A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place
Continuing the build of the 2018 United Pacific/ STREETRODDER Road Tour '32 Ford Pickup Presented by Ford Performance Parts
Continuing the build of the
There has been a frenzy of activity at Hot Rods by Dean (HRBD) where the construction of the 2018 United Pacific/ STREET RODDER Road Tour '32 Ford pickup Presented by Ford Performance Parts is well under way. The truck is based on a chassis from Roadster Shop (RS) equipped with front suspension from Pete & Jakes, Flaming River steering components, and RS four-bars and coilovers in the rear.
With the chassis, the new United Pacific sheetmetal, a Ford Performance Parts crate engine, Hughes Performance transmission, and a Winters quick-change gathered up, Dean Livermore and the crew at HRBD set about making the pickup Road Tour ready. Of course one of the major issues to deal with when building any street rod is where to put everything in the passenger compartment that’s required to make it go, steer, and stop, while providing a comfortable environment for its inhabitants. That challenge is even greater when working with a pickup, but the crew at HRBD are masters of making the most out of the space available.
The first challenge was to fit the engine and transmission. We chose Ford’s M-6007-X347DR, which is catalog speak for a 347ci small-block that produces 360 hp and 400
lb-ft of torque. Behind it is a GM
4L60 overdrive automatic with a custom bellhousing that allows the
Blue Oval and Bowtie components to connect. To accommodate the engine and transmission combination HRBD modified the firewall and then fabricated a custom transmission tunnel and floor panels.
As space is at a premium in early pickup cabs, ergonomics and packaging of all the components requires planning. For a clean, uncluttered look, and to save valuable space, HRBD installed a Flaming River 30-inch roadster steering column. It’s topped with a leather-wrapped flat-spoke
Corvette steering wheel. The throttle pedal assembly and brake pedal pad are Lokar.
To position the necessary switches within easy reach an extension across the bottom of the UP reproduction Deuce dash was added; it also houses oval A/C outlets for the Vintage Air
Gen II mini evaporator. The controls for the Vintage Air system, the Custom Autosound stereo, as well as the Lokar shifter and hand brake are all housed in a custom center console on top of the transmission tunnel. In order to ensure our Road Tour leader Jerry Dixey travels in comfort, seating is provided by Procar by Scat bucket seats and to keep him entertained there’s a pair of Custom Autosound speakers tucked underneath.
The 2018 United Pacific/ STREET RODDER Road Tour kicked off in June, but it’s not too late to sign up for one of the remaining Road Tours. For more information, check streetrodder.com or call the Road Tour Hotline at
■ Hot Rods by Dean began assembly of our '32 Ford pickup by mounting the new United Pacific cab on the Roadster Shop chassis. Note the shape of the stock firewall. A testfit of the engine confirmed that the center of the firewall would have to be modified.
■ The center of the firewall was cut and moved to the rear to provide engine clearance. Triangular-shaped sheetmetal fillers filled the gaps.
■ When modifying a firewall the challenge becomes making the intrusion into the passenger compartment as small as possible.