A 'banger, ribbed Firestones, Kelseys, and hairpins-what else could you ask for?
Recently a lad by the name of Phil Migliore Jr. completed his trip down hot rod lane, ending his journey behind the wheel of one of the coolest roadster pickups I've had the pleasure of drooling over in a long time. Phil started his project with a rolling chassis purchased off of eBay-an original Model A kicked up 3 to 4 inches with a built A 'banger. It was fitted with '40 juice brakes and a quartet of red Kelsey bent spokes. Phil's plan was to drop an rpu cab and bed on the chassis and end up with a cool traditional hot rod, maybe in primer, or perhaps with an old-school lacquer job-not a rat, but not a "finished" truck either.
It didn't take long before Phil made his first detour of the trip-from the A frame he started with to a Deuce version acquired from a family friend. Next, he picked up a Hallock-style windshield frame that made itself right at home on the rpu's cowl. Stepping back and eyeballing the body on the Deuce frame with the Hallock in place and the stance just right, that little A 'banger looked a bit anemic with its Winfield accessories, so Phil hung a hard left and headed straight toward an overhead conversion on a B block. Hey, if you're gonna do it, you might as well do it right.
Just plain cool is the only way to describe Phil Migliore's roadster pickup, if you ask me
So, off went the A motor to pay for the B-well, the A motor and a hefty chunk of Phil's savings account, that is. Phil outfitted the B with Schwalm's Babbitted bearings, a counter-balanced B crank, Crower rods, Ross pistons, and a Cragar cam. A Cragar OHV conversion, roller-tip rockers, a modified Miller water pump, a lightened flywheel, and full-pressure oiling for one hot little 'banger. He then backed it with a V-8 trans and a Deuce rearend for a truly traditional drivetrain.
The Brookville sheetmetal was massaged and treated to a glass-smooth coating of Ralph Estrada-applied House of Kolor pitch black, a Deuce grille shell, and a combination of Arrow and '37 Ford head- and taillights. A Deuce-style dash fitted with some Stewart Warner gauges, a '40 column and wheel, and a dose of red leather stitchwork by Shawn Appleman ended up as the perfect finishing touches for Phil's pickup, as you can see.
Phil's pickup is a premium example of just how convoluted the road to a finished project can be-and though we all seem to end up in the right place by the end of the trip, getting from point A to point B isn't always a straight line. So, just buckle up and follow this young man's lead and you'll be pleased with where the road takes you-don't forget to enjoy the ride.
The heart of Phil's hot rod pickup is the Model A 'banger's Cragar OHV cylinder head.
Though perfectly Spartan, the rpu's interior is both good looking and comfortable.
The Deuce frame is graced by a full complement of Brookville sheetmetal.
Phil's B 'banger is chock-full with all the best in early hot rod components, and it'll de
Facts & Figures
Phil Migliore Jr.
Montgomery, New York
1928 Ford roadster pickup
|Frame / Manufacturer ||1932 Ford / FoMoCo |
|Modifications ||’34 rear crossmember, stock center, Model A front |
|Chassis plumbing ||V-8 Garage |
|Rearend / Ratio ||1932 Ford / 3:78 |
|Rear suspension ||POSIES (Hummelstown, PA) Super Slide, Pete & Jake’s (Peculiar, MO) shocks |
|Rear brakes ||’40 Ford |
|Front suspension ||Super Bell axle, Durant monoleaf, P&J’s shocks |
|Front brakes ||’40 Ford |
|Master cylinder ||’64 Chevy |
|Steering box ||modified ’32 |
|Wheel covers ||Model B |
|Front wheel make, size ||Kelsey Hayes bent spoke, 16x4 |
|Rear wheel make, size ||Kelsey Hayes bent spoke, 16x6 (added 2” on inside rim) |
|Front tire make, size ||Coker / Firestone rib, 500-16 |
|Rear tire make, size ||Coker / Firestone dirt track, 8.90-16 |
|Gas tank ||1925 Ford |
|Make ||Ford |
|Displacement ||213ci |
|Machining / Assembly ||Schwalm’s Babbitted Bearings (Strasburg, PA) |
|Crankshaft ||counter-balanced Model B |
|Rods ||Crower Cams & Equipment (San Diego, CA) |
|Pistons ||Ross Racing Pistons (El Segundo, CA) |
|Camshaft ||Cragar (Phoenix, AZ) |
|Water pump ||modified Miller |
|Cooling fan ||stock Model A |
|Radiator ||Walker Radiator Works (Memphis, TN) |
|Alternator ||hidden in original generator |
|Heads ||Cragar overhead conversion |
|Rockers ||roller tip |
|Valve covers ||Cragar |
|Manifold / Induction ||Cragar |
|Ignition / Wires ||Mallory |
|Headers ||Hallock |
|Exhaust / Mufflers ||custom Spin Tech oval tubes / Borla Performance Ind. (Oxnard, CA) |
|Other engine facts ||insert bearings, full pressure oiling & lightened flywheel |
|Make ||Ford |
|Clutch disc ||V-8 Ford |
|Pressure plate ||V-8 Ford |
|Body style / Material ||roadster pickup / steel |
|Body manufacturer ||Brookville Roadster (Brookville, OH) |
|Body mods ||Hallock windshield, peak grille shell, bed shortened 8” & custom bedside covers |
|Hood ||none |
|Grille ||1932 Ford |
|Bodywork ||owner |
|Paint type / Color ||House of Kolor (Picayune, MS) / black |
|Painter ||Ralph Estrada |
|Headlights / Taillights ||Arrow / ’37 Ford |
|Dashboard ||1932 style |
|Gauges ||Stewart Warner (Lancaster, PA) |
|Insulation ||QuietRIDE Solutions (Stockton, CA) |
|Wiring ||original style |
|Steering wheel ||'40 Ford |
|Steering column ||'40 Ford |
|Seats ||custom |
|Upholsterer ||Shawn Appleman of Appleman Interiors (Lancaster, OH) |
|Material / Color ||leather / red |