What Is That?
I'm sure most of you are thinking the exact same thing we did when we opened up Jason McPike's letter, "What is that?" As it turns out, we all have a right to think that, because there were only 308 of these trucks ever built! What exactly is it? It's a 1947 Hudson Commodore Super Six pickup. Jason picked up the Hudson in Utah nearly a decade ago and hauled it back to his Spring, Texas, home. In that time he transformed the basketcase into what you see before you. Seeing as how the Hudson isn't the most popular truck, Jason had to do some improvising during the build. One of the key areas where Jason's creativity came into play was building a chassis for the Hudson. The answer to all those questions came from the Bow Tie. In the front, he installed a '69 Camaro front clip. Along with that came the F-body's rearend. In terms of power, he picked up a 350 Chevy and dropped it in, but not before he chromed the heck out of the engine accessories and brackets. For the rest of the build, things were pretty simple, in theory, at least. Jason wanted the truck to be stock appearing, so he gathered up all the missing trim and rebuilt the '47 back to its former glory. Along with that, he also laid down the Wine Berry and Jaguar white paint job.
Don't Fear The Reaper
When Thomas Nichols of Roanoke, Virginia, set out to build his '54 Chevy 3100, he wanted to have the baddest and meanest-lookin' mofo on the streets, and as you can see, the Pro Street-style Chevy is as intimidating as the grim reaper mural on the tailgate. The heart of the beast is a 454 Chevy big-block. Atop the motor sits a 8-71 blower with two Demon 850 carburetors that Tom and his friend Thurman built. John Reinhart Rides did the bodywork on the Chevy, which included taking 10 inches out the bed to make room for the extra 10 inches added to the stretched cab. He also installed the Mustang II frontend along with the tilt steering column and full power and heated seats. Gary Beckner tubbed the rear end to make room for the meaty Mickey Thompson rubber wrapped around the Weld wheels. The painted exterior was a collaborative effort. Mike Logan coated the Chevy in a custom Pearl White with a Violet tint and laid down the skull murals on both sides of the hood. Tom's friend Drew handled the grim reaper mural on the tailgate and wing. Now we know Blue Oyster Cult said don't fear the reaper, but if any of you happen to pull up next to Tom and his '54, we'd say go ahead and ignore what the Cult said! CCT
Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes is a stack 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.