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1940 Ford Pickup Hot Rod – Duke Holdsworth

So, what do you get when you put various parts, from various manufacturers, from various years together?

Most would say a Rat Rod, but, what if it looks like it was meant to go together and it looks like it could have rolled off the showroom floor? Maybe you would get this Hot Rod. Check out the article on this truck, make sure to scroll down and look at the pictures and leave a like and a comment to let the owner know that you like his work!

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When did you purchase it and for how much?

This was a project made from various parts, collected over time. Some parts were scratch built and therefore, the start date and purchase price are relative numbers.

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I’ve always loved the look of the ’40, and I really had to have a truck.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

Only thing that I didn’t do was build the Flathead engine.

The wood on the interior of the doors were Douglas Fir blocks left over from building my house. I designed them and did a clay mock-up first as I only had enough wood to do it once.

The bed wood is Red Oak with a Bruce Horkey kit.

The dash is a length of solid 1/4″ thick copper buss bar scrap from the power plant I worked at.

I custom designed the tool box in the back and Horkey cut the boards to my specs. The carpet is just some automotive grade I picked from a site on line and can’t remember who. All the interior panels are my design and sculpted fabrication.

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

Frame is an original with independent suspension with updates and repairs.

The cab is a 1946

The “ball Cap” is 1940 Dodge

The tilt front end is all steel one piece

The seats are from a 1994 Toyota 4-Runner The Flathead is a 59ab, 276 cu with a C-4 transmission and a Ford 9″ Rear.

Where have you purchased your parts?

Chassis Engineering X member

Currie Rear axle Fat Man narrowed independent front suspension

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?

My friend and body shop owner Scott Hadaway

Andy Mollo was a great help along the way.

Tell us a little about you.

I am a retired mechanic from a local Power Plant.

I learned how to do body work, Paint and I did my own interior work.

Any stories regarding this project?

A buddy talked me into the one-piece tilt front end, added 3 years to the 12 year project. Nothing happened, it just took that long to build the nose. About 20-30′ of 1/2 tubing just for stability.

To paint the truck, I had to turn it into a paint booth by hanging poly and adding 2 exhaust fans.

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