There comes a point where you have to stop livin' in La La Land and dive into the real world. Whether you like it or not, it's just the way things go. Funny thing is, when most people hear that phrase, they think you get the khakis, get a job, and move out of your parents' house. But for Bob Tebbe, that means laying off the computer...well, sort of. Bob's occupation is in computer animation/SFX, so when he decides to catch the train out of the digital world and move back into the real world, he hops in his '33 Ford truck.
Five years ago Bob's dad, William, retired and figured he needed something to keep him busy. After some deliberation William eventually decided the best thing for him would be to buy the '33 Ford truck rotting away outside his wife's salon. From there he needed to enlist some help, and it just so happens his son Bob was into old trucks just as much as he was. Together they began tearing the truck apart and did as much stuff as they could, but soon realized they didn't have the tools to get the job done. So enters Frantic Fred's Hot Rods. Between William, Bob, and Fred they mapped out a game plan. From there on out William and Bob acquired the parts while Fred bolted, welded, and sweated putting the truck together.
The first call to action started with a solid foundation. The OEM setup wasn't quite what the Tebbes were looking for, so they went with a Total Cost Involved Stage IV chassis. Up front the chassis is outfitted with a custom IFS setup, a must in the eyes of the Tebbes considering the plan of action was to drive the truck as much as possible. Along with a modern IFS the chassis also included Aldan Eagle coilovers and Wilwood disc brakes. Out back the horse and buggy leaf spring suspension was replaced with a four-link setup with Aldan coilovers and a Ford 9-inch narrowed to 56 inches. To match the front the rear was equipped with Wilwood disc brakes. Resting at each corner of the '33 is an American Torq-Thrust II wheel to round out the modern-day persona. In the rear a set of 18x8-inch wheels are wrapped in Toyo Proxes rubber, and up front the Toyo rubber wraps a set of 17x6-inch wheels. With the chassis complete it was time to decide on a drivetrain.
Although the truck has several...
Although the truck has several subtle add-ons, these door handles aren't one of them. Instead, the Tebbes made sure everything old was replaced new for a quality show look.