Just the Facts
Owner: Larry Tucker
This fabricated shroud and screen covers a PRC aluminum radiator and electric fan.
Larry Tucker likes toys—especially the kinds that make a lot of power, go fast, and look cool. He's had a few in the past and, from what he tells us, there will be a few more in the future.
Several years ago, Larry was making the rounds, showing a cool 1931 Ford coupe. Built at Jason Graham Hot Rods & Cool Customs, the Hemi-powered Model A had many of the trademark elements of other rods built at Jason's Portland, Tennessee, shop: healthy top chop, down-to-the-ground channeling, skinny bias-ply tires with wide whitewalls, and an exposed engine with lakes pipes, Strombergs, and air horns rising above the top of the windshield.
While he was having a blast with the coupe, Larry kept thinking about the pickup he wanted to finish. The truck had been started before the coupe came along. He found the 1934 Ford cab in Missouri and brought it back to Kentucky, where it had progressed to the roller stage but, as often happens, the project's forward motion stalled. Inspired by the success of the coupe, Larry decided to take the truck to Jason Graham Hot Rods for completion. "I left all the decisions up to Jason because I trust his style," Larry says. "He made a few design changes and turned the mocked-up roller into a finished truck."
An 8-71 Weiand supercharger pushes more air into the engine and helps pull out a whopping
Like the coupe, the truck has Graham's signature look. The cab is channeled 3 inches over the frame and the door hinges are hidden. A 4-1/2-inch chop keeps the proportions looking right and drops the roofline down to about 4-1/2 feet. Graham mounted a modified Deuce grille shell and insert between a pair of 1934 Ford commercial headlights. On the cowl, the functional vent was kept in place. A new bed and tailgate were fabricated and treated to a hard maple floor, located south of the rear axle.
Graham mixed DuPont paint to create a custom chocolate color to finish the cab and bed. Pinstriper Kirby Stafford, of Danville, Kentucky, added some perfectly low-key 'stripes along the beltline and a subtle design on the grille shell.
Some tasteful pinstriping from Kirby’s brush sets off the chocolate brown paint shot by Ja
Only tall skinny bias-ply tires would look right on Larry's retro-inspired ride. Coker Tire in Chattanooga offers a variety of vintage rubber and is practically local to Graham's shop. Graham selected 600-19 and 700-20 BFGoodrich whitewalls for the 1934, mounting them on 1930-31 Model A spoke wheels and caps. Complementing the looks of the rolling stock are drum brakes all around. The fronts are Buick drums with Wilson Welding and Machine finned cast-aluminum backing plates.
It doesn't take a crazy amount of power to pull a lightweight stripped-down 1934 pickup, but Larry and Graham wanted to make sure the "little brown truck" had enough muscle to get down the road. Is a 600-horse blown 468ci Chevy overkill? Says who? Actually, Larry says that a blown Flathead might be his alternative choice. We happen to like the look of the big-block (a 0.030-over 454) since it's more unusual in a street rod and makes a big visual impact—especially when crowned with that 8-71 Weiand supercharger, and sextuple Stromberg carbs with sky-high Muroc stacks. The transmission is a Turbo 400 automatic. The driveshaft extends through the bed, ending at the Ford 9-inch with limited-slip 3.73:1 gears.
The blown Chevy Rat motor makes big power and a big impression. Savage Speed Garage provid
All of this is carried by a chassis built around a boxed frame. The 'rails were Z'd in the front to put the channeled car so low it practically scrapes paint off the pavement. But don't look for airbags—the suspension is all old-school stuff. We're talking about split wishbones, transverse leaf spring from Posies, and a dropped I-beam axle in the front. The custom rear wishbone and quarter-elliptic rear springs are visible above the bed floor. Early Ford lever action shocks front and rear smooth out the ride.
How would you have finished the interior? Nostalgic show rod? Sixties-era street/strip? This one could have gone several ways. Jason does the upholstery in-house, which ensures the interior is just the way he wants it. In this case, he wanted a blend of retro style and luxury, and took it right down the middle between the two. The 1934 truck dash was trimmed with a full-width recessed panel of engine-turned aluminum, carried over onto the door panels and instrument panel. Stewart-Warner Wings blackface gauges were selected. That's it for the dash—all other controls and switches are out of sight underneath. A custom steering column connects the Vega box to the 1940 Ford wheel. The Gennie shifter is tall enough to see through the windshield. The bench seat and door panels were specially constructed by Graham, who upholstered everything in "rust"-colored Carrera material.
The pickup's first public appearance was at the 2013 Detroit Autorama where it was displayed in the Autorama Extreme hall (where the traditional-flavored cars and trucks hang out). Larry came home from Detroit with a couple awards. More awards have been coming all year, including a Painless Performance Products/STREET RODDER Top 100 pick at the Goodguys Nashville Nationals. It's safe to say Larry's latest toy has exceeded his expectations. "I don't know," Larry admits. "People took a liking to it. It's just weird." Nothing weird about it, Larry. To us, it makes perfect sense.
The 1934 is so low the rearend assembly resides above the hard maple bed floor. There’s ro
Vintage lever action shocks featured adjustable valving and can perform as well as tube sh
Details distinguishing the one-off bed include ’46 Ford taillights and a series of vertica