Even with a serious war looming on the horizon, Ford found time and money to change their 1940 pickup considerably. Gone was the round grill for a more aerodynamic shape, but the big focus was on their new hydraulic break mounted under the floor. And they said that “Eight cylinders provides more power impulses” Not quite sure what they ment by that?? And not much of it was that important to John Stone the owner and builder, here are a few words from him; “This ‘40 Truck was a barn find! ‘Dad had it 20 years we imagined a Henry Ford & Harley Davidson” concept pickup Incorporating my racing history,( used to race ¼ midgets in the 70’s.) Building on a budget, ‘we used what we had’ in the true traditional hot rod style, with a melting pot of parts… ‘I envisioned’ a scenario, where if “ford & Harley” collaborated in the 40’s…. ‘in keeping up with the classic style of the era’. “We “added some high performance, stylistic touches that demonstrate my own racing heritages, as well as my dad’s creativity in making an incredibly unique kick-ass pickup… My daughters love it when we fire up my 53 Cadillac and go and have dinner at Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake by the Warner studios on a Friday night. That is when a bunch of gear heads gathers to inspect new Hot Rod’s and some gear head camaraderie. This is where I saw Johns 1940 custom Ford pickup, “perfect for my new Hot Rod book” I told him.
He had 2 hoods for it, one normal one, and one he had bought damaged for 20 dollar. He cut away the bad part and ended up with this perfect nose cone.. The engine is not a Oldsmobile, but a 350 Chevy crate motor, it is a custom, right, whatever looks good goes.. Injections are by Edelbrock and he estimate about 300 hp. It connects to a 350 transmission with a GM 10 bold axle. He uses Cooker white walls all around on 15” rims from Vintique. A 86 Monte Carlo takes care of the front, so in general John have a everyday easy driver. He used PPG paint by Al Stone. What you see is at once a classic pickup, but with lots of extra eye candy.