A friend sold Rodney the ’74 351W that powers the truck. When Stanley Allison had finished the machining, Jim Thomas and the owner built it up, adding an Edelbrock 4V carb and manifold for induction, and Sanderson headers and Flowmasters for exhaust—and to dress things up, there’s the Billet Specialties air cleaner and Street & Performance pulleys and brackets. Rodney said, “It’s got some umph to it,” and he rates the engine at around 415 hp. The transmission is a column-shifted small-block C6 with a Dayco converter, built by Tooley Automatic Transmission Service in Morristown, Tennessee.
When it was time to finish the interior, the ’49 went a couple miles across Newport to Clark’s Trim Shop, where the ISS bench seat and door panels were stitched in tan leather. Albert Shepherd built a clean custom dash and Ronnie’s Custom Machining built the aluminum custom dash inserts for the VDO gauges. A Billet Specialties Vintec steering wheel, styled similarly to the BS rims, was mounted on an ididit tilt shifter column.
But getting back to the F-100 Supernationals, that’s where we ran across the ’49, all finished and in the process of winning a well-deserved Top 20 award and ready to be photographed for this story. Congratulations on both counts, Rodney! CCT