Here's an ongoing project loyal Custom Classic Trucks readers might remember. In the June '05 issue, former feature editor (now Kit Car magazine editor) D. Brian Smith debuted a '34 Ford roadster pickup dream truck featuring a specially constructed cab based on a '34 roadster body from Real Steel Inc. (a division of Steve's Auto Restorations) in Portland, Oregon. For the frame, D. Brian's '34 features an SAC Hot Rod Products fully boxed and custom '33/'34 chassis built just a few miles from our editorial offices in Orange, California.

It's been over a year since the story ran, so we figured we better have D. Brian bring us up to date before we end up leaving a trail of uncompleted '34 Ford roadster pickups scattered across the country.

The next step in line for D. Brian's '34 is the powertrain. For the engine, Mr. Smith scored a Smeding Performance 427 stroker engine derived from a Ford 351 Windsor block topped with Hilborn EFI. To back it up, D. Brian scored again with a Tremec TKO600 five-speed manual transmission. He lined up McLeod components to match the engine with the trans, then snatched fasteners from ARP and Dark Horse Performance.

For those of you who don't happen to have this particular engine and transmission combination ready to mate up but are interested in the basics for other engine-stick tranny applications, don't worry-this procedure is pretty generic across the board.