If we believe the definition of legacy as "what someone is remembered for or what they have left behind that is remembered" then Gilbert Bugg's 1934 Ford pickup fulfills the definition. Now owned and driven by his son, Bubba Bugg of Rossville, Tennessee, he has plenty of memories of the two of them attending rod runs, drag racing, and indoor shows. But it's the memories Bubba is making today with his son that will perpetuate the truck's long and proud history. (Editor's note: I first photographed this pickup back in 1971 at the Waco, Texas, rod run. Both Gilbert and the pickup provided me with many worthwhile street rodding memories.)
Gilbert and Mary Bugg seen here during the '80s with the '34 Ford pickup painted in its th
Gilbert Bugg bought the truck in 1953 and sold it in the late '50s but was able to buy it back a year later. He proudly drove and showed the pickup until his death in 1997. Gilbert's wife, Mary, would later sell the truck to their son Bubba who took it upon himself to bring the truck back to its full glory, while adding a few personal touches.
Two early identifiable markers of this '34 Ford pickup were the color, '57 Buick Seminole Red, and the unmistakable front nerf bars built in the '60s by Gilbert. The truck was rebuilt several times during its "life", always maintaining the brilliant red color and the nerf bars. Bubba agonized long and hard over the color change through the use of House of Kolor's Pagan Gold paint applied by Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio in Concord, California. He did retain the truck's definitive marker by utilizing the distinctive nerf bars. Gilbert's nicely executed 3-inch top chop was also retained.
Guiding Bubba through the one-and-a-half year rebuild process was Roy Brizio and his craftsman at Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco, California. In its current iteration the bodywork was handled by Guy Ruchonnet (Manteca, CA), reading the cab, Mack Products bed, Jack Haggeman aluminum hood, and the original grille shell with a Dan Fink stainless steel insert. As mentioned before, Hollenbeck applied the Pagan Gold paint while the Tommy the Greek-style pinstriping was handled by Rory (Hayward, CA). The headlights are OTB Gear (Walnut, CA) resting on a dropped headlight bar while '41 Chevy taillights are used. You can find a stock exterior mirror and a '37 Ford interior mirror.
Sid Chavers' stitchwork covers the custom-made bench seat, door panels, and headliner in b
The '34 Ford frame kept its stock wheelbase and used a Pete & Jakes (Peculiar, MO) front four-bar and The Deuce Factory (Santa Ana, CA) rear triangulated four-bar. From here a Super Bell (Peculiar, MO) tube axle; spindles and brakes; P&J tube shocks; Posies (Hummelstown, PA) spring; Wilwood (Camarillo, CA) proportioning valve, calipers, and 11-inch rotors; ECI (Vernon, CT) brake booster; and a Brizio Panhard bar were positioned. Steering is handled by a combination of Vega box, Borgeson (Torrington, CT) steering column and U-joints, and a Brizio banjo-style steering wheel. The rear suspension is based on a plated Ford 9-inch with 3.50 gears, 31-spline axles, 11-inch drum brakes, and Carrera (Lakeville, MN) coilover shocks. All of the truck's chrome plating above and below the sheetmetal was handled by Sherm's Custom Plating (Sacramento, CA). At the corners are Billet Specialties (La Grange, IL) wheels reminiscent of '62 Corvette hubcaps, but are billet wheels, and BFGoodrich/Coker radial narrow whitewall tires. All the wheels utilize a 3-1/2-inch backspace with the fronts measuring 15x6 and 15x7 in back. To these "early style Corvette wheels" are the BFGoodrich/Coker radials measuring 165R15 and P235/75R15.
Trademark or distinctive, whichever term you would like to use, the front nerf bars/bumper
A Borgeson hot rod tube column is topped with a Brizio banjo wheel while a Lokar shifter i
The original '34 Ford dash is fitted with a SO-CAL Speed Shop insert and VDO gauges.
The headlights are painted OTB buckets with a chromed ring resting on a dropped headlight
You don't often see side mounts but this '34 pick'em-up pulls it off nicely with Billet Sp
The interior is a blend of original and custom touches. The stock '34 Ford truck dashboard is fitted with a SO-CAL Speed Shop (Pomona, CA) insert and VDO gauges; Jim Vickery of Brizio's was responsible for the truck's wiring. From here the cab's interior is covered with Dynamat (Hamilton, OH) insulation and black nylon loop carpeting. The handiwork of Sid Chavers Interiors (Santa Clara, CA) is on display in black and white leather over the custom bench seat, door panels, and headliner. A Lokar (Knoxville, TN) shifter controls the Golden Gate Transmission (Pleasanton, CA) prepped TH350 featuring a mild converter, shift kit, and a Customs by Common's driveshaft. Other Lokar items include the pedals that rest atop the Pete & Jakes pedal assembly.
An Edelbrock 410hp crate engine derives power from cam, intake, 650-cfm carb and air clean
Any hot rod truck worth its haulin' power needs some horses under the hood and this '34 isn't to be outdone. An Edelbrock crate motor with 410 hp and 408 lb-ft of torque arrives here through the use of Edelbrock aluminum heads with beefed up springs and 1.5 ratio roller rockers, intake, 650-cfm carb, and camshaft. Other go-fast goodies include a MSD (El Paso, TX) ignition with Taylor (Grandview, MO) wires and Sanderson (S. San Francisco, CA) headers, Dynamax mufflers, and Brizio-fabbed exhaust tubing all ceramic coated. In the "lookin' good" category, Edelbrock valve covers and an air cleaner are used. Cooling this potent hauler is a Walker Radiator (Memphis, TN) brass radiator, block driven fan, and an Edelbrock water pump.
There's no mistaking the distinctive look of a freshly built hot rod employing many of today's popular components. Yet there can be no denying the presence of the time-honored appearance of a hot rod truck from long ago.
A Mack Products pickup bed was installed, along with '41 Chevy taillights and chromed tai
A chromed, modern-day outfitted Ford 9-inch with 31-spline axles and a Deuce Factory trian