We admit there is one thing on this pickup that blows any talk of low budget right out the window. Actually, it's four things: the wheels. They're Kelsey Hayes accessories, commonly but incorrectly called DIVCO or milk truck wheels. Their original application is highly debated, but they were made famous years later by land-speed racers who used their large diameter as a means to effectively increase their race cars' gear ratios. Before greedy lenders and idiot borrowers killed the goose that laid the golden egg, they commanded as much as five figures for a set of four, but Josh stumbled into his at an estate sale for less than $200. And when we say stumbled, we mean it; he didn't even know what they were. "I just thought they were cool," he admitted.
While Josh's pickup uses early parts, that's not necessarily what makes us think it's so true to the early hot rod. After all, he built it with many parts that didn't even exist during that period. In fact, to adhere strictly to some era would've blown his budget.
What makes it true to that form is the philosophy behind it: By working within his means, he stripped an ordinary car to its bare essentials and gave it lots of horsepower. Whether a Model A, a Mustang, or a Mitsubishi, that's a hot rod.
But it goes deeper than that. Hot rods of yore were often fleeting things. They either evolved with their builders' budget, skills, and standards or came apart altogether to become entirely different cars. Since building this pickup, Josh has blown it apart with the intent of reassembling it as a roadster.
But for that time it was together, it was a well-built, go-fast machine whose purpose was nothing other than going fast and having fun. And if you don't think kids half a century ago built hot rods to do just that, you've got some history to learn.
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