Along with the aforementioned factory body mods found on Brookville’s roadster pickup package (which includes a windshield kit that has a factory 2-inch chop already in place), Kugel’s also modified the rear framehorns (tucking them closer to the body). After the louvered three-piece Rootlieb hood was attached, Rodriguez painted the car its Rodriguez Root Beer Brown, and the owner, who used to build kitchen cabinets, stained the bed box wood its special shade. Chrome bumpers from Rock Valley were also added, as was a custom gold leaf lettering job on the tailgate by Jones Custom Lettering & Striping.
Ron Mangus got the call to supply the rod’s threads, and Dynamat insulation went down before the color-matched square-weave carpet went in. Magnus used pleated brown leather on the Glide Engineering bench seat as well as the door panels, and saved a little extra to wrap the banjo steering wheel that was bolted to a Flaming River column. Classic Instrument gauges were then fitted to an oval gauge insert, and controls and vents for the Vintage Air A/C system are located on a smaller sub dash that runs just below the factory dash.
Once completed, Jim was able to roll up 600 or so miles on the odometer, plus take it to a few local car shows. At night it’s parked next to the ’34 roadster Jim still owns, as well as a ’57 Chevy 210 and a ’67 Mustang. But Heller likes driving his cars, and says this roadster pickup drives as nice as it looks, and considering how the finished product appears that’s really saying something!