Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Truck Thursday. The American Hot Rod…. These were usually fashioned from the early Ford Model T, or the Ford Model A, and were the staple of the California Custom Car movement for several decades. The formula was simple; Take a discarded Model T or Model A, install a Ford Flathead V-8 (or a Chevy Small Block during the sixties), add period performance parts including engine enhancements, a more modern braking system, and modern tires, some upholstery work, and a jazzy paint job, and you were cruisin’ on a Saturday Night. This little Truck takes pages from the golden era of Hot Rods, only with a twist….
Take a look at the engine compartment. The usual Hot Rod Formula is to install a modified Ford Flathead V-8, or a souped-up Chevy Small Block. This doesn’t have either, just a modified version of the Ford Model A Four Cylinder powerplant, with period performance pieces bolted on. Some of those vintage pieces include a Mallory Dual Point Distributor, a Thomas Manifold with two carburetors, a finned high compression aluminum head, and cast iron swept-back headers.
The one concession to highway cruising is the replacement of the original Model A transmission with a T-5 Five Speed Manual. Brakes are 48 Ford Hydraulic Units, there is a dropped front axle, and new Firestone wide white bias-ply tires. The seats were re-upholstered with the hides from an old leather sofa, and the paint was meant to replicate the battleship gray paint you may have purchased at a surplus store.
This Truck is in the early stages of a 10 day auction, with a Buy-It-Now price of $29,000. To me that is an awful lot of change for this particular truck, but it is worth something because it is a rare and wonderful beast. See the eBay listing here.