Time Capsule

Fred and Jane Struck­man’s 1936 Ford Pickup

Street Trucks - - FIRST OF ITS KIND - TEXT BY JON HANSEN PHOTOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR

WE’VE ALL HEARD OF RE­STORED VE­HI­CLES, BUT WHAT DO YOU CALL SOME­THING THAT’S BEEN REBUILT BET­TER THAN IT WAS ORIG­I­NALLY MADE? The word is “resto­mod,” and it’s best ap­plied to Fred and Jane Struck­man’s ’36 Ford pickup. The Struck­man fam­ily lives in the small town of Ful­ton, Arkansas, and it’s easy to see that the cou­ple en­joys the sim­pler things in life, like small-town liv­ing and an­tique au­to­mo­biles.

But they don’t like just any old ve­hi­cle; they’re specif­i­cally drawn to ’30s Ford pickups. Some­thing about the sim­ple lines strikes a chord in the pair, and they fi­nally de­cided it was time to make one of their very own.

Once they lo­cated a suit­able ’36 Ford, they agreed to make their truck dif­fer­ent from any other. Their goal was to keep it orig­i­nal, but with flare and a few modern-day lux­u­ries hid­den through­out the build. Al­though they hadn’t de­cided on ev­ery change they’d make, there were a few things they were cer­tain that they wanted from day one. Air con­di­tion­ing, a more com­fort­able and unique in­te­rior, a bet­ter over­all ex­te­rior look and a powertrain that would make the truck more re­li­able and fun to drive than the orig­i­nal flat­head V-8 were sched­uled right off the bat.

FANS OF CLEAN AND SIM­PLE, FRED AND JANE DE­CIDED TO COAT THE FORD BODY IN AX­ALTA DESERT TAN. AL­THOUGH THE TAN MIGHT SEEM TOO MUTED, THERE WERE PLENTY OF PLANS FOR THE IN­TE­RIOR AND OUTER AC­CENTS TO CON­TRAST THE EARTH-TONED EX­TE­RIOR.”

They got started by bring­ing the truck down to Hot Rods by JSK in Cumby, Texas. The team at JSK isn’t new to restoration or hot-rod-style builds. Hav­ing many un­der their col­lec­tive belt, it’s easy to see why Fred and Jane knew they were the per­fect shop for the job.

Start­ing with the ba­sics, the JSK crew set out to give the pickup a more ag­gres­sive stance for its up­com­ing en­gine plans. Af­ter a few cus­toms tweaks, the ’36 was fit­ted with coilover springs as well as a set of 2-inch drop spin­dles with a set of nar­rowed Heidt’s con­trol arms with match­ing Heidt’s shocks to give it a clean front drop. The rear sus­pen­sion setup was nar­rowed and fit­ted with a match­ing leaf-spring setup to give the truck a taste­ful drop all around. When adding power, al­ways add stop­ping power, and the 11-inch front disc brakes of­fer an abun­dance. They didn’t want to waste all of that work mak­ing the sus­pen­sion per­fect

just to have it ride on stock wheels, so the JSK crew and the Struck­mans found a mid­dle ground be­tween old school and new for the wheels on the ’36. A stag­gered set of Wheel­smith Ar­tillery wheels was mounted, leav­ing the frame ready for its new heart, a 5.7L V-8 mo­tor from a 1996 Chevro­let Corvette. While some en­thu­si­asts would have a heart at­tack over putting a Chevy mo­tor in a Ford, the build crew thinks of them­selves as equal op­por­tu­nity sup­port­ers, and they also en­joy the sim­plic­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity that the GM mo­tors pro­vide. As one might imag­ine, the large V-8 wasn’t a drop-in per­fect fit, but the veter­ans at JSK fear no chal­lenge and eas­ily fit the new heart in the chas­sis.

Fans of clean and sim­ple,

Fred and Jane de­cided to coat the Ford body in Ax­alta Desert Tan. Al­though the tan might seem too muted, there were plenty of plans for the in­te­rior and outer ac­cents to con­trast the earth-toned ex­te­rior. From the bench seat to the head­liner to the cus­tom-made door pan­els and dash­board, JSK Red cov­ered ev­ery inch, en­velop­ing the driver and pas­sen­ger in time­less lux­ury. A one-of-akind touch was added to the dash: the lower por­tion of a 1937 Lin­coln Ze­phyr dash bot­tom was grafted onto the pickup’s

orig­i­nal. A taste­ful new stereo setup and air con­di­tion­ing from Vin­tage Air were also added to pro­vide a cou­ple of modern con­ve­niences to the ’36’s in­te­rior. The JSK Red from the in­te­rior was car­ried over to the wheels and as a taste­ful pin­stripe across the body. To top it all off, an oak bed floor with stain­less steel ac­cents was dropped into the rear of the truck.

Since the build has been fin­ished, the Struck­mans have been en­joy­ing driv­ing their one-of-a-kind modern classic. At car shows or around their home­town, you can count on see­ing this tan beauty cruis­ing as weather per­mits.

The Struck­mans want to give a tremen­dous thank you to Hot Rods by JSK for bring­ing their old farm truck back to life, and they’d also like to thank all of their friends and fam­ily who helped or sup­ported them along the way.

THE STRUCK­MANS HAVE BEEN EN­JOY­ING DRIV­ING THEIR ONEOF-A-KIND MODERN CLASSIC. AT CAR SHOWS OR AROUND THEIR HOME­TOWN, YOU CAN COUNT ON SEE­ING THIS TAN BEAUTY ...”

A MODERN TIME CAPSULE, THIS ’36 FORD DEF­I­NITELY TAKES US BACK TO SIM­PLER TIMES.

THIS EN­GINE BAY HAS THE PER­FECT COM­BI­NA­TION OF RETRO AND MODERN TO SATISFY ANY TRUCK LOVER.

IT DOESN’T GET MUCH CLEANER THAN THE IN­TE­RIOR OF THIS ’36 FORD.

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