The body is clearly the focal point of this hot rod and is based on a ’25 Dodge four-door touring complete with a Dodge cowl. Now the body sits as a two-door with a fabricated pickup bed out of 18-gauge and a 3-inch chopped windshield by Lance Moland of BCR. The bed, back of the cab, and 2-inch lengthened body underwent Mike Keller’s hammer along with the 2-inch stretched doors. More BCR handiwork includes the 3-inch sectioning of the grille shell with a stainless steel wire mesh insert. Much of the bodywork was handled by Allen Stouffer while the PPG black was applied by Ernie Fink, both of BCR, while West Coast favorite Von Hot Rod applied the lines.
The vertically mounted headlights are ’38 Chevy pickup while the mirrors are roadster-style with Bob Drake heads. Instead of the traditional chrome brightwork this roadster pickup features loads of nickel plating by Dan’s Polishing.
Inside you will find a ’60s era VW hood shaped into service as a dash. Note the use of a ’49 Nash Uniscope pod with its individual gauges converted to 12 V by Redline. The suspended pod is another unique feature of an already-unique Dodge roadster pickup. Wiring for the instruments and other electrical necessities was handled by Kyle Kinderknetch of BCR using an EZ Wire kit. Another noteworthy interior accessory is the bomber-style bench seat utilizing aircraft seatbelts by Frank Wallic covered in 50-year-old dark brown leather by Gasper Auto Trim & Upholstery. The door panels are aluminum and leather wrapped while controls are hidden beneath the black Pyramid rubber covered floor in a box directly in front of the driver.
Hot rods come in all sizes and shapes, all colors and styles, and all makes and models. Building a one-off Dodge roadster pickup makes perfect sense to the hot rodder with individual tastes