This 1949 Ford custom's story has appeared in many publications,
including Street Rodder Magazine in 2017, and the car is now
available from Maxmotive's Boca Raton FL showroom. Built by noted
customizer Joe Bailon, it made its debut in 1954 at the legendary
Oakland Roadster Show, at a time when radical customs ruled the hot
rod world. This one was not only converted to a pickup, it was
chopped, channeled, and sectioned with frenched headlights from a
Merc and taillights from a '54 Pontiac. It would then lie dormant
for many years before being resurrected by Jeff Nickell's Customs.
Jeff lovingly restored the car -- called the "Shampoo Truck'' due
to its use as a promotional vehicle for hair-care products -- which
is believed to have been driven just 497 miles since the
restoration. It pays homage to a great period in automotive
history. The PPG red and black paint is highlighted by
period-correct hand pinstriping. The custom two-tone bench seat
interior features more striping on the dash. A big 1957 Cadillac V8
provides smooth torquey power and a 700R4 automatic makes it easy
to drive. The build is well engineered with extensive body and
chassis reinforcements to handle the power. This historic 1949 Ford
custom is a show winner that can be driven and enjoyed.
1949 Ford Custom
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