• What Are The Best Trucks Out There? Pt. 3

    The Dodge brothers started out as enterprising young men, making parts for Oldsmobile, Ford, and others. Then they struck out on their own, with the first Dodge Brothers automobile in 1914. Their first trucks were based on the car chassis and were bought up by the military for use in World War I.
  • What Are The Best Trucks Out There? Pt. 2

    Now, as a Chevy guy, lets move on to the trucks that I feel should have the number 1 spot. The C/K series started back in 1960, and ran through 1999, when they were replaced by the Silverado and the Sierra (which were trim packages up until that point). The C-Series was the two wheel drive designation, while the K was for the Four wheel drives.
  • What Are The Best Trucks Out There?

    Ok, let’s face it, this might just be the biggest argument in the automotive world, and we know that there will never be a unanimous answer. Today, we will look at the Ford F-Series, and we will cover Chevy and Dodge later.
  • History of Toyota Trucks

    Ok, so who doesn’t love the Toyota truck? Great body lines, decent power and a great bang for the buck. But, what do you know about the little truck that could?
  • A Look at Jeep Wrangler Models Through the Years - Part III

    We have covered the YJ’s and the TJ’s, so now we only have one to go (for now): The JK’s. The third-generation Wrangler was released for the 2007 model year. Along with the traditional 2-door model, a 4-door Unlimited model was released.
  • A Look at Jeep Wrangler Models Through the Years - Part II

    Let's take a look at the different Jeep Wrangler TJ models (trim packages) that were available during the 1997 to 2006 run. There were no less then 14 ... Makes you wonder if every color combination had its own model.
  • A Look at Jeep Wrangler Models Through the Years - Part I

    Ever wonder what all those Jeep Wrangler names mean? There were so many styles of Jeep Wranglers, and not all of them were just different trim levels. The Wranglers first came around in 1987, so let’s start at the beginning and take a ride through the years.
  • Ford Lightning: One Badass Truck

    One of the baddest trucks to ever come out was the Ford Lightning. Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) went above and beyond with this one. Picture a Cobra that could tow… a Cobra.
  • The Rumble Bee

    When the Rumble Bee came out, it was like our muscle car dreams had finally come true. It reminded us of our high school days, street racing with our Chevelles, Camaros, Chargers and our Super Bee’s. Sweet cars, and fun times.

    2005 Rumble Bee by Midnight1287

    Not since the “Lil Red Express” did we have a real muscle truck. Sure, we had the Chevy SS and the Ford Lightning, but those seemed more like trucks first, with the cool factor added later.

    Hell, we have been building trucks like that on our own for years, but the Rumble Bee’s first job was showing off and being a brute. It looked the part, even if the motor was still a stock Ram Hemi … a stock hemi, doesn’t sound too bad. This was to be a “Limited Edition” of 3,700, but with some dash plaques reading 4,800 and above, we are not quite sure how many were really made. What we do know is that people who bought the truck as an investment were left feeling a little hurt. Those who bought the truck to show off were unbelievably happy with it.

    2004 Dodge Ram Rumble Bee

    The Bee only came with two color options: Black or Solar Yellow. Both paint jobs came to life with addition of the “Rumble Bee” stripes. This appearance package gave the customer the same available options as on the "Sport" trucks such as painted bumpers, 20" chrome-clad aluminum wheels, and bright grille inserts.

    In addition, the package also included a brushed aluminum fuel door, chrome exhaust tip, lower rocker panel fascia or "ground effects", and a hood scoop. The hood scoop was non-functional, but helped give the truck its muscle car look.

    The interior of the Rumble Bee shares an interior similar to that of the SLT trucks with some extras. The special center dash bezel was painted bright yellow with a dash plaque indicating its “Limited Edition” production number. The premium door panels sported the same special bright yellow inserts and "Bee" decals on them. All Rumble Bee's came with cloth seats, which could be upgraded to leather upon customers request - and many requested.

    The Rumble Bee may not have come with the 426’s, or the 440’s of the 1960s and ‘70s, but the 5.7 with its 345hp was still in the ballpark. Remember, a 1969 440 came with 350, 375 and 390 hp ratings. Not far off, and with some work (Procharger), well over 400 at the wheels. Overall, a very cool truck with lots of curb appeal, and the ponies to back it up.

    As we move forward in the automotive timeline, Chrysler is once again setting itself apart from its performance competition with cars like the SRT8’s, the Hell Cat and now the Demon. We can only hope that they come out with their newest version of the SRT10 truck, and hopefully it will look as cool as the Rumble Bee.

  • The Story of the Big Green Monster: Who I Am Part II

    Let’s bring Joey back in. The Little Red &%#@ ball had a huge impact on his truck life. He had to have one. Maybe two was the right answer. His ‘87 didn’t last long (thanks Michele), but the brand new ‘89 still has a home today. (Sorry Joey, you needed a new book.) I’ve tried to talk him into giving it away, crushing it, taking a video of it slowly rusting in a field, but he will not let it go. That truck is on its 3rd motor, 2nd bed, 2nd set of seats.

    Ever had a Toyota? They just won’t die, no matter how hard you try. At this point, I won’t let him get rid of it. I have tools, knowledge and talent. It’s not dead, it’s just ready for the next step in its life. So many years of camping, hunting and just driving.

    One year, it was just a quick last-minute trip to Vegas. It seems that the Little Red &%#@ was always there. So many trips, and watching all of the kids grow up with it. Dude, you can never get rid of it, ever.

    Anyway, back to my trucks. Mine were better anyway. At one point, my kids and I had the Big Green Monster. Their name for it, not mine. I just called it the Blazer.

    It was a 1974 Chevy K5, full convertible, 350 cid, 4-speed granny geared, slightly lifted (3 inches, a whole other story) Blazer. It was the original dark green, black top (when it was on) with cheap chrome wheels. I LOVED THIS TRUCK! We are talking about 20 years ago, and there are parts of the Blazer that still make it into new (or old) projects. I will never let it go… ever.

    Next, did you know that if you weld an extra 12 inches into the stock roll bar of a ‘74 blazer, it will fit in the bed of a 1984 K10? Square body. SQUARE BODY! I kept the 4-speed and the 205 transfer case, but never got around to the conversion.

    A 700r4 is really kind of cool. It was stolen - twice. Some things just were not meant to be. Really sucked. At 10,000 feet above sea level, snow all the way up to my butt, and there I am, changing out the hubs. That truck never left me stranded, until it left me for the last time.

    Keep an eye out for a 1984 K10, 355 cid built roller motor, short bed with a 4-inch lift, brown with tan inserts. Feel free to call the Denver Police (I can give you the case number if it helps).

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