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The Truck Show Podcast

Do you love trucks, Jeeps, customs, wheeling, fabrication, new products, events, and the latest in truck news? Then you won't want to miss this fun and irreverent look at today’s world of trucks. Hosted by veteran Los Angeles radio personality and producer Jay “Lightning” Tilles (KROQ) and truck expert and longtime automotive journalist Sean P. Holman (Truck Trend, Four Wheeler, Diesel Power, Truckin', Jp, and Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road), the Truck Show Podcast brings a unique and entertaining perspective to all things truck, including those lifted, lowered, and everything in between.

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Ep. 12 - Roadkill's Mike Finnegan Talks Trucks, His Bogus Battle Against Richard Rawlings, and Stories From His Wild Mini-Truckin’ Days Before Roadkill

Mike Finnegan from Roadkill stops by the Truck Show Podcast to talk about his path to Roadkill, his start as a truck magazine editor, and some of his favorite stories from along the way. He also opens up about his biggest disappointment working on Roadkill and gives Lightning and Holman a behind-the-scenes look at what really happened when Roadkill battled Fast N’ Loud.

1hr 48mins

29 May 2018

Rank #1

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Ep. 48 - Greg A. Loves Cummins, Truck Industry’s Kevin Bacon, Beware of New Police Headlights

It’s the first show of 2019 and the guys are off to a solid start with guest Greg Alberalla, known for his popular Cummins YouTube channel. Truck industry veteran Marcel Venable finally gives us the phone number we’ve been waiting for, talks classics, and exposes his mistaken identity as a mini trucker. We also find out which new cop headlights you should fear in your rearview and catch up on listener rants (and raves).

2hr 34mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Ep. 76 - Barn Finds, When A Raptor Isn’t Enough, Ford Power Wagon?

Barn finds are all the rage these days, so you’ll want to hear our interview with Hot Rod contributor Ryan Brutt, who has found everything from Dodge Dudes to Boeing B-17s tucked away in barns and fields. The guys also catch up with MegaRaptor creator Jeremy Dixon and find out what awaits at the next level when your Raptor just doesn’t turn heads anymore. Also, did Ford just fire a shot over Ram’s bow with a new Super Duty Tremor package?

2hr 9mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Ep. 34 - Mike Finnegan Hangs, 2019 Half-Tons, One Man Touches 1.5 million Super Duty Trucks

Roadkill’s Mike Finnegan comes back to tell more magazine guy stories, talk Carolina Reaper peppers, and discusses his induction in the Mini Truck Hall of Fame. One man makes his mark on 1.5 million Super Duty trucks and Holman shares his insight from Truck Trend’s 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year Competition.

2hr 5mins

29 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Ep. 53 - HUGE HDisode! PPEI’s Kory Willis, HD Truck Wars Heating Up, New HD Engines, New HD Trans, New HD Trucks!

It’s the HUGE, MASSIVE, and content-packed HDisode! This show is packed with so much content, you’ll need an HD truck to haul it home in! PPEI super tuner Kory Willis comes on to talk tuning, while the guys go behind the scenes of the HD Truck Wars with Ram and Chevy. You'll hear from chief engineers Rod Romain from Ram and Jaclyn McQuaid from GM, as well as Rich Scheer from Chevy exterior design and hear about Ford’s BIG Super Duty announcement. Also take a dive into the all-new GM 6.6L gas engine, the updated 6L90E six-speed auto, and find how much Allison is in the new 10-speed 10L1000 GM trans.

3hr 30mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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Ep. 33 - Freiburger is Back, Infamous Viper Truck, Diff Covers Uncovered

Roadkill’s David Freiburger returns and no topic is off the table. From speed records and Doritos to autonomous driving and cliff diving vehicles, the guys go deep to explore the true definition of a pickup. Herb Helbig, retired Viper engineer, talks about how the Ram SRT-10 became the world’s fastest production truck and Lightning and Holman discuss the whether aftermarket diff covers really work.

2hr 21mins

22 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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Ep. 03 - Dirt Every Day's Fred Williams, Talking Shocks, New Truck Tech, and Bumpsides,

In this episode, the guys dig deep into shocks with Shane Casad from Bilstein, talk about some of the technology found in the 2019 Ram 1500, and learn from Bump Nation founder Brad Taber about where F-100 guys go to find like-minded enthusiasts. They also dissect what happens to a cow when it is hit by a trophy truck at 112 mph and chat with Fred Williams of Dirt Every Day about what it’s like to go behind the scenes of his hit show.

1hr 30mins

23 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Ep. 05 - Roadkill’s Freiburger, Adventuring with AEV, and Discussing the World of Sponsorships with Truck Guru

Lightning and Holman talk adventure with Matt Feldermann from AEV, get the behind-the-scenes scoop on Roadkill from none other than David Freiburger, and learn the ins and outs of show truck building and sponsorships from Cris Payne of Truck Guru. They also take a quick look at news from the New York Auto Show, including the Volkswagen Tanoak and GMC Sierra AT4, as well as dissect renderings of the 2019 Jeep Scrambler pickup. Oh, and don’t miss our youngest fan Hannah sing the intro!

1hr 35mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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Ep. 19 - The Galeisode - A Sit Down With Performance Pioneer Gale Banks

Sit back and relax as the one and only Gale Banks walks us through his career, exploring topics that range from his early days as a struggling shop owner, other career paths, false starts, speed record runs, and early successes. You’ll learn how Gale got into turbos and the backstory behind some of your favorite factory trucks. Gale will also tell which trends diesel enthusiasts have wrong and why. So sit back, relax, and make sometime for this podcast. It’s a long one, but well worth it.

2hr 29mins

17 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Ep. 42 - Bizarre Cummins Swaps, Australian Parts For Better Adventures, Buy Lightning’s Truck

Steve Sanders from Cummins returns to talk R2.8 swaps, while the guys try to get answers about upcoming Cummins-powered trucks. Lightning and Holman dial up the future to find out what kind of Rhinos come from Australia and what Aussie accessories help your truck carry more. Plus, the time has come for Lightning to sell his beloved brodozer, and Holman teases a survivor XJ that needs a new home.

2hr 2mins

26 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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Ep. 77 - Raptor Spotting in the UK, $14 Million Train Wreck, Good News From Oceano Dunes

Find out the story behind a Mexican Lobo Raptor that Holman spotted in the UK, hear a first-hand account from photographer Josh Jones on the train derailment that cost many Jeep Gladiators and GM 1500s their salable lives, and catch up with Jim Suty, President of the Friends of Oceano dunes for a land use update you won’t want to miss. Also, find out what hot-button issue has Lightning ranting about this time.

1hr 44mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Ep. 93 - Super Duty’s Chief Engineer, 11 New Trucks Tested, Gratuitous Burnouts, Music City Showdown

Hear all about the updated '20 Ford Super Duty from none other than the Super Duty’s chief engineer, Mike Pruitt. Holman and the Truck Trend crew tested 11 of the 2020 pickups for their Pickup Truck of the Year test and share their insights, as well as which ones do the gnarliest burnouts. The guys also talk to Truck Show friend Brandon “Bama” Roussell about the upcoming Music City Showdown in coming to Nashville, Tennessee.

2hr 38mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 73 - Diesel Power Challenge, 1000 lb-ft Nissan, Casa Bonita From The Eyes of Gale Banks

Did you hear? The guys went to Diesel Power Challenge and ended up exploring Casa Bonita with Gale Banks… and also talking to KJ Jones from Diesel Power and getting the DPC 2019 recap. You’ll hear some great stories from DPC and then head over to the CFT Performance shop where owner Josh Chapman will walk you through his compound-turbo’d Nissan Titan XD. How does a 1,000 lb-ft Cummins 5.0L sound to you?

2hr 29mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Ep. 97 - Mike Finnegan, First Drive: Nissan Titan and Diesel Wrangler, Emme Is Going To Kill Us (Holman)

The guys are back from SEMA and hit the ground running with Mike Finnegan of Roadkill. Hear about his new mini truck, what really happened on Roadkill’s 100th episode, and how many ramp trucks he actually owns. We’ll also bring you driving impressions from the highly anticipated ’20 Nissan Titan and Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel launches, along with a little friendly sparing with our good friend, Emme Hall.

2hr 39mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 74 - Inside the Duramax 3.0L I-6, What We Wish We Spent Our Childhood Doing, A Legend Crosses the Final Finish Line

The guys dig a little deeper into the new Duramax 3.0L I-6 with Duramax Assistant Chief Engineer John Barta and discover the origins of off-road racing talent through the eyes of kids short course racing in a new documentary, Mod Kids USA. We also say goodbye to off-road legend and friend Rod Hall, who passed away recently at the age of 81. Lastly, the Truck Show Podcast defends its honor in the world of five-star reviews.

1hr 39mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 57 - Jonny Lieberman, 2019 Ram HD First Drive, More Lightning Hate Mail

The guys talk automotive with MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman, Holman finally reveals what it is like to drive the 2019 Ram HD and Power Wagon, and Lightning gets an e-mail lashing from our good friend Emme Hall.

3hr 25mins

4 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Ep. 31 - Aaron Kaufman Returns, Texas State Fair, Daytona Truck Meet Update

Aaron Kaufman returns to the show to talk about what he’s been up to, giving the guys an update on his second season of Shifting Gears, Arclight Fab’s product launch, and of course more F-100 talk. Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Trucks, walks us through 2019 Ram updates and Nissan’s Brent Hagan shares the Titan updates for 2019. Jordan Muhlbauer of Daytona Truck Meet, has a little more info to share about the 2019 event.

2hr 2mins

8 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Ep. 50 - Cummins Hits 1,000 lb-ft From The Factory, 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, First-Gen Ram With A Surprise, We Celebrate 50 Episodes!

The 1,000 lb-ft of torque glass ceiling has been shattered with the new Cummins 6.7L in the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty! To get the scoop, Holman stalks the Ram display at the North American International Auto Show and catches up with Ram VP Jim Morrison and the crew from Cummins. The guys also talk to first-gen Dodge Ram Cummins owner Dave Couvillion from 179 Garage about his super clean truck, which he bought with a surprise under the hood. And don’t forget to have some cake and lift a glass with us to our 50th episode!

2hr 1min

20 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 20 - Aaron Kaufman, Return of the Ranger, Fun Hundred Run, Ants Everywhere!

Aaron Kaufman from Fast N’ Loud and Shifting Gears fame talks about his love for trucks, his humble beginnings as a mini-trucker, and his thoughts on TV and celebrity. The guys also get the download on Aaron’s latest venture, Arclight Fabrication, and find out what’s up with the Fun Hundred Run. Also joining the podcast in this episode is Chad Callandar, Marketing Manager for the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger. The Truck Show Podcast studio is inundated with ants, is it Lightning or Holman to blame for leaving chili dog remnants behind?

1hr 33mins

23 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Ep. 75 - Learn To Fab, Rad Online Automotive Community, The Most Reliable Trucks, 500 5-Star Meetup

You don’t need a college degree to support your truck habit, instead learn real skills that are valuable in today’s world from The Fab School. The guys also check out new auto enthusiast platform Wheelwell.com and find out who makes the best truck, according to JD Power. Lastly, you won’t want to miss some additional details about our upcoming 500 5-star Listener Meetup with Nissan and DECKED!

1hr 41mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #20