The forward tilt bomber bench seat is upholstered in embossed brown leather by Jim Griffin
The SHRS-built front suspension is based on a Magnum (Oakhurst, CA) 5-inch drop tube axle employing MG "bug eye" Sprite shocks, split '46 Ford 'bones shortened 8 inches, and 12-inch Bendix-style drum brakes from MT Car Products; SHRS also fabbed the Panhard bar. The rear suspension is based on a Hot Rod Works (Nampa, ID) quickie with an SHRS cover incorporating a visible site tube. Locating the quick-change are Posies quarter-elliptic springs, split '46 Ford wishbones turned backward and bobbed, and MG shocks. An interesting feature of both the front and rear brakes are the SHRS-designed radial finned brake rings machined by Joe Kerr. These rings slip over the existing brake drums and bolt into place; there are also SHRS aluminum race car-style backing plate covers.
Steering is another noteworthy mod utilizing a reversed '55 Chevy box by Dale Fairfax creating a side steer utilizing a Pitman arm made from a stock spare tire mount off of the truck. SHRS fabricated the tie rod and draglink using '28-34 draglink ends with Teflon bushing inserts and brass end plugs all machined by Fairfax; reminiscent of components from a Miller Indy race car. Other steering components include the telescopic MG column topped off with an MG wheel and a custom brass horn button by Kerr, sporting the "Indiana-look" logo-an outline of the state with overlapping racetrack wings.
Moal Coachworks built the grille reminiscent of the Miller style...
... like the one depicted in the Ed Tillrock drawing entitled, "Indy 1932."
The body is brilliantly accented by the custom 19-inch Dayton wire wheels, measuring 5 inches wide in front and 8-1/2 inches in back. The wheels are painted in Martha Stewart 106 yellow with polished stainless steel spokes anchored with gold-plated nipples-and that's all we're going to say! The knockoffs feature the Indiana-look logo. "Where the rubber meets the road" you will find Coker Excelsior Comp V vintage racing tires measuring 4.50 and 7.00.
Hiding behind the custom aluminum and riveted fan shroud is a Steve Long brass radiator bu
The valve cover, intake manifold, the headers and exhaust system, and the 8mm MSD wires wr
It took four pickup bodies to come up with enough sheetmetal to build one good truck. The cab, hood, and bed feature numerous metal touches by SHRS that include a cowl from a sedan that was stretched 5-1/2 inches, vent moved forward 1-1/2 inches, cowl bottom curved upward, and a forward top chop of only 3/4 inch, leaving the windshield stock height, and a 1-inch deeper visor. (Door handles are from a '34 Ford.) Jerry "Weeks" Baker punched the many louvers and massaged the hood blister into the five-piece hood. SHRS narrowed the bed 6 inches and incorporated aluminum inserts, fitted a roll pan, gas tank cover (the 8-gallon aluminum tank was fabricated at RRT), and a pushbar rear bumper. The Lace wood was shaped and fitted by Dale Smith. The body and paintwork was handled by Warren Lewis of RRT using Glasurit-brand British Racing Green while Tom Evans applied the gold leaf and striping. All the brightwork (aside from the polished aluminum) was handled by Sherm's Plating (Sacramento, CA). We mentioned polished aluminum; imagine polishing the louvered panels then masking off the individual louvers allowing for paint, buffing, and pinstriping. RRT gets the award for harnessing the power of patience.
Accenting the Miller-style grille are chromed E&J Type 20 headlights resting on an SHRS headlight bar. The taillights are a compilation of components; starting with Home Depot yard lights, machined billet rings, and stainless steel reflectors made from a spice bowl. The red glass lenses were rescued from railroad lanterns while the taillight stanchions are '40 Ford steering column shift arms.