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If youve been reading automotive magazines over the years the name Sherm Porter should sound familiar. Sherm is a photojournalist who specializes in street rods and other high-performance machinery. Sherm is also a longtime street rodder, starting way back in the 60s, and he has been involved with the San Luis Roadsters car club for the last 29 years. His current ride is an awesome 28 Model A pickup that has been a consistent show-winner wherever it goes.
The pickup was started in 1989, and went slowly at first. Sherm patiently waited until his son was able to help (and in fact, do the lions share of the work). The father and son team started hustling on the car in 1995, and in May of 1996 the roadster was finally finished. Since its completion, the roadster pickup has seen more than 13,000 miles with no problems. Sherms son had so much fun working on the roadster, he opened up Mike Porter Street Rods, a fabrication shop that has grown into Central Coast Rod & Customan additional shop.
Sherm found the roadster pickup in a local backyard. He retained the body and fenders, but a new chassis was constructed by his son, Mike, out of rectangular tubing in a space frame configuration with a drop-out transmission mount. In the rear, Mike installed a Jaguar rearend using a Snow White crossmember and fully adjustable Aldan shocks. The rearend is outfitted with Wilwood disc brakes. Up front, a traditional 4-inch dropped Super Bell axle was used in conjunction with Vega steering, a four-bar system, a Panhard bar, and a custom buttoned front spring. The chassis was powdercoated metallic silver and candy blue. It rolls on Eric Vaughns Real Wheels with 14x6 up front running 185/70R15 BFGoodrich tires and 15x8 in the rear with P255/70R15 BFGoodrich tires.
Motorvation comes from a warmed-over 70 Chevy 350 engine that was totally rebuilt. It runs a Lunati cam and high-performance heads equipped with Manley stainless steel valves. The engine is topped by an Edelbrock Torker II intake manifold and a 600-cfm Holley carb. MSD handles the firepower, while exhaust flows through a Mike Porterfabricated exhaust system. The highly detailed engine is backed by a Turbo 350 trans with a Darrell Young 11-inch torque converter and a B&M trans cooler.
The body looks relatively stock until you give it a close examination. It actually has 30 subtle modifications that turn it into a show-winner. Changes include a custom-made front bumper and brackets; the installation of a 32 grille shell that has been smoothed, peaked, and had the rear reveal removed; and a custom grille insert. The front gravel apron was custom-made. The three-piece hood has been lengthened 2 inches and features one-off hood bracing and hood adjusters. Its running custom windshield posts that are chopped 3 inches. The cab has been strengthened with a tube structure, and the back of the cab was replaced with a smooth panel. Theres a custom-made smooth bed that was shortened 4 inches, a rear belly pan with a recessed license plate and frenched taillights, custom running boards, and many other modifications. When all of the changes were made, the bodywork was completed by Mike, and then (with paint supplied by Jim Hayworth) it was painted PPG Fleet Blue using basecoat/clearcoat.
Look inside, and you find a Tom Sewellsewn butterscotch leather interior with tan wool carpets. The stock dash was replaced by a 32 roadster style from Brookville and was outfitted with an aluminum panel and VDO gauges. A Chevy van donated its steering column to the roadster pickup, and its topped by an original 39 Banjo steering wheel. The interior also features a Gennie Shifter gear selector, Lokar pedals, and a hidden glovebox on the dash.
The truck was finished in 1996, and since then Sherm and his lovely and supportive wife Sharie have been having a lot of fun with it. They can be seen at most of the large events in California, including the enjoyable run the San Luis Roadsters put on every year.