As our Tough Tow Truck continues its journey of change, we turn to its graphical look. The objective is to give this street-driven beauty a race appearance and help us keep track of what is going on inside the powerplant.

To do that, we turned to Chad Martin and Daniel Barnes of The Decal Source, a Greensboro, North Carolina company, to develop a design that met our race criteria.

Martin and Barnes supplied us with several great graphic concepts, and we did a bit of mixing and matching to arrive at our final look, which we will show you in the December 2000 issue. Until then, we elected to publish a few of the designs we had to choose from.

So feast your eyes on some classy race design concepts and look for the final design in our next issue.

Information, PleaseLast month we saw how Hans deBot of deBotech in Cornelius, North Carolina, created a gauge-panel template from which a carbon-fiber panel would be made. Here is the result of that process. As you can see, the panel and the Point Zero gauges definitely provide a race look.

The gauge cluster panel is mounted on the transmission tunnel and is nestled just below the entertainment and environment controls. This location provides a convenient location for the necessary wiring.

The panel was formed with one side wider than the other, so the gauges are at an angle. This provides easy viewing; the driver gets oil pressure, oil temperature, and water temperature readings with a quick glance. In addition, the gauges are lit, so it's easy to take readings during night driving as well.

SOURCE
DeBotech
21104 Crelock Pl
Cornelius
NC  28031
Point Zero
44 Pearl Pentecost Rd
Winder
GA  30680
The Decal Source
Greensboro
NC  27406