“Ridin’ High: Building The 369” – Webisode RH369-S01E09: ‘From Grease to Chrome’

July 2, 2015

Webisode 9 of 26: Grease To Chrome.

[content: engine in place / drive shaft assembly / test hood fit]

The engine is back from sand blasting and painting. Now it has to be reassembled and made to work which is tricky business. Brad Stanley takes over. And while Brad works on the engine, Phil and Mike find out just how close two friends can get while building a truck.

The day starts with a couple of interruptions. New chrome parts arrive and Jim Park editor of Highway Star magazine has dropped in to check on the progress. Phil can’t resist the temptation of putting just a little bit of bling on the engine before they drop it into the frame. But now everyone is looking over their shoulder as Jim watches.

The internal components of the CAT C-15 engine pass the test, but the external assembly is not ready. Brad works on the precise job involving 100s of parts that were removed for paint and ceramic coating. The job takes over 18 hours.

Before the cab and hood goes to Thetford Mines for stainless fabrication, there is the need for a last minute refitting and measuring. Doug oversees the fitting. There is a problem. The extended hood will be 18 inches longer …Phil comes up with the solution …hydraulics.

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Ridin’ High: Building The 369 is a ‘real’ reality show that was one of the first digital webisode series on the internet.

The concept: Follow trucker Phil Langevin daily as Phil, his family and his friends embark on the journey to build a beautiful stainless steel custom rig from a burned out 379 Pete. Then they entered the truck into the ‘Pride and Polish Build-off Contest’ at the world’s biggest truck show the ‘Mid America Trucking Show’ (MATS) in Louisville KY.

RH369 is real. No fake arguments. No made up situations. No TV studio help or money. Everything you see in this show is real and true.

The TruckGuysTV production crew recorded all 120 hours of the truck build. Initially we shot using low cost cameras and packaged the edited content for low bandwidth streaming. And because the show was made for ‘the internet’ the entire duration of the truck build was made available to watch online. The Klos Brothers, who are serious and successful truck builders from Australia, were the first to report to us that they watched all 120 hours! A fantastic feet unto itself. Thanks Mates!

Ridin’ High: Building the 369 was seen worldwide with up to 10,000 website hits weekly. RH369 eventually became so popular that Discovery Channel asked TruckGuysTV to re-edit the series into 13 one hour High Definition episodes so that they could sell and distribute the shows internationally. Quickly the show was sought after by tv stations in places like the Ukraine. Staying true to our TruckGuysTV internet protocol television development processes Season Two of Ridin High (‘Ridin High: Building the Retroliner’) was shot and packaged for mobile.

Thanks for watching.

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