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History 36 Terraplane Pickup barn find!!!

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by USMercUte, May 1, 2019.

  1. USMercUte
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 178


    I have know about this pickup for probably 30 years, inquired about it but it was tied up in an estate dispute. It was poorly stored in a shed going back to the earth, made one last ditch effort to save it and it is now on the trailer in our yard. Now what the hell do I do? P1000066.jpg P1000065.jpg
  2. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,114


    Is it a pickup or a cut down sedan? Hard to tell from the pics.
  3. akoutlaw
    Joined: May 13, 2010
    Posts: 1,110


    IMHO; Those have the coolest grille design!
  4. 4 pedals
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 911

    4 pedals
    from Nor Cal


    Been through Williams quite a few times. Dry country.

  5. ...what a lump!...but it's a nice lump,...these mid 30's Terraplane p.u.'s are so cool,...good luck with it.
  6. Nice save.Just keep it above the ground like the red and black above^^^^
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  7. That's a good save - you don't see many like that around. I like the curves on it. Especially that grill!
    Definitely build it.
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  8. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    I hope you found the rear fenders,, as I thought 40 Ford's were getting expensive I can't imagine the cost of those
  9. 1954 rocket 98
    Joined: Apr 18, 2011
    Posts: 221

    1954 rocket 98

    Man, those are great looking trucks. if it was mine i would be working on it. if you need some inspiration here is a few pics i took at a few shows of some nice ones. HPIM0548.JPG SANY8835.JPG SANY8836.JPG SANY8837.JPG
  10. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 24,262


    Last edited: May 2, 2019
  11. pkhammer
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 740


    Those trucks are so unique and stylish. Great save!
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  12. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,325

    from Ioway

    Take 'em out to Moab for Jeep Week
  13. USMercUte
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 178


    Sorry to not get back to you guys but was away from the computer. First, a little history on this truck. It was a farm truck here in the local area its whole working life. At one point converted to a tank truck for hauling water. The bed was removed with a hot wrench at that time (many many years ago), however the bed parts and rear fenders survived and are included. A hot rod buddy of mine remembers riding in it as a kid. I am in a quandary as to what to do with it and I am not a restorer. I really like the red and black one 31Vicky posted but with modern running gear. Apparently the 36 was the only one with suicide doors and the grills are 1 year only as well. The cream colored one 1954Rocket posted has vent windows but this one has 1 piece glass in the doors. Also the 36 has the headlights on the fenders and the 37-38's they come off the grill shell. The dash is to die for and is the same as the one pictured above. For now it is getting 30+ years of dirt and grime removed before putting it in a container until I figure out it's destiny. Thanks for all the posts. It really is a pretty cool old truck. John
  14. WC Durant
    Joined: Apr 10, 2017
    Posts: 130

    WC Durant

    Very cool! I'd put it together like that red and black version above. Dig the grill and rear fenders.
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  15. USMercUte
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 178


    So I have got the old gal cleaned up and parts inventoried. Only thing I need is a headlight or a pair if anyone out there has a lead on one, let me know. I was able to find a left hand headlight pedestal on evil-bay so I do have that coming. A day and a half of rat poop and owl crap and the old gal came up pretty good. Floorboards all need replacing (no big deal) as does the lower back of the cab. All the bed pieces are there but with very basic sheet metal fabrication I think new ones can be made using these for patterns. Big key is that the rear fenders are savable and basic metal working skills is all they require. Does anyone know if the rear bumper was different from the front? or was the rear one optional?? Before it goes in the container we will stage it in the backyard when we host a rod run on the 14th. Be interesting to see what any of the local rodder's reaction is. We plan to post some pictures of our backyard rod run on the 14th. We are calling it the "Because we can" rod run. Yes it will be on a Tuesday but most of old farts are retired so we can. Time for an adult beverage and good shower after today. Terraplane cleaned up.jpg
  16. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 711


    Just cries out for a hemi.
  17. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,620


    Media blast it, prime it, then decide what to do with it. Great save. Congratulations!
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  18. JJ’s66
    Joined: Apr 28, 2019
    Posts: 16


    Know you take one step back and say to your self ( what did I get my self into? ) then you step into the garage and enjoy it one day at a time. The late sleepless nights, long hours and busted knuckles is just part of why we all enjoy this Life style or hobby so much.

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  19. That’s all fun and games till someone gets,,, runs out of money. Lol
  20. That has to be one of the prettiest trucks eve built !!!

    It looks like the bosses truck, so fancy with the grill and fender styling !

    Love it !! Great score

    Hey @31Vicky with a hemi
    Thus is me on a daily basis 0C2682D2-5487-4064-BFD3-046AE405A73B.gif
  21. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 3,604

    rusty valley

    that truck is cool shit vandenplas, where do you come up with this stuff?
    • :D
  22. I grew up with a 1937 Terraplane coupe pickup in my front door yard...wonderful memories when I saw your barn find...thanks for posting on here...

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  23. Bajita
    Joined: Feb 7, 2014
    Posts: 51

    from Laredo

    Yours has suicide doors as the black truck doesn't What year is yours.
    By the way great find. Congrats.
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  24. RDR
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,416


    She's a Beaut !
    A one eyed beaut, but you know you love her !!
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  25. USMercUte
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 178


    Lots of interest in this old bucket and I use that term loosely as I now have a good feel for the quality of the old bones.
    So just for the sake of conversation, I would propose a build plan and have you guys shoot holes in it...…...I have a roller 302 injected Ford and an AODE as well as a 9" diff on hand and serviceable. I have enough Mustang II parts to do a front end. My whole focus would be to keep the exterior as close to stock as possible. Maybe with skirts, maybe without. Really like the two color paint jobs, not sure on the colors. Artillery wheels???? Because at this point no decisions are made let me know your thoughts, mild to wild, but I would tend to stay fairly conservative.
    Thanks in advance for your input...John
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  26. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,484

    Dick Stevens

    I would not put a Chevy, Chrysler or Ford engine in would be great with a Packard, Studebaker, Olds, Caddy or a nailhead! Also I'm not crazy about using Mustang II front end. Just my 2 cents worth :rolleyes:
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  27. sevenhills1952
    Joined: Mar 14, 2018
    Posts: 956


    The most appropriate motor may be since it's a Hudson, since Nash and Hudson merged to form AMC 18 years after this was made then using a Rambler/AMC like the popular 304 or 360 is a good choice.

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  28. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 24,262


    Hudson had quite the reputation in the race scene back in the day...did it have an engine in it?

    Similar to Ford flatheads there were probably years of preference for hotrodding/race...and this is the Hamb so as alluded the Mustang ll and other stuff is far from Traditional.

    I don't dictate direction to fellas here but we really should respect the platform we have been given. So a suggestion if you are truly going Inspired Traditional at the very least have the thread moved by a Mod to the Hokey Ass Forum in respect to those that work hard within the guidelines to build Truly Traditional...

    Still look forward to your getting this together @USMercUte as they make stunning haulers...distinctly one of a kind.
    Last edited: May 6, 2019
  29. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,114


    I think your idea is just great. You have available parts to upgrade and build it. Go for it. The heck with naysayers. After all, there were independent suspensions, coil overs, disc brakes and air bags on hot rod show cars going back to the 60's and probably earlier. Hot rodders have always taken available hardware and built their machines to their own liking. True, this is a traditional forum and you DO have a traditional truck there.
    Just my two cents.
    Last edited: May 8, 2019
  30. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,220


    A very unique 'ute' as we call them down here, ours however have the PU bed built into the body. It's refreshing to see the correct grill on the right car for a change rather than a RR.

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