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Vendetta Pickup debuting at GNRS

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by USMercUte, Dec 8, 2009.

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


    "Vendetta" is a custom pickup that has evolved over a four year period and is now complete and heading to the GNRS in January. The brain-child of Tom Stephens (young guy) and John Nissen (old guy), built as an after-hours shop project that got out of hand in Nissen's Hot Rod Garage in Northern California. The truck is a true hot rod that contains parts from 12 different makes of automobiles and 1 boat. With over 1500 louvers, a 1963 Ford 406 FE, blown (Novi), injected, 4 wheel independent, chopped, channeled, sectioned, it is an all steel 1948 Ford Pickup (plus other makes) with lots to look at. Check it out at the website and tell us what you think.
  2. Man I can appreciate the work that has gone into that.
  3. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    you may mean'debuting"
  4. USMercUte
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 178


    We build cars better than we type!

  5. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


    and a damn good job...hands clapping here!!!!!
  6. Gerg
    Joined: Feb 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,827


    holy shit thats one amazing looking build!
  7. Antny
    Joined: Aug 19, 2009
    Posts: 1,071

    from Noo Yawk

    It's kewl. :cool:
  8. That's cool. It would look really cool with Repro Artillery Wheels....and deserves a subdued color..
  9. I like the truck and I'm impressed with the amount of work that has gone into the build so far, I hope you make the show in January. The only thing I disagree with in the bare metal shots is the wheel & tire combo. It needs 16's & 18's, or 18's & 20's traditional inspired one-off wheels wrapped in a low profile tire. Here's a great example Marvin Bok's '39 Ford Convertible
    Photo from
  10. Man
    Don't ya love those long fenders !!!
  11. 666Irish
    Joined: Aug 25, 2009
    Posts: 152


    Wow, that truck is absolutely gorgeous!
  12. blockhead
    Joined: Oct 31, 2009
    Posts: 19

    from Pooler, GA

    The attention to detail on those welds is killer. Great job, Guys!
  13. Gotta tell ya it looks a lot better than the drawing, love the heater.
  14. heatmiser
    Joined: May 6, 2009
    Posts: 253

    from mia

    ahhh yes, exactly... ;)
  15. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,663

    from Garner, NC

    Yeah it definitely needs to be more street roddersih, those sidewalls might fool someone into thinking the truck's gonna be driven. :eek:

  16. First let me say your workmanship is first class. I do have a problem with the balance of the cab and length of the body. The cab seems a bit tall and would work better with the rest of the truck if it had a 2"-3" chop. IMO
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 9,284


    Wow. Nice vision. I hate to say thet I don't like the wheel/tire choice but I realize you didn't build it for me. Everything else on this thing is right on. Not a 'me too' bone in it anywhere. Is it done or is that it's current state?
  18. jj mack
    Joined: Mar 22, 2007
    Posts: 735

    jj mack

    My 2 did ask.

    You need the right wheel and tire combo. Id say wider in the front, but it looks like you have clearance issues in the pic with the wheels turned. But defiantly, as mentioned above, you need larger diameter wheel to bring the truck into proportion.

    Please get rid of those Black gauges! Gauges should always match First the style of the truck, Second each other.

    The way the fenders come into the bed....just doesn't look right. They look like an afterthought (or that particular bed was and after thought)...IMO.

    I love the detail work! And man that looks like a lot of work! I know it is not finished and I might end up eating my words once it is complete!

    Thanks for sharing
  19. Astrochimp
    Joined: Sep 15, 2009
    Posts: 191

    from NE Mo.

    More than tires and wheels, I think the problem (for me!) is the wheel openings.

    Not sure if it is size or where the wheel fits in them, but am sure I don't like the shape, front or rear.

    But I drive a truck I painted in my yard with stupid wheels the PO installed...........

  20. cadillac daddyo
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 420

    cadillac daddyo
    from wichita ks

    now that is a bitchin build
  21. USMercUte
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 178


    Thanks for all the responces. We appreicate the comments. The bare-metal shoot was last winter and the truck is now painted a custom mix butterscotch orange and is 98% complete, AND Yes, it will have a different wheel/tire combo. Because it is a 60's style custom we are going with wide whites and a lot of fine line pinstripping (stripped by Craig Judd of chowchilla, CA). The dash instruments (58 Chris Craft) have all been rematted since the photos.
  22. vert1940
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 395


    i agree with jack...i like the heater it a heater or will it be something else?the v-8 in the back looks great,headlights,latch,exhaust...well hell,the whole thing!!
  23. USMercUte
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 178


    The heater is out of an early GMC truck and houses the Vintage Air controls on both sides and the center is the air outlets and the bottom is a hidden auto stereo face. The V on the tailgate is 51 Chrysler Imperial with both stop and running lights in the 8. Thanks for looking.
  24. CJ Steak
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,377

    CJ Steak
    from Texas

    I like the bodywork/mods.
  25. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,498


    Quite a lot of work...the detail is fantastic...having said that, IMHO (and as a lifelong graphic artist), I think you missed an important part of the build...the tail gate...with all the roundness to the cab, front end, the fenders and dash, the flat taillgate says to me, "ooops, we'd better put something in here or it's going to look unfinished." The tailgate should be rounded, or leaned forward, ala a '55 Nomad...or at least finished so that it matches the lower pan and lower fenders...then I think you'd have a great truck...

    But, then again, that's just my 13 cents worth you didn't ask for, so, do with it what you will...

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


    It might not show in the photos but the front headboard of the bed is curved to match the conture and body line of the cab and and the tailgate follows the same lines. On the website under photos there is also a box to click that shows the build photos. It is easy to miss but those photos may answer some questions. Again, thanks for the input.
  27. Not my cup of tea, but I do appreciate the workmanship.
  28. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,155


    Oh, I am liking this one. Great work and the final product sounds fantastic.

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