Al and Kelly PackardFort Myers, Florida'29 Roadster Pickup
ChassisThe Hot Rods & Custom Stuff-modified Deuce frame is one of the least noticeable components but was a centerpiece of the build and probably plays the biggest part in the success of the finished pickup's overall look. The 'rails drop the front end 3 inches, a Magnum I-beam axle lowers it another 5. The front rides on Eaton springs and Pete & Jake's shocks, plus a split wishbone. Wilson Machine & Welding provided the '39 Lincoln brakes riding on '40 Ford spindles. The lower links of the rear four-link are made from early Ford radius rods. Ford grabbers were mounted in the rear, along with Bilstein coilovers. A Flaming River Vega-style box controls the steering.
DrivetrainSixty years ago, no hot rodder had access to a small-block, let alone one stroked out to 383 ci with a 400 crank, and loaded with Keith Black pistons on Pink rods, plus Dart Iron Eagle heads, and a Barry Grant Speed Demon 650 carburetor on an Edelbrock intake-but if he did, this is exactly the engine he would've built. The Borg-Warner Super T10 four-speed with a Hurst shifter is tied to a Currie rearend with 3.55:1 ring-and-pinion ratio.
Wheels & TiresBig 'n' little bias-ply skinnies on steelies provide the perfect postwar look Al was going for. The Wheel Vintiques 16x4 and 16x6 rims were painted and pinstriped and dressed up with rings and caps. Coker Tires provided the vintage Firestone rubber, measuring 450/475-16 and 750-16 front and back.
Body & PaintThe Brookville '29 cab and Mack pickup bed were sent to Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, where they were dropped onto the HR&CS 'rails. That's where the custom hood was built. Al knew punching louvers into the hood would add a longer appearance to the narrow '29 cowl. The louvered tailgate carries the look to the back of the vehicle. The Speedway Motors grille is framed by a Brookville shell, with '40s Guide headlamps on either side. The '42-48 Ford taillamps came from Bob Drake. PPG epoxy primer was used to finish the body, bed, and frame. Jake from Jake's Pinstriping added a little brushwork to the headlight housings and dash, plus a custom cowl piece depicting Kelly and her pet parrot. A custom convertible top goes on when the Florida sun shines hot.
InteriorThe cockpit is as basic and cool as the rest of the pickup, and perfect for the time period of the pickup. Al is a retired Flying Tiger pilot and his interest in aircraft is reflected in the 1939 Beechcraft AT-11 bomber seats, plainly upholstered in military cotton duck olive drab and school bus vinyl, with military seatbelts from Hooker Custom Harness. Al's own uniform wings were added to the '34 Plymouth gauge cluster, which he bought off of eBay and installed in a modified '32 Ford dash. The knob on the Hurst shifter is decorated with the Flying Tiger logo. Diamond point rubber covers the floor and a '40 Ford wheel from LeCarra rides on a '48 panel truck column. Al installed the stereo components and Kelly took care of the wiring duties.