We're not one to rewrite the rules around here, but we're going to have to state that envy is no longer one of the seven deadly sins. Why's that? Because if it were, then this radically customized '36 Ford wouldn't be plastered all over the pages of CCT.
Philip Dummer has been working at Mike's Auto Body in Melbourne, Florida, for the past decade. During that time, the shop owner, Philip's father-in-law, built a '39 Ford Coupe that Philip couldn't get out of his head. When the chance came to buy the shop from his father-in-law, Philip and his wife, Valerie, jumped at it. As it turns out, being the boss definitely has its perks, because when Phillip took over, it was time to build him a ride. When the thought of what to build crossed his mind, the first thing that popped up was the Ford coupe, and then he thought about the '36 flatbed Ford truck sitting in his father-in-law's backyard. Grabbing inspiration from the coupe and the truck, and an extreme case of the snowball effect, Phillip now has something for others to envy.
Phillip put ace metal man Todd Hare of Mike's Auto Body in charge of turning the hay hauler into something even Ford never built. Todd started with the '36 cab and front fenders, late-'80s extended-cab Ford Ranger, and a concept from Phillip. After that, just about everything you see was shaped, stretched, formed, hacked, whacked, and more by Todd's hands. For starters, the frame was sliced and diced. Then a triangulated four-link with a Ford 9-inch was installed in the rear, and a Heidt's IFS was installed up front. Then an Air Ride Technologies system was installed in the chassis.
Once the chassis was squared away, Todd began on the body. First off, the key piece of the puzzle, the cab, was dropped on the body. Next up, Todd sliced down the cab's rear and lengthened it 13 inches. Instead of using sheetmetal from a different cab to stretch the cab, Todd handformed all of it. With the cab stretched, the next step was to chop the top 2 1/2 inches. From there, things only got crazier. Todd placed a '37 Ford passenger car grille in the chassis' nose and then mounted the front fenders. What he saw wasn't to his liking, so he reshaped the front of the fenders to get his desired contour.