What’s Going On Here.

I will be tapping into my decades of experience while documenting the fabrication and restoration of custom cars, trucks and hot rods. Having served enthusiasts as editor of StreetChopper, Truckin’, Classic Trucks, StreetTrucks, Trucks, Mini-Truckin’ and cycle books such as StreetChopper and Hot Bike, I literally have wrenched on, photographed and created articles on about every part between the bumpers and spokes. Through the years I have been lucky enough to rub flesh with the industry’s finest fabricatiors, innovators, shop owners and legends.

Magazine techniques that served me well through the years will now be presented to you through the latest forms of technology from the worldwide web to live broadcasts and video along with written articles and interviews with builders and enthusiasts who develop cutting edge innovations.

You will be playing a very important role as I take questions from readers and use them to develop articles or tech videos to assist readers in the fabrication of their rides. I will be tapping into the contact list of top builders and industry legends to fulfill your needs. Check back as we develop and grow this site. SS

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Cambra Speed Shop’s Open House

Never heard of the CCA Day? Collector Car Appreciation Day is an annual celebration to raise awareness of the role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. The day was first recognized on July 9, 2010 due, in part, to U.S. Senate resolution S. Res 513, sponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Richard Burr (R-NC). (READ MORE)

Different Point Of View

Here’s a rare look at “Bart” Steve Stillwell’s truck. (READ MORE)



HOME MADE STRUTI can’t begin to tell you how many times I have heard complaints about a builder’s truck sitting too high during chassis fabrication. Let’s face it, the springs on the coil over shocks, or worse yet the springs supplied with your new custom coil spring front end (Mustang II) are too stiff to be used during the assembly of your truck. (READ MORE)

What’s An Old Ford Truck Worth?

I received a message at work this past week from an Arizona F-100 truck enthusiast who is going through some lifestyle changes and had 13557694_843185962480827_8421105876535544297_ndecided to put his pickup up for sale. It can happen. One of the toughest parts of selling an old friend is determining a price. After all, the bottom line is to figure out what will the market bear? If you put the price at $500 it will go to the first guy who sees it. On the other hand, ask $200K and the buyers will be limited if not nonexistent. (READ MORE)

Hey Steve, guess what I found for you in Gatlinburg?

SteveI am all excited to see the annual gathering of my friends who make it to the annual F-100 Western Nationals, produced by Pickups Limited, Orange County. I was greeting vendors when I spotted Diane from Mid-Fifty F-100 Parts. She gave me a big hug and said, “I have something for you.” She produced this copy of Truckin’ Magazine from 1993. “Steve, take a look at your Editorial photo and see what you looked like in 1993,” she exclaimed. I was speechless as I viewed the cover, and turned to the Editorial page. Wow. Time flies. (READ MORE)


Altman Latches Install 1953-56 Ford F-100 trucks

You can install these three ways. Since my doors are taken a part and stripped down I figured I’d mount the locking mechanism inside the door. Or, you can consider one of the following. Use the instructions and cut a area for the latch and mount the plate on top of the door skin (more for your already painted truck), or use the plate as a template and cut out that from the door and weld the plate to the door. (READ MORE)

Friends Projects

IMG_2128From time to time we will be adding projects of our friends projects to this are. Bookmark this page and watch for updates as we document some of the details of shop and garage projects. We have found that all projects are different especially when it comes to the F100. (Read More)






1112-honda-dealer-scAutomotive car and truck manufacturers use a variety of marketing tools to keep their company at the forefront of sales. We have seen in recent years that our Detroit car (truck) makers literally fell asleep at the wheel when it came to staying ahead of the competition and new truck technology. Mainly, who was making vehicles with fantastic fuel mileage when gas prices were soaring and the big petroleum companies have no conscience when it comes to gouging us at the pumps. (Read More)



Pat Ford Goes Bionic

Tour 412The whole world of F-100 truckin’ owes Pat Ford big time for his commitment to his life-long commitment to the restoration, customization  and overall popularity of the F-1 and F-100 trucks. What began as a group of fellow Ford truck friends trekking into the Smokie Mountains for a weekend of classic truck fun at Chimney Rock, NC decades ago soon grew into the world’s largest gathering of classic Ford trucks. His family stood at the helm of the F-100 Supernationals for more than three decades. (Read More)




  I am currently employed as a Sales/Customer Rep at Total Cost Involved Engineering, a major manufacturer of street rod and truck chassis along with complete front and rear suspension options for Mustangs, Camaros, Novas and other muscle cars. Not a day goes by without a customer requesting help when it comes to fitting fat wheels and tires onto his special project. TCI supplies me with charts as a guide, but many of you are stuck with a huge dilemma, such as the case with a fellow truck club member. Here is one possible solution. (Read More)



When I made plans to build my 1956 Ford F-100 I immediately knew that I wanted to have it roll on a combination of 18-inch front wheels and 20-inch billet wheels for the rear. I wasn’t targeting the pro-street look, but wanted a minimum of a 20 x 10 inch rim for the rear, which a couple of buddies told me was impossible to do on an F-100. (Read More)




Whether your slammed truck is equipped with a big C-notch in the frame rail, a raised set of rear rails or even a serious Z’d frame, these frame modification are all made to clear the top of the rear end housing when the chassis is dropped to the ground. Trouble is, the housing is going to strike the bottom of the bed unless you perform some sort of fabrication to create clearance between the bottom of the bed and housing. (Read More)