Experience is a great teacher, as is evident in this '37 Downs/Ford pickup owned by John and Miriam Gulick of Great Meadows, New Jersey. It helps to have an enthusiastic crew behind the construction of a project as well. However, the recipe for success starts with quality parts and superior construction skills. Add the unique details, such as the Corian bed floor, gauge panel, and wheel centers, and you have an award-winning creation.

The owner, John Gulick, lists seven previous hot rods and custom trucks on his technical information sheet. These projects were part of the decades-long learning process of where to start and who to turn to for the skills needed to build a state-of-the-art pickup. John states, "The challenge was to go where no one has gone before and make the project look appropriate."

The Downs Manufacturing '37 Ford pickup has proven to be a popular project for many enthusiasts who admire the quality and features of the chopped cab and IFS-equipped chassis. This chassis is powdercoated and detailed with painted components and polished aluminum. Rolling stock is the popular American Racing Torque Thrust IIs in 16x7-inch front and 17x9-inch rear diameters.

Obviously, the goal of something well-built and unique was achieved. Awards already bestowed include a Street Rodder Top 10, a PPG Best Use of Color, plus a Host Club Pick at the Goodguys' Nats in Columbus, Ohio. Congratulations to all the crew who participated in the creation of this pickup that turned out