Starting with the cab of a 11/2-ton 1936 Ford truck, Jason Jewett and a gaggle of buddies transformed the old hauler into this distinct old-school street rod, engine in front, radiator in back, in only seven months' time.
Looking a little like a cooling tower setup on top of a commercial building, the flat-mounted radiator shares space in the bed of the truck with an 11-gallon spun aluminum fuel tank. Electric fans help keep the coolant cool.
Interior accommodations are spare, but adequate to get the job done. An aluminum 3-spoke dirt track steering wheel and a TCI Street Fighter shifter atop the Turbo 400 automatic are the main driver controls. Note the aircraft-type switch panel and the set of mini-gauges, which make up all the instrumentation for now.
A set of Speedway headers built from a kit collect exhaust gases and route them rearward; Kevin Kaiser created a set of exhaust pipes that tie into the headers and tuck up tight against the low-slung truck's belly, rumbling through flat Flowmaster-style mufflers and dumping out back.
Looking like modified '30s-era steel wheels, the rolling stock actually consists of brand new Cragar Deluxe 69-series wheels painted satin black. They mount vintage-style Firestone wide whitewall bias ply tires. These are the 6.70x15s up front.
A little additional stopping power is provided up front by a set of GM disc brakes sourced from Speedway Motors. The unmolested Model A straight axle was donated by fellow traditional rodder Jack Marinelli.
Thanks to a virtually perfect 50/50 weight bias, the 2,485-pound '36 pickup hooks up strong on the tall, skinny Firestone whitewalls. The pickup box, which will be finished to match the patina of the body, came from Last Refuge in Colorado and was built to the length specified by Jewett. Note the '37 Ford taillights.
"Everybody had a hot rod but me. I always wanted one," says Jason Jewett, a talented painter and pinstriper in the custom bike and car world. With the help of his buddies, he now has the open-wheeled hot rod that was only a dream this time last year.