The words "cooling advancements" and "Flathead Ford" seem contradictory but the 8-series engine that Paul chose cools vastly better than earlier models. Dave Swenson machined and assembled it with a stock Ford crank but its 0.060-inch overbore Sealed Power pistons took it from 239 cubes to 248. The later Offenhauser heads Paul chose preserve one of the engine's cooling advantages, a smart choice even if their forward outlets make them less popular. A legacy camshaft, a Winfield SU1A, pops the valves, and the engine breathes through Stromberg 97s on a two-pot Offy manifold. Dustin Reichel built the headers and the pipes between them and the Smithy mufflers.

Paul shifts gears the old way, on a '39 Ford toploader. Jim Rupe in El Cajon, CA, close to Paul's old stomping grounds, freshened it up. Tardel cut down the driveshaft as part of the chassis package deal he made with Paul.

The '28-29 roadster pickup bodies that Last Refuge Hot Rods in Dolores, CO, builds are dimensional copies from the firewall to the back of the doors. The back of the cab looks somewhat stock but the additional 4 inches in it improves comfort and the curved backside helps the looks. Last Refuge then shortens both the front and back of its beds to a curt 40 inches. Reichel mounted the body and bed, redid the firewall and floor pan, and fit the remainder of the skin. Brookville stamped the shaved grille shell but Reichel built the hood between it and the body and louvered it on the shop's Pullmax. For his coup de grâce, he finished the bodywork and shot the black acrylic enamel. Arrow built the sealed beam lights that point forward and the '29 Ford ones that face rearward come from the reproduction market.

After all these years Paul got the one thing he never could: a '40 Ford dash. Reichel fit it to the body. When Paul grabbed the F-1 steering box he also nabbed its attendant column. Atop that is a '40 Ford DeLuxe steering wheel. Reichel and Eric Peterson pitched in to build the plywood seat and side panels. Reichel learned to sew on an old commercial walking-foot machine and trimmed the cockpit in ox-blood-tanned hides made from the seldom-seen Nauga. Jim Deist's belts will keep Paul in the car in the unlikely event of it striking anything.