ALL STEEL FORD PICKUP, 350CI CHEVY, VINTAGE A/C, LASER STRAIGHT, EXCELLENT PAINT
Taking one of the best-looking pickup trucks ever made and turning it into one of the best-looking custom trucks we've ever seen should be easy right? Well, given the long list of details on this 1941 Ford pickup, you'll be convinced that they didn't just paint it red and call it a day. This sucker really is exceptional.
Although they didn't know it at the time, Ford designers created an all-time classic by combining the passenger car nose with the all-business pickup truck cab and bed. The same customizer's tricks that work so well on 1940 Fords work well here, too, including shaving the bumpers, deleting a few choice chrome bits, and painting the grille to match the body. Of course, with high-impact red paint on its flanks, you know they had to sweat the small stuff, because this truck is an eyeball magnet. As a result, the fit and finish are excellent, with doors that close without being slammed, a hood that seals up smoothly and curvaceous fenders that reflect light without distortion. The chrome strip that runs down the center of the nose is brightly chromed to stand out against the red paint and I have to admit I like the simplicity of the running boards without their usual rubber coverings. A beautifully crafted oak bed with stainless rub strips is pickup truck 101, but dig the trick spare tire mount that's built into the floor and keeps the spare (complete with its own custom cover) in place no matter what you're doing.
The leather-lined interior is definitely a no-compromises way to enjoy your vintage Ford. The factory bench seat looks traditional with narrow pleats, but the trick door panels, small-diameter banjo steering wheel, and cream-colored Classic Instruments gauges in an engine-turned panel are all custom tricks that blend seamlessly into the overall look. As a high-end rod, everything is in place, from the Vintage Air A/C to the Lokar shifter that looks like a vintage stick shift to the AM/FM/iPod stereo neatly stashed under the dash. Darker tan carpets enhance the upscale look and feel, and it would be easy to spend a weekend in here cruising around the country in first-class comfort.
Mechanically, this Ford doesn't break any new ground but that's not really the point. For reliability and performance, you just can't beat a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 topped by an Edelbrock carb and intake. That big air cleaner is from a mid-50s Cadillac, but has been painted satin black to give it an OEM vibe under the hood. The accessories have been mounted tight to the block so they fit under that pointed hood quite neatly. A big aluminum radiator keeps it cool, and headers feed a custom dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers out back. A Mustang II front suspension, complete with coil-overs, tubular A-arms and disc brakes gives it modern handling and braking, while the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission feeds a Ford 8-inch hanging on leaf springs, so it'll still work like a pickup truck. Custom steel wheels were painted to match the body and fitted with simple center caps, and the custom look is enhanced by 205/75/15 Coker wide whitewall radials.
A great custom is easy when you start with great base material, but on this Ford, they got all the little stuff right, too. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- Coil-Over Suspension
- Front Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- Power Brakes
- Tilt Wheel
- iPod Compatible
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