November 2014

Hard-Edged Hauler

Cheyenne_4107This ’72 Cheyenne packs a wallop with a healthy dose of LS power.

1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Pickup courtesy of the South-40 Collection

By Levi Watson   Photography by Colin Date

The third generation small-block V8 was first introduced in 1997 on the C5 Corvette platform and almost instantly became a legend in its own right. In the seventeen years since the LS1 arrived on the scene, many new LS-based derivatives have been introduced to power everything from base model pickups to GM’s highest horsepower offering, the ZR-1 Corvette. The aftermarket immediately responded to the popularity and variety of the LS platform and it wasn’t long before these engines garnered a legendary reputation. This was mostly due to the LS’s responsiveness to performance mods and versatility for making power. Whether running low boost turbo or blower setups, or through a potent heads/cam/intake package with more traditional bolt-ons, stock-bottom-end LS engines are capable of highly respectable horsepower numbers while maintaining late-model drivability. Part of the popularity of the LS platform can also be attributed to the incredible aftermarket support these engines receive. These days it’s possible to build an all new LS engine in a myriad of different displacements and power levels, letting the engine builder tailor the engine to the application; applications which are increasingly including classic cars and trucks. Such is the case with the 1972 Cheyenne featured here. Continue reading

Truckin’

Truck-issue-head-shotBy Colin Date

Ahh, here we are with the Truck issue! And really, who doesn’t like trucks? No matter what kind of Chevy model fan you are, chances are you’re also a truck fan. People don’t look at Chevy trucks and say, “um nope, I’ve never really liked them”. In fact, in certain parts of the country, you’d get a whuppin’ for saying something like that. Chevy Trucks are about as “pure American” as it gets. And really, what’s not to love? They’re big, bold, brawny and brash. They can haul just about anything and have enough torque to rip out stumps. You (usually) don’t worry about getting your truck dirty. A parking lot door ding isn’t cause for an embolism. Inclement weather? Who cares! And, whether you realize it or not, you are kind of making a statement when you drive a truck. Thrifty fuel economy? Not a chance. Let’s face it– you’re not going to be smiled upon by the Be Kind To The Earth folks, but typically they’re the first ones to ask you to help them move. Continue reading

Installing new seat upholstery

tech-shot-1Story and photography by Colin Date

Whether your vehicle came equipped with cloth or vinyl-covered seats, chances are it’s going to need a full cosmetic makeover at some point. Over time, seat upholstery almost always gets tattered and torn, regardless of the car. Sure, southwestern style blankets are cool and work fine while the rest of the car is coming together. But no resto would be complete without a freshly recovered interior. It’s amazing what new skins alone will do for the look and feel of your car’s inner sanctum. All of a sudden, you become overly anal-retentive about everything unclean that may come in contact with your new upholstery. After all, your car looks (and smells) factory fresh!

There comes a time when everyone is faced with the classic dilemma: D.I.Y. or farm it out to a hired hand? It’s funny, even some of the most hardcore gear-heads wince at the thought of attempting upholstery or interior work. Actually, it can be rather intimidating. Hopefully these tips and straightforward steps will help you get on your way to your interior’s revitalization.

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