AT­TI­TUDE AD­JUST­MENT

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ Scene -

DOER. Model A trucks such as this 1931 ex­am­ple have rarely graced the pages of HOT ROD Deluxe through its 10-year ten­ure, which should not come as a shocker. Sure, Henry Ford’s army of men man­u­fac­tured the model in large num­bers, with about 480,000 of them rolling out of the fac­to­ries from late 1927 un­til 1931. And only Tu­dors and coupes ended up sell­ing bet­ter. Yet most early-days hot rod­ders never saw this Ford work­horse as prime hot rod ma­te­rial, un­like road­sters and, to a lesser ex­tent, coupes.

Trucks were left to per­form un­grate­ful tasks, such as car­ry­ing parts. And who wanted to pick up a date in an au­to­mo­bile fea­tur­ing a cramped and rather un­com­fort­able cabin? Due to hard use do­ing com­mer­cial duty, these ve­hi­cles have not fared well over time, hence many wound up in sal­vage yards, a fact en­hanced by the low de­sir­abil­ity of the model. Find­ing sur­vivors in de­cent shape can prove chal­leng­ing to­day, al­though they can­not be con­sid­ered mega-rare by any stretch.

A sign shop fore­man by trade liv­ing in North Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, Mark “Stewy” Ste­wart de­cided to give such pro­ject a

try, as he has owned and ap­pre­ci­ated old trucks for years. He has ad­di­tion­ally built a cou­ple of hot-rod­ded Model A coupes of ’30 and ’31 vin­tage in the past; but his in­ter­est in au­to­mo­biles ex­tends to Amer­i­can clas­sics of the 1950s and 1960s, too, hav­ing wrenched on a ’59 Im­pala, ’62 Ply­mouth Fury with a 413ci Wedge en­gine, ’66 Chevy II, ’67 Mus­tang, and plenty more. We should also men­tion his past ’66 Pon­tiac Aca­dian Canso, a coupe as­sem­bled for the Cana­dian mar­ket that has many traits in com­mon with the ’66 Chevy Nova.

A friend tipped off Mark to this ’31 Ford pickup, which seemed rough at first sight. A closer in­spec­tion re­vealed a body in good shape; all he needed was a way to fi­nance the car’s pur­chase. “My in­ter­est in hot rods started by build­ing plas­tic mod­els and col­lect­ing them over the years,” he ex­plains. “I sold off a large num­ber of them, which al­lowed me to raise enough cash to buy the truck.”

It would take an­other seven years be­fore the pro­ject truly got un­der way, thanks to the vi­sion of friend Lau­rie Peter­son of Canada Cus­toms & Hot Rods, lo­cated less than three miles from Stewy’s home. In fact, a whole cul-de-sac in the neigh­bor­hood hap­pens to be a hub of hot rod­ding ac­tiv­ity, as it’s home to not only

SZANTAI • WORDS & PICS: STEPHAN STE­WART • CAR: MARK “STEWY”

wanted a > Mark “Stewy” Ste­wart look for his “late ’50s to early ’60s” and friends Model A pickup pro­ject, Balogh Lau­rie Peter­son and Luke that. Even helped him achieve just a 1960s the color was in­spired by in the clas­sic: the Mus­tang star­ring Mcqueen. movie Bul­litt with Steve fea­tures a How­ever, the paint job of ex­tra lit­tle more flair, courtesy pearl and metal­lic flake.

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