1933 Ford Pickup
1933 Ford HotRod Pickup -
built with a traditional flavor
This 1933 Ford pickup hotrod was borne from respect of traditionally styled hotrods. Built in the same vein as those built back in day; in our very own garage and driveway, this build is the result of our 30+ years of experienced handiwork. From welding, to the assembly, to finishing and painting, you could find us - (Dad, brother and myself) - every Saturday, for a good part of three years, in the garage working on this build. The vision was all mine, the execution was a collaboration of all three of us. The result is an awesome traditionally built and inspired hotrod that is as cool as it is reliable.
A Brief Story:
While looking for a project, I stumbled upon a very derelict and neglected pickup truck in a New Jersey junkers yard. After it arrived off the wrecker's truck and after the horror of what I just got myself into wore off, and after we each got tetanus shots, we tore the truck down to the ground, literally. Every nut and bolt was removed, even Henry Ford's original mutli-ply frame was split apart to ensure that we got access to every square inch of the truck. The original frame rails were repaired (this is a truck, and it was USED as a truck), straightened and boxed for safety and rigidity. The front suspension was renewed with a new lower transverse spring, modern dampening shocks, a vintage chromed Dago dropped axle, and split 'bones. The rear suspension features a dropped crossmember and original transverse spring. The 1974 Nova rear open-drive axle was selected because, well, that's what we had (this is a traditionally inspired build, remember?) and is securely located by customized '36 Ford bones, DOM steel tubing torque bars, all pivoting in unison through a Ford Model A wishbone ball.
The suspension articulates freely, without any bind, just like they need to. Front brakes are Ford F-1 hydraulic units with new shoes. Rear brake shoes are new as well, as are the rear bearings and seals. The brakes are actuated by a Chevy C10 dual reservoir master cylinder mounted on the firewall. As was a common upgrade in the 1960s, the original wheels were scrapped and replaced with 1935 Ford wire wheels, then wrapped in new Firestone bias-ply tires sourced from Coker. The wheels are fully restored. The '35 Ford flathead was removed and replaced with the engine that killed it: the smallblock Chevy. The engine is an early 1960's freshly rebuilt 283 mill with a mild cam and topped with a 3x2 Rochester carb intake setup sourced from Hollywood Hotrods of Staten Island, NY. The transmission is a Saginaw 4-speed and the clutch is hydraulically actuated. The scary original steering sector was scrapped and replaced with a new
Vega box (safety first!) utilizing a typical hotrod cross-steer setup.
The fuel tank is a new (steel) 12-gallon unit located in the Army field box in the bed.
The mill is kept cool by a new 4-core aluminum radiator designed to fit into the stock '33 Ford grille. Headlights are from an unknown pre-war car but updated with halogen internals. The wiring harness is all new, featuring period-correct cloth covered wires and modern fuses. The paint is a single-stage enamel with just the right amount of sheen. Everything works on this truck including the lights, stoplights, turn signals, gauges, etc. There is no radio, the music comes from the engine bay and the heat wrapped pipes!
This truck is ready to be enjoyed on the open road, just fire it up and take a giant step back in time as the miles roll by. Just be ready for lots of onlookers, thumbs ups, and a lot of questions from curious folks. We've driven the truck only about 1,000 miles since its completion, taking it to only a few period-appropriate shows and small local events in the New England area. The truck runs, steers and stops great.
The only problem with this truck is me: I don't have enough time to drive it. So due to other commitments, it is reluctantly available for purchase for $29,000.