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Cars & Coffee: This Chevy Pickup Will Make You Smile

Robert Emslie July 8, 2014 Cars and Coffee 18 Comments


My local Cars & Coffee meet-up is always an eclectic mix of sports cars, muscle cars and hot rods, and sometimes vehicles that challenge description. That was the case this past Saturday morning when this wild WWII-era Chevy pickup rolled into town. You’ve heard the expression that’s just crazy enough to work, well this duelly truck is over the top crazy, but amazingly, it all works.


Yes, it’s ratted out, but there is so much rich detail here that it’s far more than just the latest hot rod style de jure. First off, in reverse of tradition and all that is holy, this Chevy is Ford-powered. Yup, that’s a Ford flathead six on display under the cut-away hood.


Amazingly, that’s not the weirdest or most wonderful thing about this truck which is obviously intended to deliver miles of smiles. I’ll just let you discover some of the other crazy design elements that went into crafting this fun runner by yourself. And yes, those are traffic lights.





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  • Joe Btfsplk

    The builder is an obvious fan of "This old House"… built with house parts from Bob Vila's basement. Extraordinary and Cool!

  • PotbellyJoe ❤❤❤❤♡

    I love the fuse box. That's pure quality.

    • jeepjeff

      It pairs nicely with the knob-and-tube stand-offs for the spark plug wires.

  • Scandinavian Flick ★

    The lead picture on this post is probably among the most perfect I've ever seen.

  • Irishzombieman☆

    House wiring components on a car! The knob-and-tube insulators for plug wire holders! The license plate gauge cluster! Ford-powered Chevy! HAHAHA HA! Wingnuts!

    /collapses in delighted giggling hysteria

    • Irishzombieman☆


      Laughing so hard I'm crying!

      • jeepjeff

        My college beater had a busted dash switch for the heater core control. You could turn the heat on from inside the cabin, but I had to pop the hood and pull on a cable to reset the the heater valve. Since I only had to do it about once a year (turn off the heat in spring), it was less annoying than you'd expect.

        The sink valve seems like an entirely reasonable solution. Particularly since you don't even have to pop the hood. This thing is amazing.

      • Scandinavian Flick ★

        This whole truck is like one of those "what's wrong with this picture" games in kids' game books.

  • Night Traveller

    Love that rig. But it must ride like a bulldozer.

  • Still trying to figure out what the oil can spout under the hood does.

    I had a Blazer with a a screwdriver JB Welded in place for a turn signal stalk, but that was only because I wanted to keep the cruise control and a new switch with cruise control was over $100. (I was a broke college student.)

    • My best guess for the spout is that it's a replacement for the cowl vent drain tube.

  • Mike England

    this may be the best rat rod pickup truk I've ever seen! even if it is part bowtie!!

  • Van_Sarockin

    Nicely done and a fun build. But I hate the bobbed bed.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Crystal Meth and Peyote is a hell of a speedball.

    • Drzhivago138

      "We can't stop here! This is Dodge country!"

  • CEMaine
  • tonyola

    The Chevy bowtie with the Ford blue oval emblem is a nice touch. This should give pause to those with pissing-Calvin stickers on their rides.

  • Oilburner

    It's still less weird than the Nissan Cube.