A fresh owner-built 1936 Ford Pickup with around 850 miles on the build. The body is finished in Folkstone Grey and is all steel other than the aftermarket fiberglass fenders. Motivation comes by way of a fresh 276” Ford flathead backed by a rebuilt Ford top loader out of a ‘41 Ford pickup and an 8” Ford rear-end with 3:55 gears. Machine work and assembly performed by NewCo motors in Kentland, Indiana.
The stance is achieved by way of a Super Bell 4” dropped axle up front and a Chassis Engineering parallel leaf spring kit out back with 2” blocks. Diamondback radial wide whites (205/70/15 front & 235/70/15 rear) are mounted to powder coated Vintiques Wheels. Stopping is done with discs up front and drums out back.
The interior, of course, was finished to the same standard as the exterior and was stitched by Twin City Upholstery in Bloomington, Illinois. The steering column is out of a ‘40 Ford while the wheel is a reproduction – the assembly sprouts from high-end square weave carpet. On top sits a traditional style bench finished in full leather. Classic gauges finish off the painted dash.
Ohh… and the bed is fully finished as well with a wood kit from Mac’s.
Questions From The Jalopy Journal:
What’s the worst aspect of the pickup?
”The only flaw I am aware of is a small crack in the paint just behind the drip rails on the roof. There’s also maybe five or six pin holes in the paint that are barely visible. I’ve been doing paint and body for 40 years and I’d call this a 9.8 of 10.”
What’s the best aspect of the pickup?
”This truck is just fun to drive. It’s comfortable, rides nicely, and runs great. I can’t think of anything I’ve built that was more fun on the road.”
Thoughts From The Jalopy Journal:
If you are in the market for an early Ford Pickup and you wouldn’t do one much differently than this example, then this is a pretty damned good opportunity to save some money. The reserve is set well below what it would cost to build this truck today.
Plus, this is an owner built Ford and I’ve always felt you can feel the love in projects like this. When you build with passion rather than a bottom line in mind, details tend to get a different kind of attention… and while dealing with the owner for this auction, I could tell he cares. That’s worth something.