With cash in hand, a clear mind and a clear garage, progress on #PracticalMagic really stepped up. To save time and money, the body was left as-purchased; the bumps, bruises, tailgate chains and the “Heartbeat of America” sticker all stayed. The exterior appearance is what helped give the truck its name. Rather than call it patina, or in progress, I call it practical. It’s nice enough to take to a Goodguys show, or most recently, the SEMA Show, without embarrassment, yet rough enough that it can be left in a parking lot without an aneurysm. It’s a pair of jeans at that magical point in their life where they look good but aren’t afraid to mow the lawn and they fit just right.
The reflector-collector stance is courtesy of front and rear suspension systems from Porterbuilt Fab on the original chassis. Airbags from AirLift and Firestone are perched fore and aft, taking the truck from curb-hopping to squishing ants in a few seconds; it’s a practical solution to the age-old discomfort of driving a slammed truck. Dual VIAIR compressors ensure the AccuAir E-Level system has plenty of air to work with; Travis has full control over his altitude with a slick little remote which is a far cry from the massive switch boxes of mini trucks past. Getting the fuel tank out of the cab was a must, so a Boyd Welding tank now resides under the bed. Hot Rods by Boyd 20” Smoothie III’s make up the rolling stock, adding a vintage flair in a modern size. Negative acceleration is provided by a complete Baer Brakes system with 14” rotors up front and 13s out back.