1936 Ford Pickup: A New Life for an Old Truck
From bad things can come good things. Such is the case with Fred Struckman’s 1936 Ford pickup from Fulton, Arizona. While some might see a barn beam falling on a cab roof as the end of the line for an old truck, Fred saw an opportunity. He decided to help the old hauler regain its road legs and transform into a top-notch street rod.
To help him reach this goal he enlisted the help of Jeff Kinsey. Jeff Kinsey knows a thing about building a nice ride; the ’32 Ford Fordor sedan he crafted for fellow Texan, Don Smith, which has won numerous awards. His shop, Hot Rods by JSK in Cumby, Texas was just the place to revive this old truck.
When the cab was repaired, work continued on to the fenders. The wheel wells have been reshaped and the hood’s top and sides were hand-formed, along with a new set of running boards. The bed was completely restyled with one-off side panels featuring modified ’40 Ford stake pockets, hand-formed bumper braces, and a custom roll pan. The taillight stands were reshaped to resemble a pair pulled from a ’36 Ford car. Axalta Desert Tan paint helps lend an art deco essence.
A TCI frame lies underneath with their rear suspension out back while Heidts stainless A-arms and coilovers up front ensure proper handling. Front disc brakes are 11-inch CPP items while the Ford 9-inch retains its drums. Wheels are 17- and 18-inch wires from Wheelsmith, wrapped in Yokohama tires. Power is a Corvette CT4 350 with billet aluminum script valve covers from Speedway Motors and a modified ’55 Buick oil bath air cleaner for a vintage appeal.
The factory dash was revamped with a flowing Lincoln Zephyr lower section and gauges from Classic Instruments. A LeCarra steering wheel tops the GM column and JSK made the bench seat in-house before wrapping everything in Ox Blood leather upholstery.
Combining the right looks, stance, and aesthetics – The Struckman’s Ford truck is a smooth and sweet as they come.