1/2 Ton Pickup
Frame Off Built Steel 1/2 Ton Pickup ZZ4 V8 700R4 4 Speed Auto A/C Disc Brakes
- GM Performance Parts ZZ4 crate engine / 355 horsepower
- 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission / 2,000 RPM stall converter
- Ford 8-inch rear axle
- Fatman Fabrications chassis / Upgraded suspension
- Rack-and-pinion steering / Front disc and rear drum brakes
- Budnik wheels
- Lightly modified body / House Of Kolor Cobalt paint
- Custom leather interior
- Vintage Air conditioning
- Modern Sony audio
* Restoration completed in 2005 / Sale includes restoration photos and receipts
* GM Performance Parts ZZ4 crate engine / 355 horsepower
* 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission / 2,000 RPM stall converter
* Custom leather interior / Vintage Air conditioning
* Lightly modified body / House Of Kolor Cobalt paint
* Fatman Fabrications chassis / Upgraded suspension
* Budnik wheels
* Modern Sony audio
* Rack-and-pinion steering / Front disc and rear drum brakes
* Ford 8-inch rear axle
In a world where smooth fiberglass street rods are a fact of life, finding a unique and authentic cruiser can be challenging. Some builds are dated and need to be modernized, while others are so thoroughly modern they'll be dated by next year. One of the best bets you can place is on a timeless creation like this impressive Ford pickup. It's a fully sorted masterpiece that was carefully planned and bolted together by someone who definitely knew their way around a garage. The parts list includes familiar items like a small block V8, a smooth shifting 4-speed, brilliant paint and a thoroughly tweaked interior; but the execution of those items is what sets the truck apart. If you've been searching for a super cool hot rod that can be driven and shown with pride, this impressive Ford is the perfect solution!
The hot pickup's smooth and solid body began life as a run-of-the-mill ½-ton that was maintained, driven and paraded for most of its existence. During a detailed, frame-off restoration, that old school metal was stripped, sanded, married to fiberglass rear fenders and layered in brilliant House Of Kolor Cobalt 2-stage. That 2-stage, applied by Chewning's Unlimited of Mooresville, North Carolina, was complemented with a fresh wood bed, stainless skid strips and light blue pin striping. That highly detailed striping dances around Advanced Plating chrome, factory heat extractors, smoked glass and modern mirrors. Vintage-look headlights, fiberglass running boards, traditional door handles and a small wiper ensure excellent functionality. Massaged front fenders and a custom grille shell join a smoothed cargo box, a custom roll pan and slick LED tail lamps to provide the simple yet unique perfection that characterizes timeless street rodding. And today, this sharp pickup is one sizzling classic that looks cooler than pretty much every car at any show its owner chooses to attend!
When that owner purchased this Ford it was all flathead, all the way. And, while the flathead is a nice novelty that provides a really authentic ownership experience, serious road chops require serious upgrades. Sourced directly from GM Performance Parts, the truck's serious chops come in the form of a 350 cubic inch ZZ4 crate engine that twists stout 10 to 1 compression into 355 horsepower and 405 lb./ft. of torque. The mean motor's energy mixture is supplied by a coated carburetor, which is sandwiched between a polished, dual-plane intake and chrome, low-profile air cleaner. That mixture travels in to aluminum L98 cylinder heads, which hang chrome valve covers and chrome breathers over stamped rocker arms and hypereutectic pistons. That valvetrain combusts thanks to a forged, internally-balanced crank, powdered connecting rods and a billet cam. Fire for that combustion comes courtesy of a Delco-Remy HEI distributor and loomed Taylor plug wires. That fire is kept in check by a Griffin aluminum radiator, which is mated to chrome flex hoses, a polished overflow tank and a big electric puller fan. Traditional V-belts spin a polished alternator opposite a polished AC compressor while spent gases are cycled through coated Sanderson block huggers. And first-rate details, like braided fluid lines, trick dipsticks and a Lokar throttle linkage, ensure this Chevy Orange mill is more than just a random curbside attraction.
Every good street rod has a solid foundation. Flip this Ford upside down and you'll find a roster of mechanical improvements that mix classic looks with modern mobility. A beefy 700R4 4-speed, sourced directly from TCI Auto, spins power through a 2,000 RPM stall converter to an 8-inch Ford axle. That tough drivetrain rides on a full Fatman Fabrications frame, which mixes a Mustang II-style front half with traditional rear leafs. Modern rack-and-pinion steering is a welcome addition, and fresh front disc and rear drum brakes are a big performance upgrade. There's a coated exhaust system that snakes through polished, Flowmaster Hushpower II mufflers and square stainless tips. Everything rides on shielded Budnik wheels, which spin 185/75R14 Kumho Solus KR21s in front of 235/75R15 Michelin Radial XH4s. And items like stainless fluid lines, a finned transmission cooler and a 15-gallon Rock Valley fuel tank, filled through an electronically actuated bed plank, finish an otherwise impressive canvas.
Decked in rich leather, this pickup's classy and vibrant cockpit was professionally installed by Chuck Hanna's Hot Rod Interiors of Mooresville, North Carolina. A body-matched dash hangs chrome-trimmed VDO telemetry, modern Vintage Air climate control and a polished, “V8” branded glovebox between billet foot pedals, a tilting Ididit steering column and a half-wrapped, Colorado Customs Fire wheel. In front of that dash, an Ostrich-trimmed TEA's Design seat, partitioned for the driver and one lucky passenger, seems appropriate to the quality of the truck's restoration. At the bottom of that seat, a sleek combination of carpet and leather centers a short Lokar shifter and polished emergency brake lever between custom kick panels. At the sides of the passengers, sculpted door skins position long pulls beneath billet handles, chrome window switches and cool Ostrich accents, which reflect perfectly in the aforementioned dash. And, professionally installed Sony audio, which makes excellent use of fresh Painless wiring, rides inside a custom headliner that's stretched between custom cab panels, a polished rearview mirror and an Ostrich-trimmed windshield frame.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION
* Restoration photos
* Restoration receipts
'30s Fords have aged with more grace than most, wearing a design that's still capable of turning heads in its basic factory form. The restorer's decision to leave those basics alone and make only time-tested adjustments is a huge part of why this truck works so well. With its spry motor, smooth-shifting 4-speed, comfortable interior and vintage swagger, you'll never tire of finding this custom in your garage. Stop watching opportunity pass you by. Add this classic to your collection today!
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