Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes is a couple of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: CCT, Readers' Trucks, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it.
'41 with a Flattie -Fantastic!
Somewhere in the rugged western state of Montana, Del Thibaut might be tooling around in his '41 Ford pickup. He built the truck himself and painted it GM Red. An 8-AB flathead V-8 and three-speed manual trans from a Ford passenger car propel Del's 1/2-ton most reliably and quietly down the road. Though the hauler's resale red, we doubt he'd be willing to part with it, unless of course, he has some new project in his garage.
Mac Wells of Kennewick, Washington, owns a low-slung '47 Hudson 3/4-ton pickup. Since Mac's a Ford fan, he painted his pickup a '95 Ford truck hue, Calypso Green, and powered the hauler with a '73 351ci Cleveland Cobra Jet mill, backed by a C6 trans and Ford 9-inch. The cab's custom interior includes bucket seats, an ice-cold A/C, and a Custom Autosound CD/stereo system. Hudson Commodore trim adorns the side, dash, and steering column. Filling the bed floor are fresh-hewn oak planks and an oak toolbox. By renewing a rare Hudson hauler, Mac took the road less traveled. We're glad he did, and bet he is too.
Al's Double-A Dream
Al LeGrow, of South Setauket, Long Island, New York, and his wife Carol dream big. In 1968, Al purchased a '31 Ford Model Double-A dump truck for $1 and drove it home. In 1970, he began this 32-year-long street rod project. A Ford 460ci engine and a C6 trans ensure that the power gets to the first drive wheels, while an 18-inch driveshaft transfers the power to the rearmost wheels. Global Aircraft Interiors trimmed the seats in leather and used Ultrasuede for the headliner. The CD/stereo system is comprised of JBL power amps, a Kenwood head unit, and Infinity speakers. Grover's Restorations in Hampton, New York, painted the purpose-built pickup a pleasing plum color. Nu Chrome, of Fall River, Massachusetts, treated the brightwork to a triple-A chrome-plating job, appropriate for the Double A. Too bad the giant M&Ms in the dump bed aren't real. They look every bit as tasty as the rest of the truck.
Jerry Earnhardt of New London, North Carolina, got his '70 Chevy C10 longbed from the original caretaker, who used it faithfully in his carpentry business. Jerry had the 350ci V-8 bored .060-inch over and built with Crane roller rockers, camshaft and lifters, an Edelbrock Airflow intake, a Holley 750-cfm double-pumper carb, and Hooker Headers. He also installed a rebuilt TH350 with a B&M shift kit and stall converter. Jerry lowered the truck 3 inches before hiring Dale King of Richfield, North Carolina, to strip, massage, primer, and then spray the Chevy the hot hue, GM Cayenne Red. New chrome, grille, and light covers completed the exterior treatment. The inside's all new too, with factory door panels, armrests, a dash pad, and a reupholstered bench seat. In every way, Jerry's C10 has been renewed and improved. He wouldn't have it any other way.
Riding Right & Wearing White
We owe Bob Thomas, of Port Hueneme, California, an apology. With moving our offices so much in the past couple years, we misplaced his submission for Reader's Trucks. Guess what we just found! Bob's '69 GMC is powered by a 250ci straight-six that reportedly had 62,000 original miles when Bob purchased it. A 390-cfm four-barrel Holley carb feeds fuel to the inline mill, while Hedman headers and Flowmaster pipes and mufflers handle the spent fumes. Bob had the pickup painted white, replaced the wood in the bed, and put a new interior within the cab. As this is his dream truck, we can safely say he's livin' the dream, and probably getting good fuel economy in the process.