Part one of series of articles that shows you how to build a truck on a budget that doesn’t look budget.
Throughout the last couple of years the term “budget” has been used to death by every form of media referring to the current state of the United States economy. Every night on the television news broadcasts, we hear more and more about how broke our country really is.
This story we are going to address the foundation of the project which will set the tone of the remaining pieces of this puzzle, the frame and bed floor.
When we started this project the big in emphasis was to drive the truck as much as we could, so it makes sense to make it ride good, handle well, and sit right using the best parts possible.
Introduced back in the later part of the last century, the LS series of power-plants are fast becoming a top choice to power a classic project. They’ve proven themselves as an affordable model for daily use while still providing a fair amount of horse-power to push along an older truck down the road.
I just saw a quote on a forum site that made me smile, and really think about what all this stuff is about. The quote of course was “if I had all the money back that I’ve spent on cars, I’d spend it on cars again.” Seems fair right? I mean who just wants to build one truck in their life? Besides it’s not about the destination, it’s the trip that gets you there. That’s what this series of articles is all about, getting together with a group of friends and building a cool cruiser without spending major bucks.
I have to say that I’m the definition of the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none.” For over the last 20 odd years or so, I’ve build engines, cut up suspensions, beat on metal, and recreated some great looking, but the one thing that I always been hesitant to attempt is re-wiring a vehicle.
Over the past few months we showed you how bring back a truck from the dead and have a blast with it on a working man’s budget. Having the essentials down such as the suspension, paint, wheels, electrical, and the drive-train already covered in our past issues, it’s only fitting to move into the interior of the truck.