DrivetrainA Weiand intake and Edelbrock carb tops the bone-stock Chevy 305ci small-block Johnny pulled out of a retired '77 model to provide simple and reliable power for his pickup. A Mallory ignition makes the spark and rams-horn exhaust manifolds send the spent gasses to an owner-built exhaust system. Remaining items like the Corvette finned valve covers come from Johnny's collection of "whatever I had laying around." Backing up the budget mill is a Turbo 350 automatic trans rebuilt by Bill Allen and a new custom-built driveshaft.
ChassisThe foundation for Johnny's hot rod started with a Brookville Roadster perimeter frame set up with a 2-inch kick-up in the rear that he bolted a Magnum 4-inch dropped I-beam to up front and an 8-inch Ford axle to the rear. Magnum discs on matching spindles on the front in conjunction with a pair of Ford drums on the rear do the stopping. A fresh Flaming River steering box keeps the truck between the lines.
Wheels and TiresA set of '35 Ford 16-inch wire wheels (stock 4 inches wide in the front and widened an inch in the rear) ride inside a pair of Goodyear M-90 motorcycle tires up front and a pair of All-State 6.50x16 donuts in the rear.
Body and PaintA very clean set of original 1929 Ford tin only needed a light scuffing before Boyd Spencer gave it all a fresh coat of satin black paint. An original grille sits in front of a Rootlieb hood and '28 Ford commercial headlights take their place up front with a pair of '34 Ford units in the rear. Johnny tracked down a '32 Ford front bumper with just the right amount of patina before bolting it to the front of his pickup.
InteriorA simple truck needs a simple interior, and in this case it's an Indian blanket covering a homemade plywood and foam seat. The remainder is all freshly painted, original Henry Ford sheetmetal except for a Brookville '32-style dash fitted with a set of vintage Stewart Warner gauges in a S/W panel. A PSI Sprint Car steering wheel mounts on top of an owner-built column.