Change Is Good - Garage Editorial
Oh, no! Regime change! Run for cover!
Not so fast. With the unfortunate departure of former Work Truck Review Editor (and 30-year magazine veteran) Bob Carpenter, I now have the privilege of putting this unique, bimonthly book together -- and I’m not that bad…
As a staffer at Diesel Power magazine for the last six years (and now the Editor-in-Chief of that publication), I would definitely classify myself as a dieselhead. That is to say someone who is, at times, more attracted to adding horsepower and performance to a truck than versatility and functionality. But, I’ve always been fond of the work truck industry and have been involved in the medium-duty side of things. After spending my youth playing with ERTL big rigs and service trucks, I picked up a CDL in my late teens and devoted several of my college years to driving FL70s, 80s, and International box trucks.
When I was handed the reins of Work Truck Review, I immediately had flashbacks of those “college job” years, when the tools needed to maximize productivity were key (and included) on each vehicle I operated. Everything from the reliable DT466E or 8.3L Cummins engines under the hood to the lift gate, PTO, air compressor, and other aftermarket upfitted components working flawlessly day in and day out were all of equal importance. Without even one of these tools, the entire operation could shut down. I think this is why upfitters within the work truck industry strive for such high product standards. After all, if they don’t deliver a quality, tough-as-nails device, their customer will go elsewhere. A lot of overbuilding goes on in this industry, and that’s what I like most about it.
With that said, I envision this magazine being the premier place to see the most capable, job-ready machines on the planet. Case in point, on page 32 you’ll get the full scoop on the ’16 Ford F-650 and F-750, an all-new truck line that’s been tested in some of the most brutal conditions and scenarios I’ve ever seen. Deeper into the issue, you’ll find a buyer’s guide for towing upgrades, which has something to offer everyone, whether you tote a 16-foot enclosed trailer or hook to a 40-foot gooseneck and flirt with maximum GCWR on a regular basis.
If you’re in the market for a new work truck or van, we’ve got you covered there as well (check out page 72). In addition to OE-related articles, we’ll provide do-it-yourself tech pieces to help empower the little guy on a budget. You’ll see bedliner installs (this month), and a host of other pickup accessories in the coming year that both add value, and make life easier on the end user.
Our revised Lug Nuts section begins this month as well. Expect to see everything from the latest in light-duty news to the current state of the Class 8 industry here. Also, look for worthwhile snippets of useful information throughout.
Finally, from time to time we’ll attend industry trade shows (including The Work Truck Show in the August issue) to keep you up to date on debuting technology and parts. We’ll even do shop tours occasionally (as you’ll see this month on page 84) and give you a backstage pass to some of the country’s most innovative and industry-leading facilities.
Before I go, I want to add that I also envision the “new” Work Truck Review being completely different than any other magazine offered by Source Interlink (our parent company). I think that gets off to a great start this month. See you in August, and by all means, feel free to drop me a line anytime at: Mike.McGlothlin@sorc.com.