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Pick Of The Day: 1947 Ford Truck Restomod

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Engine: 283 V8
Transmission: Automatic.
Mileage: 4,525.
Price: US $35,000.00


As you can see from the detailed description below, this is a wonderful truck resto mod with all the trimmings you would ever want.

The idea here is not so much speed and performance, but cruising elegance and showstopping looks.
These old truck restorations are slowly going up in value every year as people realise you can get more bang for your buck with these trucks than any other classic vehicle.

If you want something elegant and cool for the New Year, shortlist this baby.

‘Completed back in 2008. Since then it’s been featured in Street Trucks Magazine and has won several awards.’

Body & Frame

The cab is an original steel ’47, and the bed is all custom steel too. Fenders and running boards are fiberglass, and were sourced from Be Bop’s Glassworks.

Notice the black vinyl that was used during the assembly process to protect the paint where these fiberglass pieces overlap (front end by headlights, fender ends, ends of running boards). Obviously this is a frame-off custom, and there’s some cool kustom work in it too. The entire frame and firewall have been Rhino Lined. There’s a big Maltese cross sticking up through the middle of the bed that always blows people away. It looks like a thin cross but has a thick support hidden underneath.

The front end is from a ’69 Camaro and has rack & pinion steering. The front grille is all kustom, high quality and very unique, far better looking than the stock vertical “jail bar” grilles they came with. The back tailgate is permanently closed, and the rear bumper is pulled in nice and tight. Kustom painted “Ford” on the tailgate. The paint was done by Travis Martin of East Side Rodz in Tucson, AZ and has satin finished denim purple, with glossy silver on the fenders. I’ve always used Rat Wax on the satin parts to maintain the right finish, and of course it’s garaged 24/7 when not in use.

Suspension & Brakes

This truck rides on air bags, on all four corners. It has an AVS ARC-7 series switch controller, 2 Viair compressors mounted perfectly, and a hidden tank underneath them. Never had any problems with the air system, but the bags will leak down if you leave it parked for a week. It’s a bit bouncy if the road isn’t flat, so probably not the type of ride to take your grandma to her doctor visits in. But it looks bad ass when you roll up on a crowd, park, and drop it on the frame. I mean, that’s why you’re still reading this, right? Oh yeah, it even has a bolted-on frame guard under the front cross section to protect the frame’s finish. For brakes, it has disc brakes up front and drums in the back. It stops with confidence, nice and straight like it should. The wheels are 15” purple steelies, with wide whitewall 6.0 bias ply tires, and Moon Starburst hubcaps with purple dice valve stem caps.

Engine & Cooling

283ci. GM V8, Edelbrock Torker intake, dual Rochester carbs from Vintage Speed w/custom faux velocity stacks and K&N side air filters, MSD ignition, MSD 8.8 wires, and new spark plugs. It has old polished B&M 2-piece valve covers that have been clearanced inside (+ new gaskets), with new Earl’s AN breather/PCV combo. Has aluminized ceramic coated headers (+ new copper gaskets), and hidden dual exhaust that exits before the rear axle. The gas tank under the bench seat is new, fuel lines are braided, w/electric fuel pump. All aluminum radiator, 2 electric fans push & pull w/temp sensor, steel upper & lower coolant hoses, brand new polished aluminum Meziere water pump ($).

Transmission & Rear End

I just had the 700R4 automatic transmission fully rebuilt in January 2015 at Remac Transmissions in San Dimas, CA. They are a well-respected local shop that was recommended to me and the trans came back with a 12 month warranty. $2K receipt included with sale. The push-button Lokar shifter is mounted on the floor where it looks kool. It shifts smoothly through the gears and I always cruise it easy in Drive anyway. Has a Lokar trans dip stick. The rear end is a Ford 9” and I think it has a 3.50 ring & pinion.

Interior & Electric

The interior is in great condition and matches the rest of the truck. All of the gauges work (oil pressure, amps, temp, fuel, & speedo), plus additional air pressure gauges for front and back. The bench and door panels are upholstered in black carbon fiber & silver glitter vinyl. No rips, tears, or holes. The silver glitter vinyl is a perfect match to the floor of the bed. It took me a few days to realize that! The bench seat has a pair of lap belts. The floor has all new rubber and Mooneyes rubber floor mats. The headliner kit is all black and fits nice. No stereo, A/C, or heat. This year didn’t come with turn signals, but the front marker lights would make perfect turn signals if you ever wanted to convert them. You can fully lock up the cab when you leave it parked by rolling up the windows, locking the driver’s door with the interior handle (no exterior key), and then lock the passenger’s door with the exterior key lock.

I just installed a brand new Optima yellow top battery, and a brand new Aerospace Components tray. I also just installed an expensive Ultra-Mini Alternator from East Coast Auto Electric that works great and helps give the motor a clean look.

Kool Kustom Stuff

Aside from the coated frame and killer looks, there’s a lot of small custom machined & coated parts that all match perfectly and tie everything together. It appears that they were all done together, and this is just another feature that really sets this truck apart from the rest. All plugs & caps are aluminum. For plugs, notice the hood hinge holes and rail ends on the bed are plugged. Also there are matching caps on top of the rear air bags, the windshield wiper delete, and interior windshield center cap. The throttle & brake pedals, glove box handle, column pieces behind the steering wheel, taillight housings, tailgate hinges, interior windshield trim, hood ornament, velocity stacks, carb linkage connector, nose support rods, and radiator overflow, are all coated and milled to match. It’s very rare to see attention to detail on this level.





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