1930 Ford Model A Pickup When viewing a 1930 Model A you will notice on the hardtops, there is a cloth/canvas covering the top. There is much speculation as to why this is and there are basically 3 reasons for this. Number 1 is Henry Ford was cheap! Number 2 is steel was in demand and was used for other efforts, and 3 is the technology for welding such a large piece of steel did not exist, and even if it was put on, the road conditions of the time would have certainly quickly bent such a large panel. Ill go with number 1! For consignment, a custom creation starting with a basic Model A which was available in a pickup version, but this one was created from a sedan, and so we have a rodded pickup truck. Judging from the tailgate I think we have to say, The Devil Made Me Do It! Exterior We have no limits to our world, we are only limited by our imagination. This build had the imagination gates swung wide open when the consigner took a Model A sedan and cut the back seat and roofline off and boxed what was left in to create the passenger compartment. Then a rear small pickup bed was fashioned from steel for the sides and highly lacquered pine wood lines the bed. A stainless fuel tank is just behind the passenger compartment in the bed, and there are stake sides to add some height to the cargo area volume. A metal tailgate has wood accenting and a stained glass leaded framed devil attached, (I told you he made me do it!). The back bumper is shaved and now another steel plate runs across flush with the gate, and sports 2 exhaust exits next to each other stage right. Curved simple fenders are attached to the bed sides. The remaining passenger cowl does actually have a ribbed metal top, and a drilled metal sun visor. The side view mirrors are attached with steel rebar that has been powder coated. No hood, just the remains of the radiator surround painted black and topped with a cricket hood ornament giving off the same sound that most of my funny ramblings get from my audience. Chromed headlights hang off of either side of the radiator and some extra running lights are in front of the radiator. The front wheels have fenders that magically move when you steer the truck. Red steel wheels complete with shiny moon caps and wide whitewall bias ply tires are on all 4 corners. Interior A swing of the doors and we have ribbed gray tweed broadcloth covering the door panels on the inside. A few simple chromed cranks and door handles are in this tweed field. Aluminum has been fashioned for the bucket seat sides and some thin padded red vinyl covered cushions are in these frames forming the seats. In front is a red painted dash, now adorned with blackface AutoMeter and SW gauges and a vintage bottle top opener is mounted here as well. Fronting the dash is a chromed drilled 3 spoke wood rimmed rally steering wheel sitting atop a chromed column that goes down to the lacquered wood floor. Reaching for the sky is a drilled long armed shift lever. Stick em up. The remainder of the cabin is trimmed with a combination of wood veneer and fuzzy gray, (wool-like), broadcloth. Drivetrain Out in the open is a blinged out 2.3 liter 4-cylinder engine, that has an Esslinger camshaft, and a modified Pinto cylinder head. On top is a Holley 4-barrel carb with a fabricated aluminum cone for the air cleaner towering above the missing hood line. On back is a T5 5-speed manual transmission, and this pushes power back to a Ford 8.8-inch 4.11 geared pumpkin. Undercarriage Clean as a whistle underneath with black painted straight rust-free steel and aluminum for the floor pans, some wood for the bed floor, and a red painted steel frame and rear axle. This builders undercarriages are always a pleasure to view, and this one is no exception. Transverse leaf springs are upfront and ladder bars with coilovers are now on back, disk brakes are upfront and drums on back, and a glass pack style exhaust snakes its way from the headers to the dual pipe rear exit. Drive-Ability All good, and all working great this 4 banger has some stuff to offer up on the power front. Braking was solid and bias free and handling very good as well. I could not for the life of me figure out what the pipe on the back of the engine cowl was, as well as the cut off brass pipe coming out the floor. All worked just great and I had a devil of a time getting in and out! You will definitely be the only person in your neighborhood with this custom truck rod, cooker and looker, shades of the early hot rod styling, all bathed in satin black and some interesting add ons, a cricket radiator topper, rebar mirror hangers, and a bottle opener. Hand me a long neck and lets git!