Moving the pickup down the road is a 296-inch Ford Flathead having undergone a thorough going over by H&H Flatheads (La Crescenta, California) pumping 300 hp at 5,200 rpm-both impressive numbers for a Flathead. H&H prepped the fully ground block while all the components are polished. Detail is the word of the day with loads of paint, plating, and polish to make this Flathead flat (no pun intended) sparkle. Unmistakable is the polished vintage S.Co.T. blower topped with a pair of Stromberg 97 carbs, custom stacks, and screens. Firing the fuel is an MSD (El Paso, Texas) ignition with Taylor (Grandview, Missouri) primary wires. Polished vintage Navarro heads beautifully accent the Flathead along with a Chevy 409 water pump and chrome-plated generator. Other cooling components include the SPAL (Ankeny, Iowa) electric fan and the Steve Long brass radiator. The custom exhaust system is based on polished stainless steel headers, an exhaust pipe, and mufflers all fabricated by Roy's Body Shop. Hooked to the Flathead is a Chevy S-10 five-speed with a McLeod (Placentia, California) clutch package operated by a custom shifter and P&J pedal.

Pigford started the project with original sheetmetal but as is often the case, the work only begins at this point. The doors were rebuilt with new skins and wooden doorframes by Wood 'n' Carr (Long Beach, California). Other sheetmetal changes include a Rootlieb (Turlock, California) hood, Dan Fink Metalworks (Huntington Beach, California) grille, and stainless insert complete with "original" crank hole. The pan under the front grille was shortened at Pigford's and custom nerf bars were added to the front and rear. Sealed beams along with '39 Chevy taillights make up the lighting while all the electrical in the truck comes by way of Bob Mayes (Pasadena, Texas). The bed is shortened, note tire/wheel combo is centered in the wheelwell and features a roll pan. The sheetmetal and powertrain components were sprayed in PPG custom mix gold prepared by Paul Stoll of PPG. Pigford sprayed the color on while Rodney Hutcherson was instrumental in the color sanding and buffing. No small task for a hot rod being readied for AMBR competition. Bob Talton's (Pasadena, Texas) fine pinstriping runs along the body lines, bed, dash, and the top of the '32 grille shell. Other noteworthy efforts came from Jim Zeiger who handled the glass, while Sherm's Custom Plating (Sacramento, California) was responsible for all of the brightwork.

The gold paint is striking but it is truly well accented by the pearl white leather interior stitched over custom diamond tuft seating and door panels; carpeting is a custom gold hue over plenty of Dynamat (Hamilton, Ohio) insulation. All this fine stitch work was aptly handled by Gabe Lopez (San Bernardino, California). The steel '32 dashboard is fitted with '34 Plymouth gauges rebuilt by Red Line.

Here's one '32 roadster pickup that has made the rounds, literally crossing the Atlantic Ocean-twice, working as a shop truck and a hot rod only to end up as a showstopper. Well, there you have it: One heck of a shop truck turned into as high a level hot rod as you will ever see.