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Features The '40/41 Pickup

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, May 25, 2016.

  1. Glad I am a short guy (5' 10" on a good day). I put a Dodge Caravan 3rd row seat in my truck, and set it with the back laid back just a bit, and I have plenty of room in the truck.
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  2. Rustygt
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 144

    from Emeryville

    Pewsplace , yeah that Roy Brizio build is really nice, bad back too, I'm living with it though. Olscrounger you did a 40 Woody ? I saw a rare 4WD one at WOTW in Santa Cruz, it had original black paint, belonged to the beach patrol or ? I would give my kingdom and my 40 ford PU for a 40 woody !!
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  3. Thanks Rich
    I used a 4" SoCal Dropped axle, moved the front cross member forward 3/4" to sit the front wheels correctly in the wheel arch,The front Spring is a 33"? x 1 3/4" Reversed eye spring similar to what SoCal sells with the top leaf removed, There is still approx 3" travel in the front.
    We Flattened the rear cross member so that it still run a stock spring pack
    Firestone 450/475-16" on the front & 750-16" on the back with 4 1/2" x 16" rims all around
    Hope this helps
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  4. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,551


    Thanks a whole bunch.

    I'm looking for a 40-41 and will have one before fall.

  5. We cut down 23 trees to get this one out. It's home now and we're just getting started but it should make a good truck. To paint or not to paint that is the question??????? Truck.JPG
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  6. There have been several posts as to the cramped seating and small cab space.
    Anybody have any cab, door and seat dimensions?
    I'm 6'1", and they have to have more leg room than my Model A's.
    The stock seat back looks to be too vertical to be comfortable. Maybe it's one of the contributing factors.
    I'm looking for one, BTW, if anyone has a lead.
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  7. jim galli
    Joined: Sep 28, 2009
    Posts: 381

    jim galli

    I always wanted one, but, then the '39's came along and now they look right, and everything else looks wrong. Funny how that works.
  8. 40pumike
    Joined: Mar 10, 2015
    Posts: 9


  9. tofords
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 905


    very nice Mike!
  10. F-head
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 556


    love the belly burners
  11. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 785


    Yeah, I hear ya. I just really like it when someone puts a project on the road like yours pieced together from a bunch of different vehicles - as you say, the hard way around - and it turns out that clean.

    If a guy were thinking of building one of these trucks, there's a lot to glean from this thread. The boss has definitely planted a seed here. Now everybody's going to want one. :D
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2016
  12. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,262


    well this is interesting:
    Edit, I don't know anything about the owner or particulars, it popped up in an image search.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016
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  13. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,301

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    I'm 6' 1" and been driving 40 Pkps for 15 yrs or so. The key is to get seat with thin back.
    It will work.
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  14. It also doesn't hurt to have a thin belly, too. I'm working towards that goal.
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  15. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,385


    I am 6-4 and have had my 40 pickup for many years.I fit in it fine with a stock seat. One of these days I want to move the gas tank to under the frame which will give me more room in the cab.I think though that having the seat high in the cab helps.Tilt steering helps also.
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  16. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,717

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Tilt steering columns don't help anything. Trust me.
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  17. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 3,653

    from Ok

    40 pickup with gas tank in cab????
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  18. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,273


    DSC_0204.JPG DSC_0208.JPG

    My 40 I built a while back. Sold it at Hot August Nights a couple years ago to a gentleman in South Carolina, never thought I'd see it again but it's in my shop today. He shipped it to me to add A/C (he says it's hot in SC?) and general maintenance.
    I picked up a really clean 41 builder last year. It's for sale for you guys looking for one.
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  19. Gahrajmahal
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 377


    Based on your original picks Ryan, it looks like you are finally ready for a custom instead of a rod.
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  20. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,192

    Gary Addcox

    Hey, Ryan. The builder of this '40 which won its class at the GNRS also built the black twin to it which won Early Truck of the Year in 2008 at GOOD-GUYS in Ft. Worth. His name is Frank Zuehl, and like you, is a very understated guy. He deserves accolades for his talent.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016
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  21. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 7,926


    I always wondered if a 40 front would fit a 39. 40s.jpg
  22. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 7,926


    Why not? Thats what I plan to do. I want to Z the frame to match the 40 dimensions and use the 40 front crossmember so the front sheetmetal will fit.
  23. JimmyD3234
    Joined: Dec 3, 2015
    Posts: 507

    from PA

    COOL PICS LOVE 40 41 & 32 33 34 DAMN NICE TRUCKS
  24. tofords
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 905


    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016
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  25. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,504


    Hope to do one someday--saw Metalmans at Reno when it sold-pics don't do it justice-top notch truck!!!
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2016
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  26. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 988


    My vision of what I think the 41 Ford pickups should have looked like.
    Torchie IMG_2593.jpg
  27. F-head
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 556


    Torchie, that thing is really cool, been following it on CCC
    I should have bought it when you had it for sale
    you should post 1 of Riks renderings on here, although you've allmost caught up to those now
    I hope you keep the stock grill center
  28. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 988


    Thanks F-head.
    Here is a pic that Rik enhanced. It will have the stock grills as I managed to pick up some with good chrome at a reasonable price.
    If my health doesn't get better it may be up for sale again. It's a daily debate with myself.
    I would really like to finish it and make a couple of shows like The Detroit Autorama and next years CCR in Indy.
    Torchie. Torchie41FordPickUpSideRH12-vi.jpg
  29. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,188


    It's a cab off a big truck.
  30. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 7,926


    That truck will be gorgeous and you are right that the factory should have done it

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