We wonder how many articles have been written about sweet street rods with the title, "Sweat and Tears." Thankfully, there isn't a copyright issue pertaining to using a title that another automotive editor has used in the past. If there were, features on hot-rod haulers wouldn't have one.
Editors wouldn't want to risk the chance of getting sued. Without titles, even the most loyal of readers might lose interest. A clever title is perhaps the second way to grab the readers' interest. Artistic, well-composed, and focused photography must be the first and most important attention-getter.
Piquing reader curiosity with well-wrought photography and a concise and creative title, but failing to deliver a well-written, informative, and entertaining article is akin to a running back fumbling at midfield. In football, it doesn't matter how strong, speedy, or elusive you are if you can't hold onto the football. With the artful photography of Trent Carr's '32 Ford pickup, we think we have our readers grasped firmly in both hands. Let's cruise to the end zone to find out how and why his hauler came to be.
Raised in the state of Pennsylvania, 28-year-old Trent admits to having the hot-rod hobby in his blood. His parents, brother, uncles, aunts, and cousins all own street rods. As an engineer for their father and son--owned sheetmetal shop, Burkhardt Sheet Metal Company, he had a great place to perform much of the work.
In 1990, while Trent was in the Eighth Grade, his father purchased the '32 as a rusted basketcase for his son's first street rod project. The tandem completed the truck just in time for Trent to drive to his senior prom. Fast forward to one year ago when the Blue Oval was looking pretty dated; dad and son tore it apart once again to resurrect it to its present show-winning glory.
Starting with the underpinnings, Burkhardt Sheet Metal modified the rear frame with custom crossmembers, in addition to boxing both framerails their entire length. This was done to eventually tub the bed floor 8 inches at each corner. In order to install the modified bed, the front and rear of the framerails were massaged to accept the sheetmetal fabrication. The venerable hot-rod piece, a Ford 9-inch differential with factory 11-inch drum brakes suspended with stainless steel coilover shock absorbers, was mounted at the end. Under the bed, just south of the Ford 9-inch, a 21-gallon fabricated stainless steel fuel tank was located. A '92 Outlaw Performance-dropped axle, replete with Outlaw Performance '92 spindles, shocks, and springs, formed the frontend.
For stout stopping, '03 Wilwood polished aluminum disc brakes were selected and put into place. Trent handformed stainless steel brake and fuel lines to properly plumb the professionally modified Deuce chassis. In the front, they put 18x7-inch Boyd Coddingtons with a 3-inch backspace wrapped by P215/35R18 Nankang radial tires, and 20x10-inch Boyd Coddington rear billets shod with P255/35ZR20 Goodyears in the back finished the truck to perfection in high style and function. Sam Shorts, an old-timer gearhead from Guys Mills, Pennsylvania, mentored young Trent in the rebuild process of the '64 327ci small-block Chevy mill.
The engine was rebuilt with a 4.030-inch bore and 3.250-inch stroke, stuffed with 4.030-inch Manley forged pistons, 2.020-inch Speed Pro chrome-moly rings, Speed Pro camshaft, lifters, springs, and stock cast-iron cylinder heads with 64cc combustion chambers. Sam balanced the motor and bolted a Demon four-barrel carburetor to the intake manifold. Mike's Auto Body, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, exquisitely sprayed the block's exterior in teal to match the proposed hue of the body.
A polished aluminum Lokar air cleaner cover and valve covers show-dressed the go motor's top end. Friends of the owner, Allen and Niki from JP's Auto Accessories, also of Meadville, installed the tubular header to a 2-inch-diameter exhaust system with stainless steel pipes back to Flowmaster mufflers, attaching the 3-foot tailpipes with 3-inch diameters. The 350 transmission was improved with a Lokar floor shifter and a trans cooler -- both installed by neighbor Craig Norr.
To the owners of Burkhardt Sheet Metal, all the work thus far was just practice compared to all the planned body mods. They chopped the top 3-1/2 inches and shortened the bed 11 inches. The custom-fabricated tailgate with a punched Ford logo was welded in, and a custom roll pan was installed. Trent designed the tonneau, then fabricated and installed it.
The actuators that raise the lid are powered via a switch inside the cab. Trent installed these after the exterior was painted. Rear '32 coupe fenders were extensively reworked to contour appropriately to the bed before the final fitment. Both concealing framerail pieces and running boards were completely custom-fabricated from virgin sheetmetal.
For a smooth swift demeanor, the door handles and hinges were shaved. After all the exhaustive original and custom metal shaping and forming were finished, Hillcrest Hot Rods applied the PPG Bright Teal paint to the body surfaces. Artattack Graphics of Erie, Pennsylvania, artfully applied the beltline graphics. Brunot & Hollabaugh, of Meadville, installed tinted glass throughout the restored cab.
For the cozy interior, Trent hired Specialized Auto Interiors of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, to stitch tan leather in the handmade Grubby's Street Rods bench seat. One of Grubby's technicians installed the Dakota Digital instruments with a Ron Francis wiring kit. Keeping things temperate came complements of D.J. Simmons Auto Service, who custom-installed the Vintage Air HVAC system.
Thanks to the installation of indirect lighting within the cabin, a soothing environment was achieved, while a resoundingly accurate CD stereo system came from precisely matched components, such as an Alpine CD receiver, a Rockford Fosgate Punch 500-watt two-channel amplifier, two Rockford Punch Z 8-inch subwoofers, and Rockford 4-inch component separate speakers. ERGO Audio Limited of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, housed the components in a custom enclosure and installed the system in the cab. By covering the bed floor in tan carpet, the Bed by Fab Trim Shop, of Meadville, figuratively and literally put Trent's pickup project to bed.
As we've conveyed, an abundance of sweat and tears went into the second rebirth of Trent's Blue Oval Deuce hauler. He has thanked everyone involved in the project profusely for their tireless efforts. His father first introduced the great pastime of street rodding to Trent and to other family members. Trent realizes the street rod hobby will die out unless there are people such as his dad to pass on such an enjoyable hobby to younger generations. Come to think of it, we're thankful there are still many talented hobbyists eager to endure some sweat and tears for their hot-rod haulers. Otherwise, we would never make it to the end zone with our loyal readers.
Long-time motor maestro Sam...
Long-time motor maestro Sam Shorts mentored the owner in rebuilding the 327ci Chevy small-block. With an estimated 380 horses at the beck and call of Trent's right foot, this powerplant does much more than just shine.
Thanks to the talented toil...
Thanks to the talented toil of a stitchmeister at Specialized Auto Interiors of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, the handmade Grubby's Street Rods bench seat is covered in sumptuous tan leather.
ERGO Audio Limited, of Edinboro,...
ERGO Audio Limited, of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, housed many of the stereo components in this custom enclosure, including the Alpine CD and stereo head unit above the windshield.
Bed by Fab Trim Shop, of Meadville,...
Bed by Fab Trim Shop, of Meadville, Pennsylvania, always tells a good bedtime story. On this occasion, the protagonist of the tale was a tan wool carpet
If the bed appears shorter...
If the bed appears shorter than stock, you no doubt have an astute eye for detail. Burkhardt Sheet Metal shortened it 11 inches.
The 20x10-inch Boyd Coddington...
The 20x10-inch Boyd Coddington Fury rear billets were aptly wrapped with P255/35ZR20 Goodyear radials
Attention to detail is even...
Attention to detail is even apparent underneath. A Ford 9-inch pumpkin, 3-inch tailpipes, and a 21-gallon stainless steel fuel tank emphatically prove the point.
One of the engineers (and...
One of the engineers (and the truck's owner) at Burkhardt Sheet Metal, designed, fabricated, and installed the tonneau.
The father and son team chopped...
The father and son team chopped the cab's top 3-1/2 inches and frenched in a third brake light. As if to accentuate their handiwork, Artattack, of Erie, Pennsylvania, beautifully applied the beltline graphics.
Whenever body panels are prepped...
Whenever body panels are prepped to perfection, brilliant paintwork will make any hot-rod hauler appear crisper than a bowl of Rice Krispies. Hillcrest Hot Rods deftly drenched the Deuce's body in PPG Bright Teal.