Dear Mini Truckin',
I'm a proud sheetmetal troop in the U.S. Air Force. The job does cross over into the truck scene very much, thank God! I love the magazine; it's very insightful and humorous with good photos. After my '68 VW bug was totaled, I needed something to drive. I bought my grandfather's '91 Nissan Hardbody and had no idea how much I would learn on this truck. I took paint classes at Yuba Community College in California and picked the brain of a guy who had a project Hardbody. The person who had painted the Nissan before I got it must have used a grinder to prep the body. Coat after coat of high-build primer and months of bodywork later, I gave the truck a coat of baby blue with white pearl. I have learned to weld, paint, do minor interior work, tint windows, install stereos, do brakes and suspension, and much more on my mini. I have had a lot of luck and friends' help along the way. Thank you for a great magazine. I only ask that you do more how-tos on basics in order to recruit the new generation of mini-truckers. Also, could you do some profiles on some of the major clubs that our sport has to offer?
A1C Michael S. Clifford
Tyndall AFB, Fl
It's awesome to hear how you got started in the mini-truck scene. This is what our scene is all about. The majority of our readers work on a low budget and a lot has to be done without the help of others. Tech articles are crucial to our scene growing and becoming a force to be reckoned with. Anytime an interesting tech article is brought up to us it is definitely researched. We have been throwing some more hard-core articles in as of late due to the scene taking a huge leap forward in quality and innovation. But rest assured, we will run simple tech articles as they are presented to us as long as we think the readers will think it is interesting and can hopefully learn from it. As for club profiles, funny you asked: We will be doing club profiles, shop profiles, and profiles of anything that we feel the readers will connect with in the not-too-distant future.
All right, I can't find it. All I want is a tool or dye set that makes louvers. The Internet isn't helping, so I'm turning to the pros. Please tell me how I can make my own louver hood.
Mike from Twisted Addictions,
The Sunshine State
Looks like you're going old-school on us. First of all, for all of you out there who want louvers, keep in mind Sir Michaels used to be called Sir Michaels Louver Company. After a call down to the sheetmetal wizards we found out that the lack of interest in louvers hasn't diminished the company's hopes that one day they will be back in style. SM's presses are still in working order and the crew there louvers plenty of products on a regular basis for local customers. As for the tools to louver, from what we understand the dyes to accomplish such a feat have to be made to order by a tool and dye company. We are talking big bucks, and then you would need a press to do them, which is even more money. We suggest you contact Sir Michaels at (800) 900-4944, www.sirmichaels.com.