CHASSIS NO: T4129070
• Crowd-pleasing design
• Artistic creativity on wheels
• Professional quality build
• Excellent touring and show truck
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248 cid Buick OHV inline eight-cylinder engine, 125 HP, four Weber single-barrel carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with longitudinal leaf springs, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 116"
Prior to WWII, trucks were generally built and engineered to work, and more interest was given in how big a payload, or how much of a return on the purchase investment these vehicles could deliver. After the war, pickup trucks eventually started to move into the suburbs and become accepted as part of a family’s transportation. Hot rodders started to look at these workhorses in a different light and, in the early 1950s, some pretty wild custom trucks were created. In the 1990s, a new genre called the Rat Rod was born and many of the older derelict, overlooked trucks of yesteryear were brought back to life. They weren’t necessarily pretty, and they were often powered by unconventional drivetrains. This unique example of a rugged Dodge Pickup from the late 1930s is a perfect blend of old-school design and build quality with a modern spin with a vintage engine and transmission setup.
Starting with the basic components of a 1937 Dodge ½-ton pickup, all the cab’s sheet metal was worked over resulting in a superb fit and finish far above what the factory may have produced. Tinted glass was installed offering a bit of comfort while the exterior panels were treated to hours of smoothing and repairing any flaws in the skin. Artistic-like skill and ingenuity went into this build with many custom touches. Doors were worked to ensure a tight fit and then the handles were shaved to present a smooth visual appearance. Access to the cab is obtained by concealed pull-rings under the cab. The interior was handcrafted starting with the dashboard which utilizes large-face gauges sourced from Classic Instruments Vintage series, followed by hand stitched top-grain leather bucket seats with the “Dodge” name embroidered on their backs. Door panels are constructed of hand-sewn leathers in brown and white with solid custom-built wooden armrests. The unique Banjo-style steering wheel is mounted to a billet aluminum IDIDIT tilt steering column. A completely hand-constructed pickup bed is a work of a master craftsman with the smooth sides and tight-fitting tailgate protecting a bed made up of alternating dark walnut and golden oak squares in an intricate zig-zag pattern. The exterior of the truck was painted a rich root-beer brown with contrasting Golden Harvest Tan for the chassis, body highlights, bed main support rails and center grille bars.
Providing the “thunder” for this ride is an inline eight-cylinder engine that started life under the hood of a 1949 Buick. It was completely rebuilt and, during the process, a special intake manifold was secured on which a quartet of Weber carburetors were installed with mechanical linkage set to open the throats of these fuel hungry devices in unison providing plenty of power, quite a bit more than the factory specs of 115 horsepower. Helping with the sure-fire delivery is a custom MSD electronic ignition package with the entire 12-volt electrical system using the most modern of alternators. Exhaust is ported through a pair of custom made headers which provide a fearsome roar when the pedal is put to the metal. To give this truck a long-low stance, the original frame was lengthened and then supported by a suspension from a Chevrolet S-10 pickup which provided components for a smooth ride and easy handling. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a Ford 9” rear-end fitted with 3.73 gears, giving it plenty of pick up for quick getaways. Additionally, stopping power is provided by the four-wheel disc brake system from the original S-10 pickup. The consignor tells us simply, “This truck is a blast to drive!” It is sure to provide enjoyable motoring and plenty of admiration from those who see it.