Jerry Alcorn's cars couldn't be much different: His '34 Ford pickup rides on a stretched homebuilt chassis, with a handmade aluminum cargo box, all covered in satin black. His '49 Hudson appears to be a fully restored original car, but has a Dodge Aspen subframe, 318 Dodge V-8 and an automatic transmission.
Alcorn heats up the tires on his '34 Ford pickup at last weekend's big Herington 125th Anniversary Celebration, which featured a fly-in, cruise-in and drag races. The little truck surprised some of the competition with its quick dashes down the airport runway.
It's a snug fit for the 350 Chevy crate motor under the truck's custom-built Hagan hood. Finished in all black, the engine employes Weiand valve covers, an Edelbrock 4-barrel carb and intake and a set of stainless steel block-hugger headers.
Alcorn points out that his '34 all-steel original cab can be identified by the third beltline band above the body moldings that flow around the cab. He said there are no patch panels in the truck's body.
Speedway street rod headlight buckets are used, along with a Speedway 4-inch dropped front axle and disc brakes. Ron Meyer of Tulsa applied the subtle pinstriping around the turn signals, as well as an the truck bed.
The Hudson's old flathead 6-cylinder engine is long gone, replaced by a 318 Dodge V-8 that rides in an Aspen subframe, complete with torsion bar suspension. The car also benefits from power steering and brakes.
The Hudson features a glove box on either side of the dashboard, with the gauges centered in the panel. The chrome tissue holder actually holds the control head for a modern sound system. That knob above the rear view mirror is used to fold down the roof-mounted radio antenna.
Jerry Alcorn swept up at the old Texaco gas station as a kid. He now owns it and uses it to house his '34 Ford and '49 Hudson, and to host occasional meetings of the Herington Throttle Jockeys car club.