Beautiful custom build. Tilt front end, leather interior, 350 Chevy, auto, custom stereo, 4-wheel disc brakes. Multiple show winner, drive anywhere, ready to rock!
The post-war Fords were great-looking trucks, and the 1948-1952 models seem to embody that clean '40s look and they make a great foundation for a street rod. There's nothing terribly radical on this truck, which is the way we like it—no goofy graphics, no flames, no stripes, just super clean, straight sheetmetal that someone spent a ton of time getting exactly right. The nose has been modified into a 1-piece tilting setup that is powered by a pair of motors, so it always attracts a crowd when you open it up. Finish quality on the yellow paint is excellent, with a deep shine and no issues that suggest anything but professional workmanship. The doors fit well, the hood snugs down easily, and details like the shaved handles and bumpers are expertly done. Out back there's a custom rear roll pan with LED taillights and a license plate frame, while the bed itself still has a working tailgate and a heavy-duty diamond-plate floor. From any angle, this is a great-looking truck!
If you like the way it looks, you're going to love what you find inside: a custom leather and suede driver's compartment that looks like it cost a fortune to create. There's nothing "off the shelf" inside, from the custom power bucket seats to the beautifully sculpted door panels to the fabricated center console. The dashboard is a clean design with white-faced VDO gauges mounted in a central pod that looks right in the vintage Ford. There's a touch-screen stereo system in the center stack with speakers stashed throughout the interior and it sounds fantastic thanks to plenty of sound-deadening materials used throughout. The seats are supportive and comfortable for long-distance cruising and it's easy to get comfortable with a tilt column and power windows. This one looks like the work of a careful, patient, and methodical person. Nice!
Hit the button on the dash and the custom tilt front end motors itself open and shows off the great-running 350 cubic inch Chevy V8. It's not radical, but it's reliable, powerful, and fun. Horsepower comes from a Holley double-pumper up top, MSD HEI ignition system, and a set of block-hugging ceramic-coated headers to handle the spent gasses. For reliability, there's a giant aluminum radiator with electric fan, serpentine belt drive system for the accessories, and easy service access to all the parts. Power steering and power brakes are part of the package, so this truck is easy for anyone to handle and there's more diamond plate on the firewall to tie things together neatly. Turn the key and it starts quickly, every time—we've never had any problems with this truck. Blip the throttle after a few seconds and it drops to a comfortable 700 RPM idle and it's plenty torquey to make it feel fast around town.
The original frame was heavily modified and reinforced for use under the bright yellow pickup, including custom cross-members for the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and to clear the 9-inch Ford rear end. A Heidt's front suspension uses A-arms and coil-overs to give this truck crisp handling and a comfortable ride, while a traditional 4-link holds up the rear. There's a big disc brake at all four corners and the rumbling Flowmaster exhaust system has cool chrome outlets just ahead of the rear wheels. Power rack-and-pinion steering makes it feel surprisingly modern and ride quality is actually pretty good compared to what it was with the original buggy springs. Traditional Weld Pro-Star wheels are a great choice and carry staggered Hoosier radials.
This Ford is easy to love. Handsome, fast, fun, and beautifully built, it's ideal for the Power Tour, Woodward Dream Cruise, or even hitting the local cruise night once in a while. You'll draw a crowd with that tilting front end and the guy behind the wheel is going to smile every time he turns the key. This is a great little truck. Call today!
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