• The frame in this hot rod was built almost 90 years ago, in 1935, but don’t expect to get much more than that from the history books.
• This hot rod was completely reworked in 2009 for land speed competitions and is now street legal with a Chevy V-8 engine, a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission, and plenty of other upgrades.
• The 1940 Ford body has been completely redone with a So-Cal feel, but there’s still a heated bench seat for when you’re chilly.
By the time they reach 80 years old, very few vehicles haven’t had at least some work done. You know. A touch-up here, a nip and tuck there. And, sometimes, you just go the whole distance and evolve into something totally different. That’s the case with this Ford Roadster Pickup Hot Rod, which combines a modified 1935 Ford frame with 1940 Ford bodywork and plenty of modern updates to create something completely new. And it could be yours by next week, as the truck is up for auction. It’s our latest Auction Pick of the Day on Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos. What can we say? We’ve got a thing for cool, old converted trucks.
For our purposes, the story of this truck restarts in 2009, when Hot Rod Haven of Albuquerque, New Mexico, started building this roadster for use in land speed competitions. The truck did just that until 2013 and was converted to street use in 2014. Today, the hot rod uses a 383-cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8 engine, a General Motors 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission, and a Ford 8.0-inch rear end.
The engine has been modified with Edelbrock Performer cylinder heads, a Holley carburetor, and chrome So-Cal-branded valve covers. There’s some corrosion on the headers. Hod Rod Haven also installed chrome front shock absorbers and Pete & Jake’s suspension components.
The So-Cal vibe is certainly evident in the way this truck looks now. The black exterior paintwork, adorned with large “#4041” graphics on the sides, is matched by a black removable hard top and black vinyl upholstery on the interior, including the heated bench seat. Excelsior tires sit on black-finished steel wheels with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes.
The driver gets information about the car from the So-Cal-branded instrumentation panel with a 200-mph speedometer, tachometer and auxiliary gauges. There’s also a digital stereo, Lexan wing windows, and a front tow loop. While the five-digit odometer says just 3000 miles, the total chassis mileage is unknown. The title is registered in New Mexico. If you’re interested, the auction is scheduled to end on Monday, November 21, and as of Friday the bidding is at $7000.
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