1. The History
This 1941 Ford truck was quite popular in the Bay Area, but youngsters wouldn’t remember it. However, the local old-timers all remember seeing it and even shared with the new owner, Steve McClain, copies of show programs that featured this truck. One even had an issue of Rod & Custom magazine that featured this classic, which was in July 1962.
2. The Initial Condition
Dave Simonds, Steve’s friend, found this truck at a swap meet, and he told him about it. Steve offered the owner a trade with another unfinished project; however, the condition of the truck was not nearly as nice as the story had sounded. The body of the track was covered in a faded orange paint job, the interior was unrecognizable, and every corner of the truck had rust holes in them. The bed of the truck was a wreck, along with most of the lower side of the truck. Although, the louvered hood, front fenders with the headlights indented in them, and the rear fenders were still recognizable, which were emblematic to this classic.
3. The Engine
The original custom truck had a 1956 Oldsmobile engine, but it wasn’t in it anymore when Steve bought it. Steve brought things closer to home by installing a 1992 Ford 5.0 HO engine. He then added anEdelbrock Performer manifolds, Edelbrock 600 cfm carburetor, and Moon Finned valve covers. He changed the electrical charging system, installing a 100-amp alternator, as well as an electric fan.