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

Street Rodder - - Contents - By Ron Ceri­dono Pho­tog­ra­phy by Brian Bren­nan

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

(800) 664-1362.

■ 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.

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