Texas Trucks – Hot Haulers from the Lone Star Nationals
January 05, 2018
Pickup trucks and Texas go together like spurs and cowboy boots. With an abundance of rugged wide-open spaces and thousands of expansive farms and ranches spread between its borders, there’s a lot of outdoor work to be done in the Lone Star State. Trucks help make it all happen.
It’s no surprise, then, that the Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth attracts hundreds of trucks, from street rodded prewar workhorses, to slammed and smoothed C10s, to lifted four-wheel drives. We can always count on an abundance of hot haulers when Goodguys rolls into Texas Motor Speedway, and the 2017 event back at the end of September was no exception. We had our pick of pickups.
We corralled a lot of haulers in the special Trick Truck parking area on Saturday, but there were scores of them roaming free throughout the facility all weekend long. Naturally, we wrangled images of many of them, and have assembled this bonus gallery for your enjoyment. Take a gander and see if you can find a favorite.
Texas shop Hill’s Hot Rods specializes in squarebody Chevy and GMC trucks, and had several cool examples of the ’73-’87-model haulers in their vendor display
Henry Fisher’s ’72 C10 sports a ton of custom bodywork that incorporates elements of many classic Chevy cars, from the ’57 Chevy hood rockets and front fender louvers, to the ’59 Impala fins atop the bed sides. The front and rear bumpers were built from ’68 Camaro pieces, while the dash came from a ’59 Chevy pickup. Under the hood is an LS3 backed by a 6L80 transmission
Phillip Cato’s ’59 Metro truck is the perfect billboard for his custom upholstery business – and can probably haul as much leather as he’d need to stitch up a dozen custom vehicles! LS1 power helps it cruise around San Marcos, Texas.
Allan McCustlin’s scorching red C10 scored a Builder’s Choice Award from Kenny Davis, thanks in part to its flawless Axalta finish and a killer stance courtesy of a Roadster Shop chassis with Forgeline wheels. With a 383c.i. stroker small-block under the cowl-scooped hood and custom leather upholstery inside, this Chevy is smokin’ no matter how you look at it.
Douglas Bacon heated up the Homebuilt Heaven parking area with his flamed ’56 F100 from Fort Worth. Rollin’ low on chrome reverse wheels with Ford caps, this blue beauty is motivated with 390c.i. of Ford V8 power.
After driving it on the week-long Hall of Fame Road Tour, Roadster Shop’s Phil Gerber abused this squarebody C10 in the burnout contest. The survivor truck rides on a Roadster Shop Slammed SPEC chassis, rolls on Forgeline-built OE1 wheels, and has 580hp of LS muscle.
Rodney Payne’s ’35 Ford pickup not only looks sharp, but is also a real-world driver that cruised 375 miles to get to the event. Beyond the flawless black PPG paint, highlights on this hauler include an LT1 engine backed by a 4L60 transmission, tan upholstery and Vintage Air.
Rob and Lisa Bennett’s subtle ’54 Chevy grabbed the Best Bitchin’ award, thanks in part to a killer stance (courtesy of RideTech), WheelSmith steel wheels and a stout small-block Chevy with an old-school Weiand blower perched on top. Bitchin’, indeed!
Trucks tore up the AutoCross course in Texas, too. Brandon Carter upheld his Truck class winning streak in his ’72 Dodge D100, which has a custom 6- and 8-inch drop and 505c.i. of big-block Mopar power fed by triple carbs. Brian has owned the Dodge for 18 years, and it’s been a daily driver for most of those.
Don’t let the patina fool you – the underside of Otis Schmidt’s ’60 F100 is fully updated with a modern suspension and an LS engine backed by a 4L60 transmission. The combination of stance and style helped earn this pickup the Suede & Chrome award.
What a profile! Robby Collvins’ radical Heirloom pickup earned the Truck of the Year Early finalist spot in Fort Worth. A former Great 8 contender in Detroit, Robby’s five-window pickup is chopped, molded and reshaped in just about every way possible, with ’55 Cadillac rear sheet metal used to create a shapely, one-off custom bed. It rides on a C5 Corvette chassis, complete with a Magnuson-supercharged LS1 with gold leaf detailing.
Jacob Lusk’s ’58 Chevy Apache was on a roll through the late summer, earning Builder’s Choice picks at multiple shows before getting another one in Fort Worth. It also picked up the Truck of the Year Late finalist selection. The well-detailed truck rides on an Art Morrison chassis with a stack-injected 348c.i. engine (stroked to 440c.i.) and Diamond Back whitewalls wrapped around steel wheels with rare accessory trim rings and hubcaps. Jacob sprayed the Anniversary Gold and Honey Beige paint himself.