Rod & Custom Feature Car
Dave & Patti Hochevar
Perkinsfield, Ontario, Canada
1942 Dodge pickup
An almost completely stock Chevy S-10 chassis now lives under the Dodge sheetmetal, with the stock front and rearends, brakes, master cylinder, and power steering box. The 3.07:1 rearend is mounted on the S-10 parallel leaf springs, though the original body mounts were removed and new ones fabricated. One deviation is the Welder Series pedal assembly. Even the stock brake and fuel lines were retained, though the gas tank is now a 14-gallon poly item at the rear.
Henry Muller machined and assembled the ’66 283ci Chevy small-block, boring the cylinders 0.030 oversize and grinding the crank. A hydraulic Crane cam was installed, though the engine retains the GM iron heads and even the stock intake, mounting a QuadraJet carburetor. An HEI distributor and block hugger headers fire it and clear it out. A Griffin aluminum radiator keeps it all cool, while a stock TH350 trans keeps it moving.
Ken McLean fabricated the custom pickup bed and tailgate, with white oak flooring by Gabe Gignal, and added ’glass McMillan ’40 Ford fenders and a custom rollpan, with a frenched license plate and exhaust cutouts. Bob Shantz added the ribs to match the Dodge front fenders. Lanny Davidson then welded the top sections of the butterfly hood together, along with the top of the grille, which all now open as a conventional hood on billet hinges. The headlights were removed from the top of the fenders, swapped for Deitz units, and moved inboard and lower. These small differences (though a lot of work) totally transform the commercial front end. Dave told us the hardest part of the build was selecting a color, but eventually he went for a pale green, applied by Davidson. The ’37 Ford taillights and ’32 Ford exterior door handles complete the exterior furniture, along with a pair of peep mirrors. All glass is green tinted, and Cambridge Chrome handled the brightwork.
Cream painted 15x7 and 15x8 Wheel Vintiques smoothies, with caps and trim rings, now fill the wheelwells rather than the huge 1-ton, six-lug pressed steel originals. They’re all wrapped in Coker whitewall radials, in 215 and 235/75R15 sizes to provide a little rubber rake to the truck.
The stock Dodge dash and steering wheel remain, though the former now houses VDO gauges, while the latter is bolted to a custom-made column. Rolled and pleated cream vinyl covers a one-off bench seat, as well as the door cards. A Gennie swan neck shifter passes through the gray carpet, with the gas and brake pedals and dimmer switch coming from Lokar. Dave added a Panasonic radio/CD unit, with the antenna mounted under the passenger side running board.