Have you ever driven past an old pickup truck sitting in a field and thought about giving it a new lease on life? California-based hot rod builder Scott Birdsall did just that to a Ford pickup, with a twist. The central — and, arguably, most impressive — part of the build is a 5.
Pickup trucks were never supposed to become classics. They were produced to work; to expend their substance in getting plumbers to jobs, ranchers to their livestock, and loads of often-unpleasant stuff from one place to another. But this is 21st century America, where mechanical things are increasingly rare.
Automobile historians know the fun in determining an old vehicle's make, model, year and other specifications. Vintage trucks make a special challenge because of the utilitarian role of the truck. Some truck owners rely on a vehicle for a livelihood. A farmer with a smashed grill on his Chevy truck, for example, may have swapped out the old grill with another from a Chevy truck in order to keep his farm running.
Construction companies, typically, have to fill a variety of transportation needs. Some of the dumps might see year round service and get converted to sanders or snowplows during the winter months. The units must be heavy-duty workhorses with the ability to withstand extreme conditions, stay out of the shop, and provide a good return on investment during the dozen or so years that they will be the mainstays of the fleet.
Unless you start with a fully-built vehicle and or one that's been carefully taken care of, chances are that you will need to replace sections of it to eliminate weathered and compromised material. Very rare is the story of someone purchasing an older vehicle that has no rust. It might feel a little strange or impure, but when it comes down to it, what does it really matter if you start with new steel?
The only option ticked on the build sheet was a deluxe heater. Although pickups came of age after World War II, they continued to evoke a postwar sensibility until Chevy introduced a groundbreaking generation of trucks in Over time, the hoodline was lowered and the front fascia simplified, and by the end of the model run inthe pickup was an exemplar of restrained elegance.
The Toyota Hilux pickup truck has become one of the most iconic vehicles to ever emerge from Japanese vehicle maker Toyota. The Hilux has competed in such motorsport events as the Dakar Rally with a significant measure of success. When someone is going to go and buy a truck for work or play they are not likely to put much stock in what the advertising says, nor in what a salesman says.