Ever think about the guy who bought your old car when it was new? Do ya think he ever dreamed that it would end up like it did? We’re guessing no—especially the guy who bought Johnie’s truck new. At first glance it appears to be a nicely done, mild Model A truck, but step in closer and the details begin to reveal themselves. This thing has so many subtle, almost invisible, modifications we had to finally ask Johnie to point them all out.

Johnie, who hails from Piedmont, California, always had a thing for Ford pickups and had an image bopping around his brain of a ’31 that looked, for the most part, stock. He eventually met Craig Hill of Top of the Hill Performance in Pleasanton, and once Johnie was satisfied that they saw eye-to-eye, the pounding began. After six years of work-on-it-when-you-can, Johnie’s patience finally paid off. Sure, it took a long time, but the workmanship is nothing short of amazing with a plethora of subtle body mods that would go unnoticed unless they were specifically pointed out. We dug it so much that it garnered a spot on our Best of the Best list in the Rod & Custom 100 Best; the ’31 also won its class at the Nationals and was a Top 5 pick at its first Goodguys show.