RESTORED 1963 CHEVROLET C-10 STEPSIDE TRUCK! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 653

RESTORED 1963 CHEVROLET C-10 STEPSIDE PICKUP! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 653 – A fun day in Malibu lands Fireball and Kathie at niece Alexa’s Birthday, the Pepperdine Ponds, the Beach and a spotting of this fully restored 1963 Chevrolet C-10 Stepside Pickup Truck!

From WIKI… The C/K was Chevrolet and GMC’s full -size pickup truck line from 1960 until 1998 in the United States, from 1965 to 1999 in Canada, from 1964 to 2001 in Brazil, and from 1975 to 1982 in Chile.

The first Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck was introduced in 1924, though in-house designs did not appear until 1930. “C” indicated two-wheel drive and “K” indicated four-wheel drive.

The aging C/K light-duty pickup truck was replaced with the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra names in 1999 in the United States and Canada, and 2001 in Brazil; the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickup trucks followed.

Until this time, the names Silverado and Sierra were used to identify the trim level of the C/K trucks.

The 1960 model year introduced a new body style of light pick-up truck that featured many firsts.

Most important of these were a drop-center ladder frame, allowing the cab to sit lower, and independent front suspension, giving an almost car-like ride in a truck. Also new for 1960 was a new designation system for trucks made by GM.

Gone were the 3100, 3200, and 3600 designations for short 1/2, long 1/2 and 3/4-ton models. Instead, a new scheme assigned a 10, 20, or 30 for 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton models.

Since 1957, trucks were available from the factory as four-wheel drive, and the new class scheme would make this known. A C (conventional) in front of the series number indicates two-wheel rear drive while a K denotes four-wheel drive.

Actual badging on Chevrolet trucks carried the series name system from the previous generation in 1960 and 1961: the 10, 20, 30, and 40 series (C and K) were badged as “Apaches”, 50 and 60 series trucks were badged as “Vikings”, and the largest 70 and 80 series models were marked “Spartans”.

In 1960, C/K trucks were available in smooth “Fleetside” or fendered “Stepside” versions. GMC called these “Wide-Side” and “Fenderside.”

What’s it like to drive a 1950 CHEVROLET RAT TRUCK? Only in Malibu…

You never know what might show up here in the town, automotive-wise. 

People have all kinds of hidden gems stored in garages, backyards and top secret bunkers —but the hunt is on, and I’m the hunter.

Today brings a super cool Ride of the Week from local hair stylist Michael Sparks, co-owner of CIE SPARKS Salon here in the ‘Bu. 

I’ve known Michael for a while now and know that he loves three things more than just about anything: styling hair, cars and surfing. 

Such a bummer way of life, you gotta feel for him. But despite his horribly cool lifestyle, Michael has a great demeanor and an awesome attitude. Right off the bat, as you enter the salon at Cross Creek, he and his team greet you with warm smiles, almost knowing that what they do will improve your self-esteem 10-fold. And they’re right.

But when Michael said he had a cool car, I was intrigued. 

“A 50’s truck,” he calmly remarked with an evil glint in his eye. And in that moment, I knew that a Rat had entered the building.

Cut to Michael rolling up a few weeks later in his 1950 Chevrolet Rat Truck. Chopped, slammed, dented and dirtied, this truck was slicker than shingles. At 350hp, it’s get-up and go is more than enough for PCH and its curves. 

“I purchased the car from a guy on Craigslist back in 2011,” Michael said. “Just really wanted a rat rod and a truck that I could play with.” 

And that’s exactly what Michael got. 

Surfing, being a dad, croozing for surf activity and getting to the Salon. Yes, it’s rough being a spark like this dude. Imagine the struggle he must endure with all that sun, waves and a gorgeous girl on his arm. I feel for you, buddy.

“I love that the car is chopped with a patina finish,” he said. “I would never get the body restored because I just love the way it looks. It’s a rat rod.” 

And since Michael only uses it to roll around Malibu, he gets some cool stories. 

“One time I was pulled over by the police, and I was terrified because of the Jack Daniels bottle I have for my shifter; however, the officer just wanted to look at the car up close,” he said. 

Whew, that was a close one. Next thing you know, cops will want Rat selfies and all will break loose. Zoiks!

Being a lot like Michael in many ways, I can relate the challenges of being a car guy here in Malibu. The “Cararazzi” are everywhere and you can barely get into town to buy Cashew Milk. 

I don’t mean to rant, but you gotta understand the plights of automotive life. You think movie stars have it bad? Not even close, but it looks like Michael has things under control. 

Next up will be a drive for my show and that will be a challenge. But I’m up for it. Michael… are you?

WORLD’S COOLEST TRUCK WHEELS! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 585

WORLD’S COOLEST TRUCK WHEELS! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 585 – Fireball heads to MKW Alloy to pick up wheels for his latest Project Car. And they rock.

Located in Southern California, MKW Alloy was founded in June of 1995, originally exporting wheels from the U.S. to Asia. In October of 1998, the company introduced its line of wheels to the U.S. market, firmly establishing itself as the market leader within the large diameter chrome marketplace. An innovator in the ‘ultra-big’ diameter SUV market, MKW was first to launch a 26” wheel in 2004. The company continues its global reach and currently distributes four separate divisions of cast aluminum wheels ranging from upscale to niche applications. MKW’s City of Industry headquarters houses a warehouse, and 8,000-square feet dedicated to administration, sales, marketing and design. MKW Wheels

Since its inception, MKW Wheels team have exceeded expectations of their customers. Catering to the increasing demand for high quality aftermarket products, MKW Wheels provides the market with its own design and forward thinking designs and sizes for today’s educated wheel consumers. Customers who wish to enhance the look and performance of their on and Off-road machines trust MKW Wheels to deliver on both quality and price.

MKW employees reflect our passion for product enthusiasm and engineering as well as performance and aesthetic design. By forging ahead with new innovative design ideas MKW is sure to set the pace in the ever growing market for quality aftermarket wheels.

For more info on MKW wheels please visit www.mkwwheels.net

What’s it like to drive a 410HP FIRE TRUCK?

I’m super excited to bring you this one, folks. As I was perusing possibilities for this week’s Ride, we were all set to vlog an episode Malibu Engine 70 driver, Joe Segreto. Right then and there it dawned on me that Joe and his 410-horsepower KME Predator fire engine were perfect candidates. 

So, may I present to you some serious Malibu awesomeness?

As we took a ride up through Malibu with Joe and his team of fire fighters during the shoot, I was humbled to experience just how humble these guys actually were. They’ve seen things that most of us would cringe at. But as with most firemen I’ve met, they were not only the nicest guys on the planet but a hoot to be around. And who wouldn’t be, driving this Caterpillar powered behemoth. 

With an air-to-air turbo and at 893 cubic inches, the Predator weighs in at just over 42,000 pounds. And that’s without equipment, baby. The motor is also equipped with a road and main pump that are both made by Hale. That means that it sprays some serious water.

“This engine is everything to our team,” Segreto said. “It gets us to and from all of our calls. On fires with the main pump engaged, it has the capability to pump up to 1500 gallons per minute of water. On brush fires with the road pump engaged it can produce over 300-psi for long hose lays.” 

The engine can receive water from multiple water sources, such as another engine, a hydrant or it can draft from a pool or lake if needed. That’s the cool part. It also is their shield on accidents. Ok, maybe that’s the cool part, too. 

There isn’t just one function that this fire engine is primarily used for. It has multiple functions that are used in every unique situation that these boys get themselves into. It’s an incredible machine. 

“When I first came to Malibu I was not used to driving an engine around the area,” Segreto said. “We went up Rambla Pacifico and started traveling down some very narrow roads with the cliffs on my side and rocks on the captain’s side. I kept telling the captain that we would not fit, but he just laughed and said keep going. At one point, I thought we were going to go over. Never the less, we made it and he got a kick out of it.” 

And what does Segreto think of being a fireman here in the Bu? 

“Malibu is beautiful: the beaches and views are breathtaking,” Segreto said. “But, what I love most are the residents. They truly make us feel appreciated for the work that we do.” 

Way to go, Malibuites. Engine 70 literally just drove by me with sirens blaring as I wrote this. Wow. Makes me feel proud and safe that someone’s out there fighting for what I love. 

And in case you’re wondering what Joe’s favorite movie car is — and I know you are — that would be Corvette Summer. 

“My father had a ‘72 vet with a blown 350 and that movie always reminded me of it. But runner-up would be Smokey and the Bandit.”

Congratulations, Joe! You and Malibu Fire Station 70 are this week’s Ride!

Some info on FIRE ENGINES from Wiki…

A fire engine (also known in some territories as a fire apparatus, fire truck, or fire appliance) is a vehicle designed primarily for firefighting operations. In addition, many fire departments/fire services often employ their vehicles for various other uses including emergency medical services and rescue purposes. The terms “fire engine” and “fire truck” are often used interchangeably but in North America represent different types of vehicles.

The primary purposes of a fire engine include transporting firefighters to an incident scene, providing water with which to fight a fire, and carrying other equipment needed by firefighters. A typical modern vehicle will carry tools for a wide range of firefighting and rescue tasks, with common equipment including ladders, a self-contained breathing apparatus, ventilating equipment, first aid kits, and hydraulic rescue tools.

Many fire vehicles are based on standard vehicle models (although some parts may be upgraded to cope with the demands of the vehicles’ usage). They are normally fitted with audible and visual warnings, as well as communication equipment such as two-way radios and mobile computer technology.

What’s it like to drive a 1950 CHEVROLET RAT TRUCK…

What’s it like to drive a 1950 CHEVROLET RAT TRUCK…

You never know what might show up here in the town, automotive-wise. 

People have all kinds of hidden gems stored in garages, backyards and top secret bunkers —but the hunt is on, and I’m the hunter.

Today brings a super cool Ride of the Week from local hair stylist Michael Sparks, co-owner of CIE SPARKS Salon here in the ‘Bu. 

I’ve known Michael for a while now and know that he loves three things more than just about anything: styling hair, cars and surfing. 

Such a bummer way of life, you gotta feel for him. But despite his horribly cool lifestyle, Michael has a great demeanor and an awesome attitude. Right off the bat, as you enter the salon at Cross Creek, he and his team greet you with warm smiles, almost knowing that what they do will improve your self-esteem 10-fold. And they’re right.

But when Michael said he had a cool car, I was intrigued. 

“A 50’s truck,” he calmly remarked with an evil glint in his eye. And in that moment, I knew that a Rat had entered the building.

Cut to Michael rolling up a few weeks later in his 1950 Chevrolet Rat Truck. Chopped, slammed, dented and dirtied, this truck was slicker than shingles. At 350hp, it’s get-up and go is more than enough for PCH and its curves. 

“I purchased the car from a guy on Craigslist back in 2011,” Michael said. “Just really wanted a rat rod and a truck that I could play with.” 

And that’s exactly what Michael got. 

Surfing, being a dad, croozing for surf activity and getting to the Salon. Yes, it’s rough being a spark like this dude. Imagine the struggle he must endure with all that sun, waves and a gorgeous girl on his arm. I feel for you, buddy.

“I love that the car is chopped with a patina finish,” he said. “I would never get the body restored because I just love the way it looks. It’s a rat rod.” 

And since Michael only uses it to roll around Malibu, he gets some cool stories. 

“One time I was pulled over by the police, and I was terrified because of the Jack Daniels bottle I have for my shifter; however, the officer just wanted to look at the car up close,” he said. 

Whew, that was a close one. Next thing you know, cops will want Rat selfies and all will break loose. Zoiks!

Being a lot like Michael in many ways, I can relate the challenges of being a car guy here in Malibu. The “Cararazzi” are everywhere and you can barely get into town to buy Cashew Milk. 

I don’t mean to rant, but you gotta understand the plights of automotive life. You think movie stars have it bad? Not even close, but it looks like Michael has things under control. 

Next up will be a drive for my show and that will be a challenge. But I’m up for it. Michael… are you?

Today’s VLOGROCKET is Peter Ireland’s nearly new ’49 FIRE TRUCK!

Ah, hidden Malibu gems. They’re everywhere, and for today’s Vlogrocket, I came upon a nearly brand new classic old 1949 Dodge Fire Truck owned by Peter Ireland. 

Yea, you heard that right, kids.

Up on north Pacific Coast Highway is the Nature Trust of the Santa Monica Mountains and the old Malibu Riding and Tennis Club. 

Virtually abandoned now, Ireland is the president of the trust. He spends his days caring for the grounds and planning cool events and keeping the place busy. It’s a great gig because the huge piece of land is just awesome.

As I drove up in the lush green playground, in the distance I spotted this flash of something red. Sure enough, it was Ireland’s ‘49 Fire Truck. The red beauty came from the Lake Parsippany Fire Department in New Jersey with 35,000 original miles – and that makes sense, as most fire trucks don’t put a lot of miles on their tires.

It was a Dodge B series, five windows “Pilot House” cab, flathead six-cylinder engine and a single throat down draft carburetor, Standard Boyer Fire Apparatus with a three-speed on the floor stick shift. 

“I found her 10 years ago on Ebay,” revs Ireland. “She was begging to snowbird it to Malibu to get away from those cold ‘nor-easter’ winters.” 

Don’t we all.

 “Having been through every major fire in Malibu since 1981, I know the value of having a fire truck, pumping apparatus, fire hose and water supply at the ready when you need it,” Ireland said. “Plus, it was cheaper than buying a swimming pool pump that you can’t drive and doesn’t have a siren.” 

What an awesome idea. You live in a town where Fires can get nasty, so you buy a fire truck and poke those puppies out with your own water rocket. Right now, I can hear little circuits going off in my head like squirrels having a nut powwow.

 Oh, but there’s more, baby. 

“The ‘Pilot House’ cab sets you up nice and high so you can see the whole world in front of you,” smiles Ireland in a gleeful kid-like grin. “But the sweetest part is the slow winding centrifugal siren made by the old Sterling Siren Fire Alarm Co. To crank her up, you got to stand on a big spring-loaded floor pedal, being careful not to mix it up with the brake or clutch pedal. After about a minute she’s singing better than Pavarotti.” 

Give me images of Ireland standing on the back of the truck during a smoke-out, hose in one hand like Ahnuld and singing Pav’s notes of love.

 So what does Ireland use it for when there are no fires?  

“Peace of mind, mostly,” he said. “It’s my form of Zen.” 

Yea, I can relate – although, my Zen is a 570 McLaren on Piuma. Just saying.

Then Ireland starts in with a quick diddy.  

“Some years back, there was a beach related helicopter air-evacuation on PCH right in front of the ranch,” he said. “The County Fire Department had to close down Pacific Coast Highway to land the chopper. I could see everything from our parking lot without being in the way of any rescue work. After all the emergency response work was complete and the various response teams were starting to disperse, I fired up the old Dodge fire truck, stepped on the siren pedal and coasted into our parking lot above and overlooking PCH. At least the old fire truck brought smiles to the faces of those who were called to serve on that day.” 

Yea, that’s nothin’ but awesome, Ireland. Sounds like that brand new classic spends time bringing joy in between times of serious flame eruptions. Just one look at her and the grin gets stuck in the upright position.   

“I feel very lucky to be in Malibu,” Ireland said.

There are few vehicles that have the power that a fire engine does. Not Horsepower, but the power to elicit joy. I don’t care how old you are, a Fire Truck makes you feel like a kid and few of us actually find a way to make that permanent. But Ireland has, and I thank him for sharing it with me. Just need to figure out a way to make my garage a bit bigger now as I have eyes on buying a Ladder Truck. Anyone want to drive the rear for me? Shout out.

 And finally, Ireland’s favorite movie car? The 1952 Jag XK 120 roadster his father drove in the original 1955 version of “The Fast and the Furious,” opposite Dorothy Malone (yes, there was an original). 

“This was Roger Corman’s first AIP production,” Ireland said. “My father also co-directed it. This beautiful XK 120 Jag got more camera time than any other car in film that I can remember. Since part of it was filmed during the actual ‘Pebble Beach Road Races,’ there are some absolutely classic shots of vintage race cars during the actual road race. The film open at what may be the only existent film footage of the original “Saddle Peak Lodge.” My father tapped jazz great ‘Chet Baker Quartet’ to do the music.” 

Crazy.