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  • What'd you say? - Reader's Letters Issue 9. 2014

What'd you say? - Reader's Letters Issue 9. 2014

You Asked, We Answered

Patrick McCarthy
Sep 14, 2014
Got something to tell us? This is your spot. Tell us you like a feature, you want to see more tech stories of your particular truck, or that we got a new truck test right or wrong. We've dedicated this one page to anything and everything you have to say. Think of it as our Facebook wall, only it goes to print instead of being forgotten in five seconds. Speaking of which, we'll be selecting some of the best posts on our Facebook wall and printing them here, so be sure to friend us at facebook.com/truckinmag. We can be reached at editorsinbox@truckin.com.

The Will to Rebuild
Just wanted to drop you a line to say how great your magazine is and compliment the awesome quality of your pictures. Last November, I lost my 2008 Chevy Silverado to some black ice and a tree. My passenger and I walked away (after crawling out the front windshield) without a scratch. After spending a good amount of money for mods on that one, I didn't know if I could do it again. Well, your magazine always puts a smile on my face and gives me the itch to do it again. So thank you, and thanks for your support of our armed forces.
BM2 Richard Smith
U.S. Coast Guard
Richard,
Wow! That looks like it was a pretty serious impact. We're glad you and your passenger made it out unscathed. It's also good to hear that Truckin has kept you motivated to build a new truck. Having your pride and joy totaled always sucks, but now you've got a new opportunity (and hopefully a sizeable check from insurance) to create something even better. Good luck, and thanks for your service to our country!

Photo 2/6   |   RV From Hell Front Tango And Cash
Tango & Cash Truck
I was reading your list of the top five trucks from TV and movies in Issue 4, but you left one out. What about that awesome truck from the movie Tango & Cash?
CJ Mudd
CJ,
We're going to stick by our choices for the top five, but the "RV from Hell" from Tango & Cash absolutely deserves an honorable mention. In the movie, Sylvester Stallone himself asks, "Who owns the pink slip, Satan?" The movie also tells us it has "bulletproof glazing all around, a 20mm cannon on the driver's side, and a nitrous-oxide ultra-booster" and can "pull high 10s in the quarter-mile."
Hollywood magic aside, we actually did some digging to see what this truck is really made of. As you may be able to tell from the headlights and grille, it's based on an 1988 Chevy K-2500. It does have a 454ci V-8, but no nitrous-oxide, unfortunately. A custom camper shell, fender flares, and aircraft-style arched windshield were added, along with a new frontend and side skirts for a futuristic look. It rides on 16.5-inch aluminum wheels and 42-inch Dick Cepek tires. Three of these trucks were built for the movie, and at least one of them appears to be privately owned and still driveable.
Thanks for the suggestion!

Photo 3/6   |   1956 Chevrolet Stepside Interior
Disappearing Pedals
I have a question about the "1SIC56" article with the 1956 Chevrolet Stepside, seen in Volume 40, Issue 5. There's a picture of the truck's interior, and there are no pedals on the floorboard. How does he drive it?
Josh Wiley
Josh,
Good catch. We took photos of this truck right after the end of the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The truck needed to be finished before SEMA, and unexpected delays caused the build to come down to the wire. So, there was no time to install the throttle cable linkage and pedals prior to the show. At the time of our photo shoot, there were no pedals and the truck wasn't driveable. However, don't worry, this truck is no trailer queen. The pedals were installed by the time we wrote the story, and now the truck can unleash all 500 hp when owner Carlos Martins drops the hammer.

Photo 4/6   |   In House Project Trucks
Saying Goodbye
Recently, we said farewell to three of our in-house project trucks: Project Novakane, Project Lead Sled, and Project Stealth Fighter. They'll be going to a good home as the flagship vehicles of Trinity Motorsports in Pooler, Georgia. We've had many good years and fond memories behind the wheel, but it's time to let them go and move on to some new and different projects. So, what makes, models, and styles of trucks would you like to see us build next? Send us an email at editorsinbox@truckin.com and tell us your thoughts.

Photo 5/6   |   2005 Ford F 150 Front View
Dear Truckin,

I have a fuel economy question for you guys. First of all, I realize that a fullsize truck is not the best choice if you're overly concerned with mpg, but I need my truck for hauling tools to work and towing my boat on the weekends. I drive an '05 Ford F-150 with the 5.4L motor, a leveling kit, and 35-inch tires on the stock wheels.

Anyway, here's my question: Which modifications, if any, will help me get better gas mileage? I'd really like to get more than my current average of 14 mpg. Thanks!
Josh MacArthur
Grand Rapids, Michigan Josh,
We definitely know where you're coming from. Driving a fullsize truck every day while watching your gas gauge fall and gas prices skyrocket can be a frustrating experience. With that in mind, we have some tips for you.
First of all—this is obvious, but we'll say it anyway—consider your driving habits. If you drive less aggressively, cruise at lower speeds on the highway, and make a conscious effort to be light on the gas pedal, you can easily see a 1- to 2-mpg improvement. It's not any fun, but it's the easiest (and cheapest) way to improve gas mileage. Also, look into reducing your truck's overall weight and removing excess cargo, since less weight means better mileage.
Now, on to the fun stuff: modifications. One of the best modifications for gas mileage is a good tuner with an "economy" or "mpg booster" setting, such as those from Bully Dog, Edge, or DiabloSport. These tuners reprogram your truck's onboard computer for more efficiency and can reduce fuel consumption by 1 to 3 mpg. You might also consider adding an intake and exhaust system, since they help your engine breathe easier and often weigh less than their stock counterparts. Keep in mind that these parts can tempt you to drive more aggressively, which would end up canceling out the mpg benefits. Finally, don't forget routine maintenance, like checking tire pressure, changing your oil frequently, and replacing your air and fuel filters. Good luck!

Photo 6/6   |   2015 Chevy Tahoe
FaceBook:
We recently asked our Instagram followers which of these three 2015 Tahoes they preferred: stock, lowered, or lifted. Unsurprisingly, stock wasn't very popular. Be sure to follow us to get all the latest updates, @truckinmagazine.
Stock: 1 vote
Lowered: 50 votes
Lifted: 74 votes

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