Unlike the A pickup project, however, Lucky didn’t have a starting point. “I searched and searched for a decent body to work with. Through mutual acquaintances, I looked at nearly a dozen bodies till I found one I could work with. Same ol’ story, ‘I know a guy who has an old Ford he wants to get rid of.’ Well, this particular one happened to be up in Lake Arrowhead. I called ‘the guy’ and made arrangements to get it. It had just snowed, and the seller was asking if I wanted to wait until the snow melted, which I didn’t—I had a truck to build and just couldn’t wait. So I drive from L.A. up to the mountains—ended up having to dig the truck out of the snow before I could load it up. The whole time I was thinking, ‘this is California … I’m not supposed to be digging in snow!’”
As is often the case, time posed the biggest opposition for Lucky, but that wasn’t his only opponent. “In the middle of the build, I opened a new shop. Before I even had time to unpack, I decided to try and make the Long Beach Motorama. Believing in the show and wanting to support the cause is why I decided to bust my ass to meet the short deadline.
“Once I’d got the truck all together, I stood back and looked at it—it still needed something. So I called my old pal Skratch. After he and the truck had some quality time together, I rolled into the Motorama … late, but we still made it. Finally got set up the next morning and eagerly waited for the show to start. Following the show came awards time—I paid a visit to the ceremony, and as it turned out, we won People’s Choice. What a great feeling to know the public appreciated the ’32. On top of that, I was invited to display the truck inside the Peterson Automotive Museum for Deuce Week. Oh, and let’s not forget the Rod & Custom feature I was offered at the show as well. Truly a great weekend.”
Lucky’s Speed Shop ’32 Pickup
Lucky’s Speed Shop built Dino Ricci’s ’32 closed-cab on a truly traditional platform—that being an aftermarket Deuce chassis. Front suspension consists of a SO-CAL 5-inch dropped axle (with their hidden disc brakes), chromed hairpins, transverse spring, and tube shocks with a Vega cross steer setup. Out back, a ’36 Ford rearend was fitted with a Halibrand quick-change and Lincoln drums prior to being hung with a Model T spring and tube shocks.
What’s a traditional Ford without a traditional Flathead V-8, right? That’s precisely what Lucky’s felt, as they enlisted H&H to handle the complete buildup of the truck’s 8BA. The end result: A fully polished, Navarro-equipped 276ci mill with a 4-inch Merc crank, Winfield 1A cam, and Stromberg 97 two-barrels. Behind that lies a ’90s S-10 five-speed and the aforementioned 3.54-geared banjo rear.
Keeping things traditionally traditional meant wide whites, in this case Firestone Champion bias-plies from Coker Tire. Rolling stock consists of original ’40 Ford 16-inch steel wheels, painted and outfitted with trim rings and ’48 passenger car caps.
After Lucky’s chopped and channeled the cab, shortened and reworked the bed, and performed other subtle modifications, everything was sent off to Norm Taylor/Vintage Metal in Yucaipa, CA, to be dipped in black. To add detail and dimension, Lucky had Skratch lay down accent pinstriping in all the appropriate areas. Once reassembled, the bed was fitted with a new, finely finished wood kit with stainless trim.
Inside the chopped Deuce cab, David Martinez did his thing with the interior, using burgundy-colored leather accented with black wool carpet. The dash panel is borrowed from a ’34 Plymouth (complete with stock, updated gauges) while the steering wheel is reproduction Porsche banjo from Flat 4.