HoonTruck: The Video Intro…

You’ve met her in pictures, but now say hello to HoonTruck in video form. I’ll admit there hasn’t been much progress yet, but we have many parts now in the garage. So I had to get off my ass to shoot this so I can start diving in and getting some parts put on the truck.
Our new friends at LMC Truck have helped us out with a slew of items. There’s a new RF fender, rollpan, steering wheel, and a truck cover. Additionally, I’ve sourced a Retrosound radio from them, which looks old school but features bluetooh connectivity and USB inputs in the rear. Also, the truck has a set of Cragar D Windows (or Daytonas) ready to go on once the new rubber arrives.
The first upgrade we’ll be doing? New eyes! Our friends at Peterson lighting sent over a set of new seven-inch round lamps that allow us to get rid of the stock lights. These new units are LED and will throw a greater beam while drawing less energy.
On the mechanical side, there’s a new (and correct-facing) fan under the hood, and I’ll be changing the thermostat this week. Stay tuned for much more soon…

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  1. crank_case Avatar

    That engine bay is so big, you could pay a small child to crawl in and work on the less accessible bits victorian industrialist stylee..

  2. Alff Avatar

    Peterson Lighting? Never heard of ’em.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Me neither.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        How much are those 7″ round LEDs? I saw some online a couple of years ago, that were meant for 18-wheelers, and they were about $400.00 apiece. Ouch.

        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          Okay, a quick check revealed about $350 a pop, but I found them here for $231.83:
          Still, expensive.

          1. Tanshanomi Avatar

            $180 from Amazon.

      2. boxdin Avatar

        Peterson has been around since the 1960s and make most ICC lights; the 5 lights above the cab on 10k GVW + trucks and trailer lights etc.

        1. Tanshanomi Avatar

          Thanks for the info, but it’s a joke; I work there. And they’ve been around since 1945.

          1. theskitter Avatar

            Speaking of, I handed off your contact information. Did anyone ever get back to you?

          2. Tanshanomi Avatar

            Get back to me on what?

          3. theskitter Avatar

            About the NASA spec car. They actually just asked me to re-forward your email.

  3. Kiefmo Avatar

    I love this truck. So. Much. I will have one.
    OT: Worlds colliding for me.
    A guy I know, for whom I wrote a couple of guest reviews on his car blog, works for LMC in Kansas City.
    I just sent him a text asking if he was the one working with you. Yup.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      It seems all his stuff is coming from KC — Long Motor is about 15 miles from Peterson.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker


      1. Kiefmo Avatar

        That’s him.

  4. engineerd Avatar

    I still want to make sweet, dirty love to this truck. I’ll be out there for Christmas. Make sure she’s taking her pill.

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      Ooh, can I watch?

      1. engineerd Avatar

        If that’s what floats your boat! Who am I to judge?

  5. 7FIAT's Later Avatar
    7FIAT’s Later

    Don’t you just love finding all the shade tree crap others have done to a project vehicle? That speaker is a absolute stunning example. I once owned a car that the PO must have lost a lot of hardware bolts during a questionable repaint and replaced them with oversized wood screws.

  6. Scoutdude Avatar

    Good to see you got the fan taken care of. The glass for those filters is tempered so it won’t blow up but the element doesn’t really filter very well it functions as more as a strainer.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      I had one develop a hairline crack in the glass. I haven’t used one since, so I don’t know if the manufacturing has changed, but it definitely was the source of a fuel leak.

  7. JayP Avatar

    First thing should be to replace that bulging cooling hose. The inner lining has ruptured and is putting pressure on the outer lining. In other words- it’s about to blow.
    Second thing should be to dump that crap on the intake and mount some dual quads.
    Third- get a second job to pay for the petrol you are gonna need.

    1. 7FIAT's Later Avatar
      7FIAT’s Later

      No kidding about gas consumption running a 390, I had the one in my 73 F-250 rebuilt, new carb, upgraded ignition and had a old Ford mechanic make sure all the vaccum lines and anything else was hooked up correctly and I still only get between 12-14 mpg.

      1. JayP Avatar

        The 390 in the shortbed F100 just drank gas. The 4 barrel was jacked so the secondaries opened with the primaries.Maybe 6-7mpg? But that truck would f’ning move.

  8. boxdin Avatar

    No suspension mods? Bolt the Crown Vic front end w the entire eng/trans too. You’re gonna hate the twin I beams and terrible brakes/steering. There is even youtube videos on DIY you CV100..
    Crown Vic 100 !!

  9. salguod Avatar

    The 390 predates this truck, but perhaps not in truck applications. They started putting them in T’birds in 1961.