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What’s going on – in Classic Truck Performance

By Rob Fortier

an you believe it—we’re already onto our third issue of Modern Rodding … which means the fourth issue of Classic Truck Performance is nearing completion as you read this! I wouldn’t say times flies in crazy times as such, but the last eight months have sure come and gone rather quickly—and we’re still here making magazines!

As I mentioned last month, my editorial in MR moving forward will be devoted to spreading the word regarding what’s on the horizon in sistering CTP—in the magazine, on the site, and out and about in general. As mentioned, we’re already in production on our fourth issue, which in and of itself is somewhat of a miracle in lieu of the current social climate and whatnot.

1949 Chevy five-window out in warehouse
For the December issue of CTP (which, by the way, marks the first of our monthlies as we leave the bi-monthly schedule in the dust!), we’ve got an amazing feature on one not-so-subtle 1949 Chevy five-window out of West Texas simply dubbed “Heirloom.” From the hands of Robby Collvins of Collvins Collision and Customs and Kyle Hix of Hix Design, this is one 3100 like no other—literally! Resting on an unmodified C5 Corvette platform (which necessitated a substantial “widebody” mod!), the custom-mixed root beer brown exterior transformation was handled by Collvins, while Hix tooled the truck’s plethora of leatherwork, from the engine bay (yes, you read that right!) to the elaborate interior of the chopped cab. Above and beyond that, the creativeness goes one step further, courtesy of the vision and skill of sawmill artisan Allen Phillips of ArchFern, who laminated a custom bed floor in the shape of his girlfriend using an array of native Texas hardwoods (which Collvins also used for the cab floor surface).

You’ll have to grab yourself a copy of the Dec. ’20 Classic Truck Performance to read all about this amazing work of art, along with some fantastic how-to articles, including a 1967-1972 C10 pre-finished/precut bedwood install, Task Force Chevy door patch tips, and a “retro” OBS Chevy frontend drop!

Modern Rodding | November/December 2020