1933 Ford Pickup
A lot has been written about the history of hot rods. But the
origin of hot rods can be pointed to just before the end of World
War II. In fact, the craze for custom cars began even further back,
to before World War I. Customizing cars was much popular with the
well-heeled in the U.S. and Europe. The period between the end of
the war in 1945 and the beginning of the 1950s saw a number of
factors which came together, mainly in one place, southern
California, which created a unique environment for the hot rod and
its culture to be born. In hot rods history, the term "hot rods"
seems to have first appeared in the late 1930s in southern
California. People would love to race their modified cars on the
vast, empty dry lake beds northeast of Los Angeles under the rules
of the Southern California Timing Association. The activity rose in
popularity after World War II. The original hot rods were old cars,
most often Fords, which were modified to reduce weight and improve
aerodynamics. Some of the typical modifications were to strip off
all nonessential parts like convertible tops, hood, bumpers,
windshields and lowering the chassis. The engine was modified by
tuning and/or replacing with a more powerful type. These
modifications were considered to improve the appearance as well,
leading to car shows in the 1960s. Eventually coupes, sedans, and
pickup trucks joined the ranks.
For consignment, a 33 Ford pick that has been built with the who's
who of parts. Utilizing a stretched Shadow Rods chassis, a No More
Rust body, forward moved firewall and longer cab, a Ford SVO turbo
powerplant, Ron Francis wiring, a custom dash, and Wiseguys custom
seats the only thing left for you to do is some assembly and pick
your paint color. Read on to learn about the sum of the parts that
make up this 1 of a kind trick street rod, er truck.
With body courtesy of the boys in Louisiana at No More Rust, we see
a swept back Alumicraft thin bar chrome grille in a black corral.
With chrome bullet bezel 1939 Chevrolet headlights flank the grille
and are mounted to stalks growing from the frame and a steel hood
and hood cowlings, also from No More Rust, a little chop for the
top, and it was enough to make me stop...and gaze into the future
hot rod show trophy land. Fiberglass doors are on, and the cab has
been stretched 4" in this area making entrance and exit a breeze.
This stretch works in conjunction with the firewall being moved 4"
forward to give a much appreciated 8" of extra legroom for the
occupants. Peeking out from below the grafted on drilled visor is a
Newport Engineering direct fit wiper kit. Bringing up the rear is
an all-steel bed with an unfinished floor giving us a view of all
the rear suspension workings. Just below the tailgate are a pair of
1951 Nash taillights that look perfectly at home, especially with
dual exhaust tips peeking out below. Wheelsmith red powder coated
steel wheels adorn all 4 corners and are wrapped in like new Coker
bias look wide whitewall radials. We note that while the doors have
had their glass installed the front and rear windows are not
included and a trip to your local glass shop will be in order.
A pop of the lightweight door, and we see nothing but cool custom
aluminum bead rolled door panels in their natural finish, simple
but effective in their statement and held within are power windows.
Wise Guys custom low back bucket seats in Ultraleather have been
added and present with red tuck and roll centers and smooth black
bolsters. The driver's seat is already mounted, and the passenger's
seat is included with the purchase. Moving forward, a 1951 Ford F1
dash has been carefully installed along with a custom lower
extension and houses dual round Classic Industries gauge pods to
monitor all engine vitals. An Ididit steering column has been
bolted in with a smaller diameter 1940 Ford steering wheel topping
it off. Moving across the dash we see the cutout for the radio
which is bare but the purchase includes a 1953 Ford radio that has
been redone and is now AM/FM/Bluetooth capable. In front of the
passenger is a small glove box which holds the controls for the
Vintage Air heat and AC system. All the hoses for this system have
been cut to length and are ready to install. More bead rolled
aluminum wraps around the rear of the cab and for the flooring we
note plain steel and an aluminum driveshaft tunnel with a short
handled shifter well within the driver's reach. A Hagen clutch and
brake pedal assembly hangs from under the dash and is connected to
Hagen clutch and brake master cylinders.
Tilting the all steel hood to the side we are met with Ford power
in the form of a 2.3 liter 4 cylinder from a 1986 SVO Mustang. This
mill is both turbocharged and intercooled and is fed by a Holley
Terminator fuel injection controller and harness. Bolted to the
back is a Tremec T5 5-speed manual transmission with a Quicktime
blowproof bellhousing, a Ram clutch, and a hydraulic throwout
bearing. Bringing up the tail end is a Ford 9" axle weighing in
with a 3.50 ratio. Also included is another Ford 9" center section
with a 3.50 TracLoc unit installed. A Wizard Cooling performance
aluminum radiator has been added along their cooling fan and fan
shroud to handle heat removal.
A strong steel frame from Shadow Rods in Saginaw, MI has been
stretched 4" provides the backbone for this one of a kind build. A
chrome transverse leaf spring front suspension is on with a 4" drop
Lucky 7 drilled and chromed front axle and for the rear we note a
Shadow Rods split bone rear suspension with adjustable coilovers.
All working together to provide a nice lowered stance. SSBC
polished aluminum front disc brakes have been installed and
compliment the rear discs, courtesy of a Ford Explorer. A like new
single exhaust system feeds into a glasspack style muffler as it
snakes its way rearward then splits off into dual outlets and
finishes with straight cut tips. All is just as well thought out
and executed as the top side!
While not running at the present time due to needing to be wired
up, our consignor states that the engine does run well and the
sound of the turbo spooling up will be music to your ears.
It's not often that a gift such as this 33 Ford comes along in
project form. Unlike most, this truck is well thought out, planned,
and uses the best of the best when it comes to components. The
receipt list reads akin to a who's who catalog of street rodding
and a dare to be different turbo 4 cylinder powerplant will make
you stand out from the crowd. A little elbow grease and a vision of
greatness in your own design is all that's left to finish this
truck and make it your new prize winner making all the V8 guys
Please Note: This truck is sold on a manufacturers MSO as it has
never been titled. Please do your own research to see what is
required by your country, state or province to shift the MSO to a
certificate of title.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.