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TABLE OF CONTENTS Paint

Content and Photo Credits by Josh Culver

Parker’s 2008 Crew Cab

Content and Photo Credits by Josh Culver

Hellaflush Mazda Content and Photo Credits by Tom McAdams

Run to the Hills 2012

Content and Photo Credits by Sarah Lassiter

Rollie’s ‘06 Dodge Charger

Content by Chris “Krisko” Knotts Photo Credits: Koapono Patrick – KPconcepts.com

2013 Southeast Showdown

Content and Photo Credits by Sarah Lassiter

2013 44th Nationals Street Rod Plus (NRSA) Content and Photo Credits by Robert Mills

2013 Import Alliance

Photo & Content Credits: Nick Jones

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PAINT Content and Photo Credits: Josh Culver

Step 1 For the first part of this texture, we are going to add a little visual background noise to the panel with this stencil that you can pick up at any hobby shop or art store.

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Step 2 After mixing up our clear binder, we added our Kustom shop gold dry pearl to the mix until we have a good coverage on the paint stick. Step 3 Now for the main texture of the panel. We are going to do an old school simple “ blowout” or as some people call them “ freak dots.” It’s a simple way to add a very cool texture to any custom graphic paint job. Before starting, I recommend doing a test panel to get used to this technic, paint flow consistency, and air flow correct.

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Step 4 As soon as you have achieved the desired coverage and shadow, pull the fine line while the paint is still a little wet. This will allow the paint edge to flow out a little. Step 5 After the rest of this, the helmet was finished, pinstriped, and cleared. You can see how the pearls, shadows, kandies, and extra tape lines really accent this panel. It has a lot to catch your eye. And the longer you look, the more you will see.

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PARKER’S 2008 CREW CAB Content and Photo Credits: Josh Culver

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Not every bagged truck in the scene has an owner that fits the typical stereotype. Parker Showalter is one that set out to build a truck that stood out from the crowd as much as he does. “I’m a cowboy boots and jeans kind of guy in a sea of Dickies shorts and flat bill caps.” He says he often gets asked if he bought the truck like it is, but with a long history of being involved with custom rides, Parker will be quick to tell you he turns his own wrenches. “I’ve been into cars my whole life. From 4x4’s and hot rods to classics and bagged late models I’ve had my hands on quite a bit.” Parker’s experience even creeps out away from the asphalt and onto the water. He also has an interest in 50’s fiberglass boats. He finished his first one while in junior high that had a magazine feature of its own. Tweaking on boats at such an early age was just a catalyst of sorts. By the time he was able to drive, his needs for customizing quickly lead to him making a few modifications to his ’91 Silverado in high school. “It was a rough start for sure; I am a full time fire fighter in a small town so money is not plentiful by any means. If you want something bad enough you have to make sacrifices and scrape the extra money together to get that project where you want it.” By keeping his build clean and simple Parker was able to make a big statement without breaking the bank. When the Sierra was first bagged, it was laid out on 26’s but as most of us know, some things just won’t do. So after about a month of riding on his first set of rollers, they were replaced with a fresh set of 28’s; a little something to keep the competition in his rear view mirror. It wasn’t long after the truck was somewhat complete, Parker made the drive to Showfest in Tunica, MS. During the trip home from the show doing about 70mph the ball

joint on the passenger side lower control arm snapped and left the truck immobile after some successful evasive maneuvers to pull the truck to safety. “The only time this truck has seen a trailer was when that ball joint broke. It was built to drive and that’s what I do with it.” After the truck was brought home and taken off the trailer the damaged was assessed and it was parked for about 5 months while funds were tucked away for the rebuild, which included quite a few updates to really help the GMC stand out. A hood and grille from a 2013 Denali HD were used to give the Sierra a different look while the factory bumper and end caps were modified to work with the new changes. Around back, the factory rear bumper was ditched in lieu of a bumper from a ’06 F-150 that was sectioned 2.5” for a tighter fit. Once the truck received all of the planned modifications it was painted with Jetstream Blue from the special colors options for later model C6 Corvettes. Its trucks like these that set themselves apart from other builds. Some are built for looks, some are built for work, but in the case of this 2008 GMC Sierra a truck can still be the hard working truck it was intended to be and look great doing it. My special thanks goes out to Diamond Designs Auto Body in Magnolia, Arkansas. Russel Warren was the one that did all of the paint, body and sheetmetal work. Lee King handled the frame and suspension work. All of the hydrographic covered pieces were done by Witts Elite Graphics in Shreveport, Louisana. A big thanks also goes out to to Travis Arnold and the other members of local car club, Southern Custom Creations, for all the support and late nights during the build.

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Some are built for looks, some are built for work, but in the case of this 2008 GMC Sierra a truck can still be the hard working truck it was intended to be and look great doing it.

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Name > Parker Showalter City/State > Magnolia, AR Year > 2008 Make > GMC Model > Serria Engine > 5.3

The Inside Scoop Parker’s 2008 Crew Cab GMC Sierra

Suspension > ekstinsive front end kit with air lift dominator 2600’s. Infamous wishbone three link rear set up (the first one they sold lol) with firestone 2600’s. two 8 gallon tanks, two viair 480’s. 8 3/8’s smc valves. 1/2 inch stainless air line. the factory rear axle was narrowed 5 inches with moser axle shafts and 4:56 ring and pinion Stereo/Interior > Factory SLT interior with Denali center console. the upper storage bin in the console was converted into the switch box for the air ride useing AutoLoc billet buttons ( my friends call me p-show so that was ingraved into the buttons) in a simple front- up down, back- up down, pressure switch kill configuration. A Air Zenith digital pressure gauge was molded into the small storage compartment on the left of the steering column. all of the factory wood grain was painted to match the truck and then hydrographic dipped back to a burl wood grain pattern. all the audio is stock (the factory head unit leads me to the nearist gas station when the fuel light comes on.. why change it haha) Exterior Mods/Paint > The truck is painted with GM Jetstream blue from the special color options for later model c6 corvettes. the grille is a 13’ denali HD but the factory 1/2 ton bumper and bumper cap were modified to work with the larger HD grille. The hood is also 13’ HD with the plastic hood scoop cap shaved. cleard headlighs. Shaved bed post holes, shaved tailgate cap, suburban gas door (no finger hole). the rear bumper is off a 06’ f-150 sectioned 2.5 inches for a tighter fit. the bed floor was raised 8 inches and custom made sheetmetal wheel tubs were added. under the hood custom inner fenders with brackets for the fuse box and for the coolant tank. the engine cover is a modified 10’ ss camaro cover. the frame rails were boxed, the notch is braced with thick walled tubing and the frame is fish plate gussited from under the cab to the notch all to support the reciver hitch behind the license plate.(it can and does pull a car hauler from time to time lol) all coverd in gloss black enamel. two piece drive shaft out of an 02 ext cab gmc serria. the wheels are 28 inch DUB Drone 6, 295/25/28 tires In your own words explain why you’ve built this vehicle, what you’ve done to it, why you did it, what got you into custom vehicles, how long you’ve been in it, cars owned, etc. (special thanks will also go here) > i built this truck to be a super simple super clean daily driver. the truck is deffinatly not the norm in a small south arkansas town..but its my style. im cowboy boots and jeans in a sea of dickies shorts, vans and flat bills..lol im often askd if i bought the truck built because i dont really fit the minitrucker profile. ive been into cars my whole life, from 4x4’s hot rods to layed out trucks.im also into 50’s fiberglass boats. i restored the first one while in jr high (a 1958 camando sportsman) it was featured in Boating World magazine in 2003. i bagged my first truck in high school (a 1991 silverado ext 2500..) in a weekend..lol it was a rough start for sure.. i am a full time firefighter in the city of magnolia arkansas so money is not plentiful by any means haha.. just goes to prove if you want somthing bad enough you will sacrifice and scrape change to get a project to where you want it. the truck was first bagged on 26’s then the next year went up to 28’s. a month later on the drive home from showfest in tunica ms it broke a lower balljoint on the passenger side goin 70 mph.. it sat for 5 months while funds where being stashed back and then the rebuild begain to what you see now. the only time this truck has seen a tralier was when the ball joint broke.. it was bulit to drive and thats what i do with it.. the trip to lone star throwdown was 8 hours one way and i didnt think twice about making the trip.. my special thanks goes out to Diamond Designs auto body here in Magnolia AR. Russel Warren has done all the of paint, body and sheetmetal work. Lee King handeld the frame work and suspension along with the interior(air pressure gauge and switch box)..both are co owners of Diamond Designs. the hydrographics were done by Witts elite graphics in Shreveport Louisana. another thanks to Travis Arnold and the other members of Souther Custom Creations(a local car club) for all the support and late nights during the build.

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HELLAFLUSH

MAZDA

When I first heard about the “Hellaflush” movement, I was quite intrigued. The idea behind it was to take a wheel that does not fit your car and make it fit. This is a very mathematical and time-consuming act of love. Content and Photo Credits: Tom McAdams

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When I first heard about the “Hellaflush” movement, I was quite intrigued. The idea behind it was to take a wheel that does not fit your car and make it fit. This is a very mathematical and time-consuming act of love. I decided to go with a set up that was aggressive and had noticeable camber, but nothing that was overdone. Tastefulness is something that I strive for, especially when it comes to my car. I decided to go with Candy Teal as my powdercoat color of choice. That would soon change the following year as I prepped my car for the 2013 Carl Casper Car Show. I was able to acquire several sponsorships from various companies, including Street Unit Performance, which eventually lead to gaining national exposure. Again my goal with the car was to keep it simple stupid, or “K.I.S.S.” The trend in my opinion has moved in the direction of not overdoing a car, but rather keep the car clean and provide modifications that will set it apart from the next guy. The acronym “K.I.S.S.” is twofold, because as any car enthusiast will agree, no matter what you drive, domestic or import, we all have a love for our cars and the car scene as a whole.

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The Inside Scoop 2004 Mazda 3 Lava Hatchback

List of mods for 2004 Mazda 3 Lava Hatchback Chassis Modifications > BC BR coilovers, Spc camber arms Wheels/Tires > 215/40/18 Nankang tires, Rota G-Forces 18Ă—9 +25 powder coated Candy Teal Engine Modifications > Srs exhaust, Various parts in engine bay color matched, Custom air intake, Grounding kit, Advance timing mod Body Modifications > Wrapped mirrors and roof in black vinyl, Blacked out license plate tub, Nextmod rear bumper valiances, Red tinted tail lights, Duckbill spoiler, Yellow overlays on the fog lights, Color match eyelids, OEM front bumper splitter valiances, Home Depot Lip, Black Mazda symbols, Painted front grille, Door guards removed, Quick release clips Interior Modifications: Hardwood floor trunk

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Run to the

Hills 2012

Photos & Content Credit: Sarah Lassiter

From November 17-18, 2012, the second annual Run to the Hills was held at Cherokee Park in Morristown, TN. Jeffery Dillard did a great job putting together this car & truck show/ swap meet/ BBQ cook-off as both the BBQ and car show were definitely hits. Despite freezing temperatures, everyone still hung out, enjoying the rides, and of course, the BBQ). A lot of people brought out their winter projects for all to see, others just came to enjoy one of the last shows of the year.

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ROLLIE’S

‘06

DODGE CHARGER Content by Chris “Krisko” Knotts Photo Credits: Koapono Patrick – KPconcepts.com

Since he was a kid, Rollie Reitz from Houston, TX was always working on cars out in the garage with his dad. “He always had a hot rod he was building and from a young age I knew I would have a car of my own that I could build exactly how I wanted.” It wasn’t long before his dad and brother started their own shop called RF Customs. Luckily for Rollie the shop was at his disposal and gave him a place to work on his own. Around the age of 14, Rollie began his first official build; it was a complete frame off restoration of a

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’71 C-10. He built the back half for the frame for it to lay body with his dad and brother there to point him in the right direction. “There’s nothing better than being able to tell someone that you built the entire truck yourself at such a young age.” After seeing his current ride, it’s easy to see that Rollie definitely learned a thing or two over the years. “The car started out as a pretty much bone stock Daytona Charger that I drove every day. A couple of years ago an older lady ran a stop sign and t-boned me. After causing 16k in damages I decid-


ed to change things up a bit.” Luckily nobody was hurt in the accident but it gave Rollie two things he needed to get his build going, a blank canvas and lots of money to play with. He had seen a wide body Charger that was located out in California, but it wasn’t like what he had envisioned, mainly due to the fact that his Charger would eventually lie firmly on the pavement. “There’s nothing like cutting up a brand new car with no direction and only relying on your imagination to steer you.” And that’s just what he did. He pulled the car into the shop and went straight to work. The car was initially painted grey and was also bagged but only laid out with the fenders on the tire. After about a year of showing it and driving it daily, Rollie tore it all back down and redid the entire suspension and chopped it up to lay rocker. “After finishing up, I repainted it the brightest red I could find

and then added a nice clean lower graphic that Pat Maxwell had designed for me.” A great looking car was taken and cut into pieces, only to be resurrected and transformed into something truly unique. With everything said and done, it’s easy to see that the Charger is no less than extraordinary and can hold its own on any show field. Special thanks goes out to my dad for teaching me all that I know and for helping me throughout the entire build along with my brother Bryan and my mom. I’d also like to thank Joey from Innovative Designs for helping me out with all of my suspension, Pat Maxwell for my graphics and my boys with Aftermath along with the rest of the people in the scene for all of the support.

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The Inside Scoop 2004 Mazda 3 Lava Hatchback

Name > Rollie Reitz City/State >Houston, TX Club (if any) > Aftermath Year > 2006 Make > Dodge Model > Charger

Exterior Mods/Paint > Wide body - built by myself Graphics - Pat Maxwell Handmade rocker panels Raceline Imperial wheels 24x10 front / 24x12 rear

Engine > 5.7, SRT MAX Thumper Cam, P&P heads , 3000 stall, SLP long tubes, SLP cat back, Custom dyno tune

In your own words explain why you’ve built this vehicle, what you’ve done to it, why you did it, what got you into custom vehicles, how long you’ve been in it, cars owned, etc. (special thanks will also go here) >

Suspension > Accuair, Fully rebuilt front and rear. Tubbed out front and rear to lay rocker Front > extended spindle to clear 24, built lower control arms Rear > custom tubular subframe, custom control arms, custom spindles Stereo/Interior > Factory leather/suede seats Suede headliner, All plastics painted to match the car

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Since I was a little kid I was always working on cars out in the garage with my dad. He has always had a hotrod he was building. Every since i was young i knew i would have a car of my own that i could build exactly how i wanted. About 7 years ago my dad started his own shop with my brother called RF Customs. Luckily for me, it gave me a place to build my own vehicles. When I was 14 I started building my first truck, a 1971 C-10. It was a frame off restoration. I built a back-half frame for it to lay it out on the body. I did all the work myself with my dad and


brother Bryan to point me in the right direction. There’s nothing better then being able to tell someone you built the whole truck yourself at such a young age. The car started out as a pretty much stock Daytona Charger that I dove everyday. A couple years ago a old lady ran a stop sign and tboned me. After causing over 16k in damages, I decided to change thing up a bit. I saw one other wide body out in California but I have never seen one laidout, so I went for it. There nothing like cutting up a brand new car with no direction other then your imagination. The car was initially done and bagged just laying on the tire and painted grey. After driving it daily and showing it for about a year I tore the car back down, redid all the suspension and chopped it up to lay rocker. After finishing up I repainted it the brightest red I could find with a nice clean lower graphic that Pat Maxwell come up with for me. Special thanks: My dad for teaching me all I know and helping me so much throughout the build, along with my brother Byan and my mom, Joey from Inovative Designs for helping me out with all my suspension, Pat Maxwell for my graphics, My boys with Aftermath for all the support as well as with the rest of the scene.

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2013

Southeast Showdown Content and Photo Credits: Sarah Lassiter

This year marked the 10th year for the annual Southeast Showdown, held July 26-28 at the Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina. The show’s host, Jon Fulmer, has been dedicated to this annual event that even multiple heart attacks, days before the show, couldn’t keep him away. Throughout the event, you could see Jon still up, greeting and welcoming everyone.

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This year’s show had plenty to do other than just check out hot rides. There was pinstriping, a soapbox derby, tattoo contest, bikini contest and more. If you’ve never attended SESD, you’re missing out. I strongly recommend putting this on your ‘todo’ list next year.


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2013

44TH NATIONALS

STREET ROD PLUS Photos & Content Credit: Robert Mills

Every year in August, the streets of Louisville, Kentucky start to fill with all sorts of cool cars. This year was no exception as the 44th annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus rolled into town. The heat in August usually swelters around the Nats. Luckily, all through the week, we were greeted with beautiful days, cool nights, and hot cars. The Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center plays host to this awesome event. The Nats has been coming to Louisville now for 19 years, on and off. As of late, there has been some controversy about the rolling 30-year cut-off date for vehicle entry. This year it was 1982 and older; however, this did not affect the attendance with still nearly 10,000 registered participants. You could see the usual street rods, along with the shoeboxes of the fifties; the musclecars of the sixties; and the increasing numbers of seventies street machines. It made for an exciting mix of horsepower, color, and cool ideas. As usual, there were plenty of vendors on hand with ISSUE 05 | TUCKINLOW.COM

the latest goodies for sale in the HUGE exhibition center. A large swap meet waited for the scroungers. There were also lots of seminars put on by various manufacturers, and Women’s World was there for the ladies, along with a shuttle to local shopping malls. There were various mini shows within the big show as well: Pros Pick area for the heavy hitters; Commercial Way for the trucks; Young Guns for the under-21 crowd, as well as various other specialty award areas. At night, the hotels and streets filled with cruisers and the occasional rowdy rodder showing off. But everything stayed well within control, and everyone had a good time. The local bowling alley at the entrance to the fairgrounds seemed to be cruise central. Some hotels even had bands playing and beer gardens in their parking lots. This year was a success from start to finish. If you have never been, put it on next year’s calendar, you won’t be sorry. Enjoy some of the photos of the various sights throughout the event.


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2013

Import Alliance Photos & Content Credit: Nick Jones From my experience, Import Alliance’s Homecoming Meet always seems to be the best car show across the Tennessee area - from the cars to the atmosphere to the people there that make it all worthwhile. I love “wasting my day looking at cars” as some would say, just to relax and enjoy the work and effort so many people have put into their vehicles. Taking pictures for me is just a way to keep those memories and share them with others as well. I could never find a way to get bored at this event even if I tried. Plus, the inspiration is endless. As I check out all of the cars lined up, I remind myself that one day, I will have one of these cars. It’s car shows like Import Alliance that I attend that inspire me more and more each and every year I go. I hope each and every one of you that enjoys cars can one day feel this excitement for the car show lifestyle as I do. Having your own car project is exhilarating and visiting car shows such as this one is inspiring for those interested in customizing their first vehicle. ISSUE 05 | TUCKINLOW.COM

I hope that everyone who visited this year’s car show had an amazing time and if you didn’t, I highly recommend you show your faces at the next one. It is for sure worth the money and time to come out and be apart of Import Alliance’s Homecoming Meet.


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