Our friends over at RK Motors Charlotte have done it again with this beautiful rod. With class and a modern touch, check out this 1940 Ford 1/2-ton pickup truck that may have you seduced at first sight.
1940s Fords have been a staple in the hot rod and street rod scene with its tight proportions and flawless stance. For all the admiration these Fords have garnered over the years, seven decades to be exact, it’s clear that these trucks will hold its prestige just as the 50s F100s have. Some may feel these are just ordinary, but this truck in particular has a unique flair that had us curious to find out more.
With a simple body structure that can be modified easily, this ‘40 Ford only has a few simple changes that completely morph its visual appeal and aesthetics. Splashed with three coats of PPG Viper Red paint and PPG clear coat, this truck took a whopping 12-years to bring it back to life.
Completed back in 2011 at Manns Restoration of St. Louis, Missouri, this dazzling beauty of truck was stripped down completely and chopped. The body includes fiberglass fenders, a full tonneau, and a custom roll pan.
The polished grille, modern headlights, and simply taillights make for a clean and classy setup. These features are complemented with shaved drip rails, shaved doors, and small mirrors, which help to complete the sweet presentation.
Initially, this Ford had a flathead mill, which is nothing out of the ordinary. Looking for something different, John Barrett Hot Rod Engines of McLoud, Oklahoma, dropped in a 350 cubic-inch small block V8 that’s mated to a TH700R4 four-speed automatic transmission.
A large Holley carb and John Barrett heads help to make this baby churn to its full potential. Behind the sizable mill and tranny is an 8-inch Ford axle as well as a dual Flowmaster exhaust system with polished stainless steel pipes.
The Ford sits on an offset 16-inch front, 18-inch rear Billet Specialties wheels, which spin Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber. The power disc brake kit up front and power drum in the rear can stop this truck on a dime, which also has power steering to make handling responsive and precise.
Heading inside, the interior of this truck features a simple tan leather color scheme. The truck has VDO telemetry that look cool and Vintage Air climate control to keep you cool. It also has a Budnik steering wheel and a custom consolette at the bottom of the bench seat that includes a shifter and toggle switches for the hidden Sony Xplod audio system.
This truck has all the makings of a legitimate show stopper right out of the gate. The work has been completed, the time has been put it, and the money has been spent to get this truck looking beautiful.
Stunningly beautiful, this ’40 Ford pickup deserves a cruise out on the coast. What would be your first order of business if this truck fell into your possession?
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