When magazines were king and television was only a youngin', the hot rod bug it Jerry Cole of Corona Del Mar, California. "I saw a roadster pickup in the pages of Hot Rod magazine, and I set out to find one. Fifty or so years ago when I was in high school, several of my friends and I drove up and down alleys in Azusa trying to find a restorable Model T or A. In one backyard, we spotted the radiator shell of this truck protruding from a pile of rubbish. The owner had stacked leaves and debris in the truck's bed anticipating that he would haul it to the dump, but instead he just continued to fill the bed with yard cuttings until it eventually covered the entire truck with he exception of the front bumper and radiator shell. No one was home at the time, but we went An Azusa Alley Find into the backyard and brushed the truck off to see what shape it was in, and discovered it was in excellent condition. We came back later, and I bought the roadster pickup for $60."
In 1955, Jerry tore into the little roadster pickup for the first time, and just like the pickup in Hot Rod magazine that inspired him, his truck ended up featured in hot rod magazines as well. The little yellow pickup that appears on these pages is fresh from Wheeler's speed shop in Huntington Beach, California. Wheeler's master technician and hair-farmer Chris Jonas was in charge of the '28's rejuvenation. "When the truck came to me, it was in pretty good shape. It just needed fresh paint and some suspension upgrades." The dropped straight-axle perched on the Model A's nose for 50-plus years was scrapped in favor of an IFs setup from TCI. In place of the original tubular shocks canted at 45-degree angles, Chris hung a pair of coilover shocks with special attention paid to polished stainless steel upper and lower control arms. Along with the straight-axle hitting the scrap pile, so went the worm and sector steering box in favor of a power-assisted rack-andpinion. Power-assist enters the picture again with disc brakes handling the stopping chores in front, with late-model Ford drums at the rear. out back, the old-style transverse-leaf setup was replaced with a TCI four-bar sprung with coilovers and damped with Bilstein shock absorbers. For rolling stock, the '28 motivates with 205/60R16 BFGoodrich tires mounted on chromed American Racing Torq- Thrust wheels.