang - Sold.
'71 Chevrolet Blazer - Sold.
'70 SS 396 Chevelle - Traded for the Blazer below.
'72 Chevrolet Blazer - Sold. Bought back the same Chevelle with some of the money.
'70 SS 396 Chevelle - Traded for a '78 Camino plus some cash.
'78 Chevrolet El Camino - The guy never came up with the cash, so I had to give back the Elco and repo the Chevelle.
'70 SS 396 Chevelle - Sold.
'66 SS Chevrolet Nova - Stolen.
'79 Chevrolet El Camino - Sold.
'62 Ford Galaxie - Sold.
'66 Chevelle - Stolen.
'67 Chevrolet truck - Sold.
'00 Toyota Tacoma - Sold.
'71 Chevrolet van - Given to a friend in dire straits.
'68 Chevrolet truck - Still own.
'89 Chevrolet S-10 - Still own.
'88 Buick Century - Still own.
Galen: I can't say that I have owned a lot of vehicles like Mike or Calin; in fact, I haven't even owned a quarter of the vehicles that either one of those guys has owned. So here is the short list:
'74 Ford Courier - Lowered, custom wheels, stereo. Given away for a tax write-off
'95 Honda Civic - Lowered, custom wheels, stereo, interior, paint, and a fully built motor. Sitting out at a friend's body shop.
'95 Mitsubishi Macrocab - 'Bagged, shaved, custom wheels, stereo, miscellaneous bolt-ons. Waiting to go under the knife.
'07 Chevy Colorado - You will have to wait and see.
Kevin: '00 Chevy S-10 - Repainted, airbagged, and still driven daily.
'94 Nissan 240SX - Drift-car project sold to help my wife buy a new '07 Chevy Silverado Classic
'62 GMC truck- Recently acquired project; alternate daily driver.
Andy: Let's see, the other guys may have more interesting stories to tell about all of their trucks; I don't have any wild stories about getting them impounded, stolen, heavily modified, or anything like that. In fact, my list is pretty short, so here goes.
'70 Chevy Nova - I think my Dad bought it for me from a friend for like 600 bucks. It had a hole in the block from a thrown piston, but otherwise it was in good shape. It pretty much sat in the garage and never got worked on, so it got sold.
'70s Caltrans-orange Dodge pickup - Not just painted Caltrans orange, but really a bought-at-auction Caltrans truck. Don't laugh, that orange paint was pretty damn clean and I kept it that way. I could always spot my truck in a parking lot, and it became known as "The Pumpkin" to anybody who knew me.
'91 Mitsubishi Mighty Max - That little truck was a lot of fun. Nice and clean with wheels and tires, a bedcover and liner, tinted windows, and everything else. I had that truck for about six years and 160,000 miles.
'01 Dodge Dakota - My work in progress which you guys may have seen being worked on in some recent issues.
'54 Pontiac Star Chief - I guess I really missed that old Pumpkin because I recently acquired a Caltrans-orange '54 Pontiac Star Chief. It's got a cream top, so I think that one's new name is "Creamsicle." This one is a project car that I'm still saving up some time and money to work on.
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Sport Truck Slang Term O' The Month
#1,958: rat rod n. According to Wikipedia.com, a "'Rat Rod' is a style of Hot Rod or Custom car that, in most cases, poorly imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the '40s, '50s, and '60s. It is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related 'Traditional' Hot Rod, which is an accurate recreation or period-correct restoration of a Hot Rod from the same era.
"Most Rat Rods appear 'unfinished' (whether they actually are or are not), with just the bare essentials to be driven. More recently however, a trend has arisen of making the Rat Rod vehicle appear and/or perform 'unsafe' or 'scary.'"

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