Built Vs. Bought, 'Bags Vs. Hydros, Driven Vs. Trailered. These are all very common on-going debates in the minitruck community.
With different sides and opinions, they're sort of like the "politics" of minitruckin'; whether you're a Democrat or Republican, you'll always have your opinion and not much can sway it in either direction. We've visited the 'bags and hydro debates before, and we covered the built vs. bought debate in our October '08 issue. So, with this being a special tribute issue for the show trucks out there that are built to be driven, we figured this would be a good issue to touch on the driven vs. trailered debate.
To do something a little different we interviewed quite a few different influential people in the minitruck community, from shop owners, to cover truck builders and owners, to editors, to the everyday average reader, so we could compile opinions from all angles and sides of the debate. At the end of the story you can check out the last page and read a bunch of the actual quotes from the dudes that do this minitruck thing day in and day out to see what they have to say about it.
In this issue we also did a How To Tow story to help you get your truck to and from the shop and shows, safe and sound, so be sure and check it out. Now let's get to the debate!
Drive Your Truck
The majority of people interviewed agreed that they would rather drive their truck whenever possible. However, there are pros and cons to every side. So, what are the pros and cons of driving your truck?
* Enjoyment of your hard work
* Respect for a truck that functions as good as it looks
* The occasional "non destructive" draggin'
* Feeling of accomplishment
* There's nothing cooler than cruisin' with your buds
* Possible damage to paint from rock chips
* Door dings, scratches, etc. from careless people
* Possible car accident
* Blown 'bags, lines, and so on
* Harassment from the Police on illegal mods
* Mileage affecting resale value
Now, taking the pros and cons into consideration, most people have no problem driving, draggin', and cruisin' their under construction, or daily driven minis. It's the fully painted, custom show trucks that have the most to consider, and the most to lose should something go wrong. This is why it is completely ignorant and unfair for the guy with a primered S-10 (there's nothing wrong with primered S-10s, just making an example) to say that the guy that's invested over three years and $30K plus to build up his show truck, should "drag and destroy" his investment. Is it nice to see a gorgeous show truck rolling down the street? Hell yeah, that's why this month's cover truck is so sweet! But is it fair to say that if the owner wants to trailer it to a show 500 miles away, that his truck is any less cool? No, not at all!
We are going to give it to you straight here. There is no shame what so ever in trailering your ride! In fact most of our cover trucks that you love to see month after month are both driven AND trailered. Trailering your truck is a must if it doesn't run, of if you have to get it from shop to shop, etc. It's also important when you want to avoid road damage to your fully powdercoated and chromed out chassis. Is there a place for the average daily driven truck on the show grounds? Of course! That's why there's different classes at a show. It wouldn't be fair for the guy who has about $5-10K in his daily driver to compete against the Best of Show winner that might have dumped $50K into his ride, fully detailed inside and out. Same thing goes at the Hot Rod shows. You think those guys catch flack for putting their car on a trailer? Nope! Here's the pros and cons we gathered on trailering your truck.
* Protect your investment from damage
* Transport your non running truck
* Travel to shows far away and arrive damage free
* Take more than one car to a show
* Not driving and enjoying your ride
* Possible to still get damaged on trailer
* Don't get the same reaction as driving into a show
Driven vs. Trailered quotes
"It doesn't take a genius to weld a bunch of tubes together and make it look cool, but it takes a lot more work to build a fully functional and drivable truck. I find much more fun in driving something than to just take it to a show on a trailer to showoff. If you build your truck just to show, then it's dated to that particular year, but if you build a truck that drives and performs, you can enjoy it for years to come! We build more than just paperweights that look pretty, but if the owner wants to keep it nice, than it's their choice to trailer it. But for my own personal trucks, I'd rather get road damage than shop damage any day!"
Aaron Iha, Cover Truck Owner and Builder, Chassis By Aaron Iha
Trailers are a necessary evil. Unfortunately shows aren't held in your garage or backyard, and taking a truck that is illegally modified to a show a few hundred miles away can get you some pretty nasty tickets or worse. If your truck is fairly legal and you feel like driving it hundreds of miles to a show then hats off, but don't automatically just hate on the trailer queens."
Johnny O., Mini Truckin' Magazine Freelancer
"I think every truck should be able to be driven to shows. But realistically, with 25 series tires, big rims, big motors, crappy roads, and comfort sacrificed, it's not always that practical."
Bob Grant, Grant Kustoms
"I'm a firm believer in driving my truck. However, I also believe in trailering your full show truck to keep it clean and damage free."
Jeff Davy, Devious Customs
"I think you should drive what you build, and if it gets wrecked (like mine did) at least you got to enjoy it!"
Joel "Grommit" Sadenwasser, Mini Truck of the Year 2007
"Drive it if it's a non full-show truck, and trailed if it's a fully finished and detailed show truck. If you drive a full-show truck, don't expect to win with rock chips, etc."
Bobby Martins, Cover Truck Owner and Builder, Sadistic Iron Werks
"I say, drive your show piece, and trailer your masterpiece. Someday I'll be happy to do either one again!"
Mike Alexander, Editor In Chief, Mini Truckin' Magazine
"I think as long as you're supporting the scene and showing your truck, it doesn't really matter how you get there, just be there!"
Ernie Macias, Cover Truck Owner and Mini Truckin' Magazine Freelancer
"I've done it both ways, but I prefer driving a ''bagged truck rather than just showing up with one on a trailer. I'm more proud of the trucks with twenty thousand miles on a body drop, than the ones that don't get registered or see the road. In a lot of ways it makes a truck that much cooler knowing it gets put through the ringer, and still looks good."
Eric Salibas, Cover Truck Owner and Builder, Little Shop of Horrors
"Drive your Sh@#!"
Josh Freeman, Mini Truck of the Year 2008
"I build drivers, so it's important that my show cars can be driven. But at the same time, I hate to see a nicely finished vehicle deteriorate from the abuse of being driven. So I'm on the edge of both sides. I don't feel either is wrong as long as the vehicle is driveable."
Max Fish, Bio Kustomz Owner and Mini Truckin' Magazine Freelancer
"In my opinion, there's no truck too nice to be driven. Life's too short to worry about what might happen. Enjoy your truck while you can! You can wreck your truck just as easy on a trailer. Hell, I was there the night the Blazerado was wrecked on the trailer."
Jamey Jordan, Innovative Customs