Heavy Metal Tow Truck
It’s a 1969 International Loadstar cabover truck with a single rear axle and a super short wheelbase. When I saw this sitting in a junkyard and got a good look at how good of shape it was in, I knew that I had to turn it into a project. Besides, there is just something about these old cabover trucks that every gearhead loves! The response was great when we stuffed in the hot Duramax diesel engine and custom air suspension, but people really went crazy when we put on the vintage Schlitz beer kegs for fuel tanks and fit the vintage wrecker bed on the back. Since this is a former Navy truck, the name “Heavy Metal” was a natural fit.
The Cheetah was so unique, so wild, and so stinkin’ fast, that the legend has just continued to grow over the years… and I, like many other gearheads, have always wanted to build one. But instead of just building a replica of the 60’s race car, with all the inherent problems that the original Cheetah had, I have always wanted to do a modern, street legal version of this wild sports car. Fortunately, with the introduction of the Cheetah Evolution cars, it is now possible for ANYBODY to build one of these wild machines in their own garage. The GEARZ Cheetah Project is designed to show what’s involved in building one of these cars, and also showcase some of the cool things that can be done to it.
Marking the last year of the second-generation Camaros, the 1981 model was much the same as the previous years. The RS model was dropped and wouldn’t be seen again until 1989. Also, a new engine control computer was included in all models. Production dropped once again due to aged styling, oil crises, and declining economy. The Z/28’s performance characteristics remained unchanged. The Berlinetta was the only model to increase in production for 1981.
Our own take on the legendary television jump truck featured in the series “The Fall Guy.” This is not a replica of the original Chevy, it’s a stunt double: an updated version of the picture vehicle designed to take hard hits and keep going, just like any stuntman. This build is designed to encourage all levels of builders out there to make their own “stunt double.” We picked a long-bed Chevy, other builders may choose to go with a Ford, a Toyota, a Ram…whatever your vehicle, it’s all in the spirit of the build.