RARE '41 PICK-UP, STEEL BODY, FINISHED WOOD BED, UPGRADED TO A MODERN DRIVETRAIN
1941 was a very good year for the auto industry and it seems like they just couldn't make a bad-looking vehicle that year. This 1941 Ford pickup takes all the timeless styling cues from the 1940 Ford passenger cars (and you know how awesome those are) and adds a practical bed to create one of the best-looking pickups of all time.
Is there really any other color for one of these trucks beyond basic black? It looks so right that you'd be crazy to try anything else. At Ford, trucks took the front-end styling of the previous year's passenger car models, so the 1941 pickup is the spitting image of the 1940 Ford Deluxe, V-shaped grille, teardrop headlights, everything. The result is a classic look that remains popular with hobbyists of all ages. He black paint was applied a few years ago, so it shows a few signs of use, but the sheetmetal underneath is in good shape and wears the black paint and hand-painted red pinstripe with pride. No hack work, no ripples or obvious issues, just a clean old truck that has been properly driven and enjoyed. It's all steel, too, which is getting harder to find all the time, and all the bright trim remains in place, including the extra wide grille and hood trim that makes the look so familiar. The bed is full of light-colored planks with contrasting black strips, and like the rest of the truck, it's nice but not so perfect that you're afraid to actually use it.
At first glance, the bright red velour interior might seem overwhelming, but the contrast with the black paint is elegant and the workmanship is really quite good. The original bench was covered with a diagonal stitch pattern to add some interest, a theme that continues on the custom door panels. Original hardware complements the windshield surround and Classic Instruments gauges, all of which have a gold tone to the metal bits. A GM tilt column helps get comfortable in the upright cab and the woodgrained dash is really nicely done using what appears to be DyNoc from a woody wagon. An AM/FM/cassette stereo is fitted in an auxiliary panel below the dash, along with the controls and vents for the A/C system (which needs to be serviced). It's the kind of interior where the more you look at it, the more you like it.
Power comes not from a 95-horsepower flathead but a great-running 305 cubic inch V8 borrowed from a Pontiac Firebird. With plenty of torque and great V8 sounds, it's a great fit for a mild-mannered hot rod truck like this. It's not detailed for show, although the triangular air cleaner and finned valve covers make it look interesting. A Rochester Quadra-Jet carburetor lives atop a Holley intake and block-hugger headers offer decent service access. There's a TH400 3-speed automatic powering what appears to be a 10-bolt rear end, while the front suspension remains totally stock, right down to the transverse leaf spring. It's got a snarky exhaust note thanks to a custom dual exhaust system and old school torque thrusts carry 215/70/14 and 215/75/14 blackwalls, just to keep the truck theme alive.
This is a really neat truck, done the way you'd want it, all for a very reasonable price. Given the values on the passenger car versions, it won't be a surprise to see a SOLD sign on this one very soon. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Cloth Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Tilt Wheel
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