It's not very often we come across a perfectly detailed hot rod that happens to be a homebuilt creation. Generally, a rodder might handle a particular aspect of the build, such as the chassis construction or maybe the bodywork and paint, but rarely does he turn every bolt on the vehicle. It's not that the average rodder isn't up to the task, but it's not normal for a person to get greasy with the mechanical buildup, and then jump straight into the bodywork and upholstery. For Darryl Odom and his flawless 1932 Ford pickup, the results are astounding, and he did it all in his shop.
Hailing from Parrish, Alabama, Darryl is self-employed and builds hot rods in his spare time. He started on this project in 2009 with intentions of building a high-end truck with simple details throughout. Two years later, his hard work came to life in the form of this traditionally styled Deuce pickup. Darryl came across the cab through a friend, and the journey began with a few major purchases to help get the project kicked off.
First, the truck needed a solid foundation, so Darryl went with a SO-CAL Speed Shop chassis, which came outfitted with a dropped I-beam front axle and all sorts of hot rod goodies. Darryl painted the drilled axle with gloss black to match the framerails, but opted for a chrome leaf spring and shocks for a nice contrast. Chrome-plated hairpin radius rods locate the axle and add to the traditional look. SO-CAL finned brakes ride on all four corners, and bring the pickup to a halt, while a tire and wheel combination from Coker Tire completes the rolling chassis. Darryl gave the pickup a killer stance with a set of Excelsior Stahl Sport Radial tires, sized at 6.00R16 up front and 7.50R16 out back, wrapped around 16x4 and 16x5.5 wire wheels. Gloss black paint covers the wheels, and Darryl went with V-8 caps and no trim rings, which offers a no-frills appearance to match the truck's utilitarian theme.
Perched atop the framerails is an eye-catching engine that has all the right ingredients for a perfect hot rod mill. It has the right look, the right horsepower, and the right sound, so Darryl is certainly pleased with his vintage Hemi engine. And while it isn't built with maximum power in mind, the 331ci Chrysler is plenty strong, especially in this highboy pickup. Darryl built the engine at his shop, and assembled it with dependability as the main priority. He used the stock crankshaft and connecting rods, but replaced the original pistons with forged Ross units. From there, it was a matter of assembling the stock heads and bolting them to the block, while also sliding a slightly larger-than-stock camshaft into place. Topping off the Hemi is a Weiand intake manifold with four Stromberg 97 carburetors mixing the air and fuel, while the stock Chrysler distributor lights the fire. The exhaust note is quite loud, thanks to the Sanderson headers, which are only muffled by internal baffles.
The Hemi engine is dressed in finned aluminum, and has a simple accessory and pulley system that continues the traditional theme. Behind the engine is a TH350 automatic transmission, offering three forward gears and one of the most dependable platforms out there. Moving further back, you'll find a nicely equipped Ford 9-inch rearend, narrowed to fit the truck perfectly. Painted black to match the chassis, the slick housing is located with ladder bars, while bumps are soaked up by a transverse leaf spring and chrome shocks. Rearend internals include a Strange aluminum centersection, fit with a locker to keep both rear tires digging.
While the super-clean chassis and well-dressed Hemi get a lot of attention, it doesn't take long to notice the flawless bodywork and paintjob on Darryl's Deuce. Once again, he handled the work himself, starting with an original cab that needed some work to meet his criteria. First, he replaced a cab corner with a patch panel and then removed 4 inches from the roof to give the truck a menacing silhouette. After a few cycles of priming and block sanding, the body panels were deemed ready to paint, and Darryl sprayed them with a few coats of Blue Rock Green basecoat, made by Lesonal. He then gave the panels a healthy dose of Lesonal Pro Air clearcoat to provide plenty of material for color sanding and buffing. Thanks to countless hours of perfecting the fresh finish, Darryl's pickup is incredibly slick, which helps show off the flawless bodywork.
It's also important to note that most of the truck's interior panels are painted with the same green hue, and share the super-slick finish. Simplicity is the main theme for the interior, as the truck has a basic bench seat wrapped in black vinyl and that's the extent of the actual upholstery. Darryl went the extra mile to handle each and every aspect of the build; he even did the stitchwork with help from a friend. Interior accessories are minimal, but that's what this truck is all about.
Without question, Darryl made a great effort on this 1932 Ford pickup. He didn't skimp on any portion of the build, and did the entire thing himself during his spare time. The results are nothing short of astonishing, as the truck has the right amount of traditional details, with a great combination of colors and finishes throughout. Since finishing the truck, Darryl has shown it at several events, and drives it often. It's a perfect example of a homebuilt hauler that makes a huge impact wherever it goes.