Terry Lawrence, left, enlisted friend and coworker Dale Enderud to turn his 1927 Dodge pickup from battered shell into this Hemi-powered purple hauler. The project lasted 6 years and involved amazing amounts of fabrication.
A Firebird tilt steering column, with 4 inches cut out of its length, provides the mounting spot for a Grant 3-spoke steering wheel with cut-out padding. The 727 Chrysler automatic transmission is controlled by a Lokar shifter.
A pair of Mustang bucket seats fit snugly in the close quarters of the cab. Richard Smith of Arkansas City upholstered the seats and rear cab wall, while Enderud handled the rest of the interior appointments.
Enderud dug through a parts house's stock of air filters until he found the right tri-oval shape, then created the metal top and bottom to fit. Note the complex hood hinges he crafted, complete with hydraulic rams, to keep the hood open without a prop rod.
The pickup bed was custom built from existing pieces and fresh sheet metal, with an all-new tailgate mounted above the roll pan. The fenders are widened trailer pieces fitted with '52 DeSoto tail lights found in the trunk of another collector car.
The original grille shell was modified to accept customized headlight bars on either side and filled with stainless steel mesh borrowed from a flour mill's sieve. The headlights were updated with integral semi truck LED turn signals.
With the changes in the engine bay, the hood had to be extended several inches. Enderud built a whole new hood out of steel, incorporating the character lines from the cowl and door tops into the new piece.
One of Lawrence's requirements for his street rod was that it be powered by a Hemi. Enderud somehow figured out how to squeeze this 392 cubic inch monster between the stock frame rails of the diminuitive pickup.
Enderud says the configuration of the rear frame rails convinced him that this pickup actually began life as a 1927 Dodge 2-door sedan. He had to craft new frame rails to bring the cut-down bed into alignment with the cab.