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HP Tuners, LLC.
HP Tuner, VCM Suite with MPVI Pro and GM Credits, Kit
American Powertrain Systems
Tremec T-56 Complete Manual Transmission Conversion Kit With Hydramax Hydraulic Slave Kit, White Lightning Shifter, And Quicktime Bell Housing
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6.5FT Bed Replacement Panels
NCM Motorsports Park
The National Corvette Museum embarked on one of the most exciting and significant expansion projects in the nearly 20-year history of the Museum when on June 28, 2013 it broke ground on a 184 acre Motorsports Park. The $20 million, dual-track attraction will provide motorsports enthusiasts with a new favorite destination. The two circuits, “East” and “West” can be combined into multiple configurations ranging from a high speed loop of 1.96 miles to an extended 3.15 mile technical course.
Pace Performance
LT1 Wet-Sump 6.2L 460HP Crate Engine
Peitz Performance Tunes
Peitz Performance Tunes offers in-house dyno tuning and remote tuning services
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The Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware, and Shop Supplies

Episode Transcript

(NARRATOR)>> IT'S JUDGEMENT DAY FOR THE C-10, OUR '71 HALF TON SPORTING A NEWOLD PAINT JOB AND A CORVETTE ENGINE UNDER THE HOOD. FROM THE DYNO, TO THE STREET, TO THE RACE TRACK, WE'LL

PUT HER THROUGH THE PACES. THAT'S ALL RIGHT NOW ON TRUCK TECH.

(LT)>> WHEN IT COMES TO DECIDING WHAT PROJECTS TO WORK ON WE LIKE TO LISTEN TO YOU GUYS, OUR VIEWERS, WHO REAFFIRMED OUR LOVE OF THE '67 TO '72 CHEVY C-10.

(JEREMY)>> AND FOR OUR TRUCK THAT WE BUILT LAST SEASON, WELL TODAY WE'RE PUTTING IT TO BED, PUN INTENDED.

(LT)>> THAT'S RIGHT! NOW THERE'S PROBABLY A COUPLE DOZEN DIFFERENT WAYS WE COULD HAVE BUILT THIS TRUCK, FROM A BONE STOCK NUT AND BOLT RESTORATION, WHICH IS PRETTY BORING, TO AN ALL OUT CUSTOM SHOW TRUCK, BUT WHAT WE REALLY WANTED WAS SOMETHING THAT LOOKS PRETTY UNASSUMING FROM THE OUTSIDE.

(JEREMY)>> YEAH AND UNDERNEATH WE'VE GOT THE MODERN DRIVETRAIN THAT WE WANTED, WHICH GIVES US A VERY

DEPENDABLE TRUCK WITH A WHOLE LOT OF POWER. WE STARTED WITH A FAIRLY CLEAN TRUCK AND DIDN'T WASTE ANY TIME TEARING IT DOWN. WE THEN UNBOLTED ALL THE SHEET METAL, THE CAB, AND BED. WE BEGAN BY SANDING THE FRAME, PAINTING IT, AND INSTALLED AN AIR SUSPENSION TO LET THE TRUCK SIT LOW TO THE GROUND.

(LT)>> BUT THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE BUILD IS DEFINITELY WHAT WE STUFFED UNDERNEATH THE HOOD, THIS PACE PERFORMANCE LT ONE CRATE ENGINE, WHICH TAKES A PAGE STRAIGHT OUT OF GM'S MUSCLE CAR PLAYBOOK. THE GEN FIVE LT ONE IS WEDGED BETWEEN THE RAILS OF BOTH THE CORVETTE STINGRAY AND THE CAMARO SS, AND THE ADVANCED

TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS HIGH PERFORMANCE WITH GREATER FUEL EFFICIENCY, THANKS IN PART TO DIRECT INJECTION, VARIABLE VALVE TIMING, AND ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT.

(JEREMY)>> WE MATED IT WITH AN AMERICAN POWERTRAIN MAGNUM SIX SPEED AND A PRO FIT KIT, WHICH MADE FOR A SEAMLESS INSTALLATION. ONCE IN PLACE, OUR C-10 CAME TOGETHER PRETTY EASILY.

(LT)>> WE SPENT A LITTLE TIME BEHIND THE SCENES AND TOOK CARE OF SOME OF THOSE LAST MINUTE DETAILS. THE BRAKES ARE BLED, ALL THE LIGHTS ARE WIRED UP, AND WE GAVE THE TRUCK A COMPLETE NUT AND BOLT INSPECTION.

(JEREMY)>> ALL RIGHT MAN, LET'S HIT THE ROAD.

(LT)>> ALL RIGHT!

[ engine starts ]

(LT)>> HOW LONG DID WE HAVE THIS TRUCK IN THE SHOP?

(JEREMY)>> I'D SAY ABOUT NINE MONTHS WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS THING.

(LT)>> IT FLEW BY FAST BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, I AM GLAD WE FINALLY GOT THIS ONE DONE AND OUT ON THE ROAD.

(JEREMY)>> I KNOW MAN. YOU KNOW, IT'S ALWAYS A BLAST TO ACTUALLY GET IT OUT, DRIVE IT, ENJOY IT, AND MAN YOU CAN'T BEAT TODAY, AND YOU KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF GUYS OUT THERE TO LOOK AT THIS TRUCK FOR WHAT WE DID TO IT WITH THE LT ONE AND THE AMERICAN POWERTRAIN SIX SPEED AND ALL THAT AND SAY, MAN, THAT TRUCK DESERVES A MUCH BETTER PAINT JOB, BUT AT THE END OF THE

DAY THIS IS ACTUALLY A HIGH QUALITY PAINT JOB. IT'S JUST GOT THAT ARTISTIC TOUCH FOR WHAT WE WERE GOING FOR. WE KNEW WE WANTED SOMETHING THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT PATINA, NOT TOO CRAZY, BUT JUST ENOUGH TO WHERE, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.

(LT)>> AND YOU KNOW FOR ME, HAVING A TRUCK THAT'S MEANT TO BE DRIVEN, THAT'S ALL IN THE DRIVETRAIN, AND YOU KNOW IT. SO PICKING THAT LT ONE CRATE ENGINE, I THINK, WAS THE BEST MOVE THAT WE COULD HAVE MADE. 460 HORSEPOWER!

(JEREMY)>> IT'S A BEAST MAN!

(LT)>> AND IT WILL GET GREAT FUEL MILEAGE, AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT MANUAL TRANSMISSION, SHIFTING YOUR OWN GEARS, THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO HAVE A SPORT TRUCK REALLY. LATER ON WE'RE GONNA TRAILER OUR C-10 TO THE RACE TRACK FOR A REAL WORLD HIGH PERFORMANCE SHAKEDOWN, BUT BEFORE WE DO, THE LT ONE IS NEEDING SOME CUSTOM TUNING.

(JEREMY)>> WE INVITED BACK OUR OLD FRIEND ALEX PIETZ, WHO IS AN LS AFICIONADO WHEN IT COMES TO SQUEEZING EVERY LAST PONY OUT OF MODERN FUEL INJECTED ENGINES. [ engine revving ]

(ALEX)>> WELL MY SHOP'S NAME IS PIETZ PERFORMANCE TUNES. WE'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR A LITTLE OVER A YEAR IN OUR CURRENT LOCATION. WE CURRENTLY DO TUNING. WE DO ENGINE MODIFICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE, AND WE DO A LITTLE BIT OF FABRICATION, AND WE REALLY SPECIALIZE IN GM, FORD, AND DODGE.

(JEREMY)>> HE PROVED HIS WORTH LAST SEASON ON OUR SUPERCHARGED RAM, TUNING THIS BOOSTED FIVESEVEN HEMI TO 126 HORSEPOWER OVER STOCK.

(LT)>> AND THE FIVE POINT THREE LITER VORTEC NEEDED A

TUNE AFTER ADDING A TURBO, HOT CAM, AND PERFORMANCE EXHAUST. ALEX WENT IN AND MADE ADJUSTMENTS TO FUEL MIXTURE, TIMING, AND BOOST, AND BROUGHT THE POWER UP TO NEARLY 500 HORSES.

(ALEX)>> WOW, THIS IS AWESOME! YOU GUYS DID A GOOD JOB.

(LT)>> MOST ENGINES LEAVE THE FACTORY WITH A STOCK TUNE. CONNECT THE HARNESS AND IT'LL RUN RIGHT OUT OF THE CRATE. THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL BE OPTIMIZED FOR YOUR SPECIFIC APPLICATION.

(ALEX)>> I USE HP TUNERS EXCLUSIVELY BECAUSE IT'S THE BEST TOOL OUT THERE ON THE MARKET, HANDS DOWN. THINK ABOUT THE THINGS WE MODIFIED ON THE TRUCK. SO WE'VE GOT A DIFFERENT INTAKE, WE'VE GOT A DIFFERENT EXHAUST. I'M GOING TO ACCOUNT FOR THOSE CHANGES IN THE TUNE, MODIFY THE TUNE TO ACCOUNT FOR THAT. THEN WE'RE GOING TO TAKE IT OUT ON THE ROAD. WE'RE GOING TO TEST IT AND SEE IF OUR CHANGES MADE A GOOD DIFFERENCE, AND MAKE SURE THE DATA LOOKS GOOD, MAKE SURE THE ENGINE'S RUNNING PROPERLY. SO THEN WE CAN BRING IT BACK ONTO THE DYNO AND TO DO SOME

WIDE OPEN THROTTLE TESTING AND TUNING.

(NARRATOR)>> HOW MUCH POWER CAN ALEX DIAL IN? FIND OUT NEXT!

(LT)>> WE'RE BACK ON TRUCK TECH, AND IT'S TEST AND TUNE DAY FOR OUR '71 CHEVY C-10 PICK UP. WE ENLISTED THE SERVICES OF OUR FRIEND ALEX PIETZ OF PIETZ PERFORMANCE TUNES, AND BEFORE WE STRAPPED HER TO THE CHASSIS DYNO, ALEX NEEDS TO LOG OUR LT ONE CORVETTE CRATE MOTOR TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS RUNNING SAFELY. HOW DOES THIS LT ONE RESPOND TO SAY A TURBO, OR A BIG CENTRIFUGAL?

(ALEX)>> OH IT LOVES IT. ONE CONSIDERATION ON THE LT ONES IS THE PISTONS, IT'S

ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO UPGRADE YOUR ROTATING ASSEMBLY, BUT THE POWER THAT YOU CAN GET OUT OF AN LT ONE SAFELY IS A LITTLE BIT LOWER THAN A REGULAR LS. SO IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO UPGRADE THE PISTONS AND RODS AT LEAST.

(LT)>> I GOT YOU. SO TALKING ABOUT LIKE A STOCK BOTTOM END LT ONE, WHAT'S LIKE SAY THE HIGHEST SAFE HORSEPOWER YOU GO IN A STOCK BOTTOM END? SAY A GUY JUST BOUGHT A BRAND NEW CORVETTE AND HE WANTS TO BOOST THE THING?

(ALEX)>> AROUND 650, 700 HORSEPOWER.

(LT)>> WOW, I MEAN THAT'S PLENTY RESPECTABLE.

(ALEX)>> OH ABSOLUTELY, YOU JUST HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH THE SPARK COMMANDS THAT YOU RUN. THEY TYPICALLY DON'T, THEY'RE A VERY EFFICIENT ENGINE. SO THE MORE EFFICIENT THE ENGINE IS THE LESS TIMING YOU

NEED TO RUN TO MAKE GOOD POWER WITH IT.

(LT)>> SO IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S PLENTY OF POTENTIAL THERE.

(ALEX)>> OH ABSOLUTELY, THEY'RE GREAT ENGINES. THE HEADS FLOW PHENOMENAL, AND THERE'S REALLY NOT THAT MUCH TO BE GAINED IN THE HEADS HONESTLY. NOW EVEN AT SAM TECH WHERE WE TRY TO IMPROVE ON THEM, THERE'S REALLY NOT MUCH IMPROVEMENT TO BE HAD WITH THEM UNLESS YOU GO PRETTY WILDLY.

(LT)>> WELL AND THE CYLINDER HEAD IS REALLY WHERE YOU MAKE MOST OF YOUR POWER RIGHT.

(ALEX)>> ABSOLUTELY, AND BECAUSE THAT CYLINDER HEAD FLOWS SO WELL, THAT'S EVEN MORE OF A REASON WHY YOU DON'T NEED TO ADVANCE THE TIMING AS MUCH AT WIDE OPEN THROTTLE.

(LT)>> SO OUR ENGINE IS BASICALLY A BONE STOCK CRATE ENGINE.

YOU KNOW WE HAVE HEADERS ON IT AND WE HAVE AN AIR INTAKE, WHICH IS, IT'S BASICALLY STOCK. WHAT WOULD YOU, IF YOU HAD TO GUESS, WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT THIS TRUCK WOULD DYNO AT THE REAR WHEELS BEFORE MAKING ANY TUNING ADJUSTMENTS?

(ALEX)>> TYPICALLY SOMEWHERE AROUND 400 TO 415 HORSEPOWER, THAT'S WHAT I SEE.

(LT)>> WELL LET'S HEAD TO THE DYNO.

LET'S DO A BASELINE AND SEE HOW MUCH MORE POWER WE GET OUT OF THIS THING.

(ALEX)>> SOUNDS GREAT! [ engine revving ]

(LT)>> ALL RIGHT, FIRE IT UP.

(JEREMY)>> NOW WE'VE MOVED OVER TO THE ENGINE POWER SHOP WHERE THE C-10 IS UP ON THE CHASSIS DYNO. NOW THIS IS THE TIME FOR ALEX TO ADJUST TUNING FOR WIDE OPEN THROTTLE. NOW WE'LL MAKE A FIRST PASS TO GET A BASELINE AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE, AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL PULL SOME HIDDEN HORSEPOWER FROM OUR LT ONE. [ engine revving ]

(LT)>> WELL OUR FIRST ONE WAS 388 HORSEPOWER AND 391 POUND FEET OF TORQUE. ALEX NEEDS TO MAKE A COUPLE OF ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CALIBRATION SO WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE FUEL AND WE'LL TRY ANOTHER RUN. RPM AND THROTTLE POSITION HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN THRESHOLDS SET BY GM BEFORE THE COMPUTER DELIVERS THE

EXTRA FUEL NEEDED TO MAKE MORE POWER. THIS IS WHERE THE LT ONE'S POWER ENRICHMENT MODE COMES INTO PLAY. ALEX WILL ADJUST THE PARAMETERS

EFFECTING THESE SETTINGS.

(ALEX)>> IT MIGHT SOUND COMPLICATED BUT HONESTLY, WITH THE USE OF A PROPER TOOL LIKE HP TUNERS AND WITH A LITTLE

BIT OF KNOWLEDGE, IT'S NOT TOO BAD.

(LT)>> ALL RIGHT, LET'S DO ANOTHER RUN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

(ALEX)>> ALL RIGHT, SOUNDS GOOD.

(JEREMY)>> I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT IT DOES. [ engine revving ]

(JEREMY)>> WE'RE AT 417 ON POWER, 428 TORQUE.

THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD GAIN FOR JUST SECOND PULL.

(LT)>> YOU KNOW THE MIXTURE CAME DOWN. WE'RE ABOUT 13.5 TO ONE. WHAT DO YOU THINK? DO WE NEED TO KEEP GOING?

(ALEX)>> YEAH, WE'RE DEFINITELY GONNA NEED TO RICHEN IT UP A LITTLE BIT MORE, GET TO OUR COMMANDED 12.6, BUT I THINK WE'RE DEFINITELY ON OUR WAY.

(LT)>> ABSOLUTELY, AND WE'RE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THAT'S PRETTY GOOD POWER. WORK YOUR MAGIC.

(ALEX)>> ALL RIGHT, WILL DO.

(LT)>> WITH A QUICK CHECK OF THE DATA LOG ONCE AGAIN, AND A FEW MORE CHANGES IN CALIBRATION, ALEX FEELS OUR C-10 HAS A LITTLE MORE LEFT IN HER. ALL RIGHT, FIRE IT UP, LET'S DO ONE MORE. CROSS YOUR FINGERS. THIS IS THE BIG ONE.

(JEREMY)>> I THINK WE'LL GET WHAT WE WANT.

(LT)>> 500 RIGHT?

(JEREMY)>> I WISH!

(LT)>> MAYBE. [ engine revving ]

(JEREMY)>> IT SOUNDS SO MEAN.

(LT)>> MAN TRY GETTING A HONDA TO SOUND LIKE THAT, NEVER DO IT!

[ engine revving ]

(LT)>> HOLY COW! 430 HORSEPOWER, 439 POUND FEET OF TORQUE, THAT IS AWESOME!

(JEREMY)>> THAT'S A BIG PICK UP FROM 388 AND ALL WE DID WAS PUT A TUNE IN IT.

MAN THAT'S AWESOME.

(LT)>> SIX POINT TWO LITER WITH HEADERS, YOU KNOW, MY CUSTOM EXHAUST OF COURSE, AND HOLY COW, THAT'S SOME AWESOME TUNING ALEX. THAT THING REALLY LOVE THE EXTRA FUEL.

(ALEX)>> I THINK WE MADE GREAT PROGRESS ON THE DYNO.

WE WENT FROM 388 TO 430 HORSEPOWER. YOU COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER GAIN HONESTLY.

(JEREMY)>> WOOOOO!

(LT)>> GET YOU SOME OF THAT.

(NARRATOR)>> EASY DOES IT BOYS. NEXT WE RUN INTO AN OLD FRIEND.

(KEVIN)>> AND YOU REMEMBERED YOUR LIGHT SOURCE.

(LT)>> WITH OUR C-10 DYNO'ED AND A CUSTOM TUNE INSTALLED... [ engine revving ]

(JEREMY)>> MAN THIS THING SOUNDS GOOD.

(LT)>> ...WE CAN REALLY START TO ENJOY THE FULL POWER

UNLEASHED FROM THIS AMAZING ENGINE PACKAGE.

430 HORSEPOWER TO THE REAR WHEELS IS MORE THAN WE'LL EVER NEED RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE HIGHWAY. AFTER ALL, WE BUILT THIS TRUCK AS A DAILY DRIVER, AND BROTHERS TRUCK PARTS MADE IT EASY TO RESTORE OUR CLASSIC PICK UP WITH NEW SHEET METAL, INCLUDING THIS BRAND NEW BED.

(JEREMY)>> YEAH EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. THE AIR SUSPENSION, MAN THE THING JUST KIND OF FLOATS ALONG WITH ROAD, AND THE BIG SWAY BARS THAT WE PUT ON IT. THIS THING ACTUALLY CORNERS REALLY WELL. I THINK IT'LL BE A FUN TRUCK, AND MAYBE SEE A ROAD COURSE IN THE FUTURE, MAYBE?

(LT)>> OUR NEED FOR SPEED TAKES A BACK SEAT FOR THE NEXT THING ON OUR TO DO LIST. I'M A LITTLE BIT HUNGRY.

(JEREMY)>> ME TOO.

(LT)>> I KNOW A GOOD PLACE JUST DOWN THE ROAD, HANG A RIGHT UP HERE.

(JEREMY)>> I GOT YOU. GOOD BURGERS?

(LT)>> VERY GOOD BURGERS?

(JEREMY)>> I WANT A MILKSHAKE.

(JEREMY)>> YEAH, I HOPE THEY HAVE GOOD BURGERS.

(LT)>> HERE, LADIES FIRST.

(JEREMY)>> YEAH THANKS.

( )>> WELCOME TO JUMBO HOUSE, WHAT CAN I GET FOR YOU?

(LT)> HEY THANKS, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? WHAT'S THE GOOD BURGER? ( )>> THE JOHNNY!

(LT)>> CAN I ADD BACON TO THAT?

(JEREMY)>> THIS GUY, HE'S A LITTLE STRANGE. HE DOESN'T EAT VEGETABLES.

(LT)>> NO TOMATOES! WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO. YOU GONNA HAVE THE WHOLE THING?

(JEREMY)>> I WANT THE SAME THING BUT PUT EVERY VEGETABLE ON IT YOU HAVE.

(LT)>> YOU'RE WEIRD.

(JEREMY)>> WHY IS THAT?

(LT)>> IT'S A BURGER.

(JEREMY)>> YOU WANT A BUN AND A PIECE OF MEAT AND THAT'S IT? ( )>> $4.09 IS YOUR CHANGE.

(JEREMY)>> THANK YOU MA'AM. ( )>> THANK YOU, WE'LL BRING IT OUT TO YOU OKAY?

(JEREMY)>> ALL RIGHT, THANKS. ( )>> THANK YOU!

(JEREMY)>> YOU BET!

[ horn honking ]

(JEREMY)>> MAN IT'S GOOD TO SEE IT OUTSIDE.

(LT)>> IT'S GETTING LATE OUT, LIGHTS ON.

(JEREMY)>> YEAH IT DOES. THE WHEELS SET IT OFF. I KNEW IT WOULD. THE WHEELS LOOK GOOD. THEY REALLY FIT THE STANCE OF THE TRUCK.

(LT)>> I'VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I STILL MAINTAIN TO THIS DAY THAT WHOEVER DID THE PATINA ON THE PASSENGER SIDE OF THE TRUCK REALLY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. I'M JUST SITTING HERE LOOKING AT IT, I'M NOT BIASED AT ALL.

(JEREMY)>> YOU DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD MAYBE GIVE ANY CREDIT TO THE GUY WHO KIND OF SHOWED YOU HOW TO DO THAT BY CHANCE?

( )>> ALL RIGHTY, HERE YOU GO.

(LT)>> THANKS SO MUCH, THAT LOOKS GREAT.

( )>> YOU'RE WELCOME!

(LT)>> THE SALAD ONE'S FOR YOU, THE REAL ONE'S FOR ME.

(JEREMY)>> THE REAL ONE!

(LT)>> YEAH THAT'S RIGHT.

(JEREMY)>> A MAN THAT CAN'T EAT ANY VEGETABLES.

(LT)>> NAH, YOU DON'T NEED VEGETABLES.

(JEREMY)>> YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT TASTES ABOUT AS GOOD AS THAT TRUCK LOOKS.

(LT)>> YOU SHOULD HAVE GOT THE BACON THOUGH. IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART.

(JEREMY)>> YEAH! [ horn honking ]

(KEVIN)>> HEY GUYS!

(LT)>> I DON'T KNOW IF I'VE SEEN THIS GUY ANYWHERE BEFORE OR NOT.

(KEVIN)>> I'VE SEEN IT IN PIECES ON THE SHOW. I'VE WATCHED THE BUILD. IT'S REALLY GREAT TO SEE IT OUT HERE IN THE PARKING LOT. HOW YOU GUYS DOING MAN?

(LT)>> THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN SHOWING OFF YOUR HARD WORK TO YOUR PEERS.

(JEREMY)>> WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?

(LT)>> AND HOT ROD BUILDER KEVIN TETZ IS

CERTAINLY ONE OF THEM. SINCE HIS SHOP IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD, WE ASKED HIM TO COME BY AND TAKE A LOOK.

(KEVIN)>> YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE THE MOST ABOUT IT IS THAT IT'S A NICE MIX OF OLD. THE SAYING EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN.

(JEREMY)>> WELL YOU KNOW WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE THE TRUCK. YOU KNOW, YOU BUILD SO MANY OF THESE SHOW TRUCKS AND YOU'RE SCARED TO DEATH TO GET THE THING OUT OF THE GARAGE? ALWAYS GOT A RAG IN YOUR BACK POCKET, WANTING TO WIPE IT DOWN. WE WANTED A TRUCK THAT WE COULD DRIVE IT OUT TO A PLACE LIKE THIS, GRAB A BURGER, AND IF SOMEBODY PULLS UP BESIDE US AND WE GET A DOOR DING, MAN IT'S NO BIG DEAL. ADDS TO THE PATINA RIGHT?

(KEVIN)>> PEOPLE LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT PATINA IS. PATINA IS FADING AND OXIDATION FROM THE TOP DOWN, AND YOU REMEMBERED YOUR LIGHT SOURCE. OXIDIZATION AND SUN COMES FROM THE TOP DOWN. YOUR TOP SURFACES ARE FADED. YOU KNOW, NOT DOGGING THE GUYS THAT DON'T REALLY KNOW, BUT YOU KNOW, THE AIR BRUSH GUYS, THE CUSTOM PAINT GUYS THAT ARE DOING THIS STUFF, THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT A FADE IS AND WHERE THE SUN COMES FROM. SO NICE JOB ON IT.

(JEREMY)>> THANKS MAN, I APPRECIATE THAT. YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST THOSE SUBTLE THINGS THAT MAKE IT STAND OUT.

(KEVIN)>> PEOPLE REMEMBER BACK A FEW YEARS WE DID A '51 CHEVY AND WE DID A PATINA PAINT JOB ON IT, AND YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME HATERS OUT THERE, BUT I LIKE IT.

IT'S AN EXPRESSION OF SOMEBODY'S ART, AND IT FORGIVES A LOT OF STUFF. IT MAKES A DRIVABLE VEHICLE LOOK REALLY COOL TO WHERE IT'S, IT'S JUST OKAY TO BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF IT AND IT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO BE CLEANED. SO I THINK THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB. MAN IT JUST FITS SO NICE IN THERE.

(LT)>> YEAH YOU KNOW FOR THE MOST PART THIS WAS A COMPLETELY BOLT IN SWAP. WE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO A LOT OF CUSTOM FABRICATION. YOU KNOW WE HAD TO TWEAK THE HEADERS A LITTLE BIT. IT'S PRETTY EASY TO DRAW A CROWD WHEREVER WE PARK THE C-10, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE FIRE IT UP. [ engine starts ]

(KEVIN)>> YEAH!

(JEREMY)>> HIT IT! [ engine revving ]

(KEVIN)>> I LOVE IT!

(JEREMY)>> HEY WE APPRECIATE YOU CHECKING IT OUT MAN.

(KEVIN)>> NAH MAN, YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB ON THE SHOW. I'VE BEEN WATCHING, I'M GONNA KEEP ON WATCHING.

(JEREMY)>> APPRECIATE THAT, WE REALLY DO.

[ engine revving ]

(NARRATOR)>> NEXT WE'LL PUT THE PONIES TO THE PAVEMENT.

(JEREMY)>> JUST STAY ON THE TRACK.

(LT)>> WITH 460 HORSEPOWER UNDER THE HOOD TUNED UP TO PRODUCE 430 AT THE REAR WHEELS, WE NEEDED A PLACE WHERE WE COULD TAKE OUR C-10 OUT TO STRETCH ITS LEGS, AND WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT LOSING OUR DRIVER LICENSE.

(JEREMY)>> THAT'S RIGHT, AND SINCE THE LT ONE WOULD

NORMALLY COME IN THE CSEVEN VETTE, WHAT BETTER PLACE TO BE THAN WHERE THEY'RE MANUFACTURED TODAY,

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY. I MEAN THE PLANT IS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET, AND SO IS THE NATIONAL CORVETTE MUSEUM AND ITS FAMOUS SKY DOME. YOU CAN BUY A NEW CORVETTE, LEARN ABOUT ITS HISTORY HERE, THEN CROSS THE INTERSTATE AND RUN IT THROUGH ITS PACES AT NCM MOTORSPORTS PARK.

IT'S A THREE MILE ROAD COURSE IN TWO CONFIGURATIONS DESIGNED SIMILAR TO LA SARTHE AND LE MAN FRANCE. NOW I KNOW YOU MAY BE THINKING OUR C-10 IS A LITTLE OUT OF PLACE ON THE RACE TRACK, AND HEY, YOU MAY BE A BIT RIGHT. WE NEVER SET OUT TO BUILD A TRUCK THAT WAS CAPABLE OF HITTING THE FASTEST LAP TIMES.

(LT)>> WHAT WE DID BUILD WAS A TRUCK THAT CAN BE DRIVEN HARD, THRASHED, AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED. NOW WE'RE GONNA TAKE IT OUT FOR A COUPLE OF EASY LAPS TO GET A FEEL FOR THE TRACK CONDITIONS AND OUR NEW TRUCK.

(JEREMY)>> THIS IS OUR FIRST TIME UP HERE IN BOWLING GREEN. SO JUST AS THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN RUN FOR THE TRUCK IT'S ALSO A CHANCE FOR US TO GET USED TO THE ONE POINT ONE MILE TECHNICAL LOOP, WHICH INCLUDES ELEVATION CHANGES THAT REALLY GET YOUR BLOOD PUMPING. [ engine revving ]

(LT)>> THE SUSPENSION ON OUR TRUCK IS ALL STOCK STYLE, BUT LOWERED WITH AIR SPRINGS. NORMALLY YOU WOULD SEE THIS TYPE OF SUSPENSION AT A CAR SHOW WITH A TRUCK LAID OUT SITTING ON THE ROCKERS.

(JEREMY)>> JUST STAY ON THE TRACK!

(LT)>> I CAN'T HOLD ON, I NEED A HANDLE! IN THESE FEW EASY LAPS IT'S WORKING QUITE WELL ON THE

RACE TRACK THANKS TO THE LARGER, STIFFER SWAY BARS BOTH FRONT AND REAR. THEY KEEP BODY ROLL TO A MINIMUM AND THIS TRUCK REALLY STICKS TO THE GROUND.

(JEREMY)>> WELL WE'VE GOT A COUPLE OF TEST LAPS ON THE TRUCK. EVERYTHING'S FEELING REALLY GOOD. THIS THING'S GOT A TON OF POWER. IT STOPS REALLY GOOD, AND THAT THING IS GONNA BE A FUN DAY.

(LT)>> YOU KNOW IT'S A LITTLE BIT SCARY TO BE A PASSENGER WITH THIS GUY DRIVING, BUT WE'RE AT AN AWESOME TRACK TODAY. WE'RE ON THE SHORTER COURSE. IT'S ABOUT A MILE LONG.

IT'S PRETTY TECHNICAL, IT'S AWESOME, AND THIS TRUCK IS A BLAST.

(JEREMY)>> MAN LET'S HIT IT!

(LT)>> LET'S GO! [ engine revving ]

(JEREMY)>> AFTER PLAYING AROUND A LITTLE BIT WE THREW ON SOME HELMETS FOR SOME SOLO HOT LAPS, AND WITH THE POWER THAT LT ONE IS PUTTING DOWN AND THE LIGHT REAR END OF THE TRUCK, THIS THING CAN GET AWAY FROM YOU PRETTY EASY. NOW WORKING ALL THREE ELEMENTS, THE CLUTCH, THE BRAKE, AND THE THROTTLE, WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SKILLED

DRIVING, YOU CAN KEEP THIS THING ON THE TRACK.

(LT)>> WELL IT'S BEEN A BLAST GETTING THIS C-10 OUT ON THE TRACK AT NCM MOTORSPORTS PARK, AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU I THINK IT'S PRETTY AWESOME WE GOT THIS CORVETTE ENGINE POWERED TRUCK BACK TO THE TRACK WHERE IT BELONGS.

(JEREMY)>> ABSOLUTELY MAN, THAT'S A COOL THING. WE SET OUT TO BUILD A TRUCK THAT WE COULD EVERY DAY, NOT WORRY ABOUT IF WE GOT ANY DINGS, OR DENTS, OR WHATEVER,

AND YOU KNOW TO COME OUT TO A TRACK LIKE THIS AND BE ABLE TO BASH ON IT AND NOT WORRY ABOUT, THAT'S A GOOD FEELING.

(LT)>> WELL YOU KNOW WHAT? I THINK WE'RE ABOUT READY TO GET SHUT DOWN, SO LET'S HIT THE ROAD. LOAD HER UP! [ engine starts ]
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