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1942 Ford Pickup Custom - "The Art Rod"

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1942 Ford Pickup Custom – “The Art Rod”



**THIS VEHICLE IS CURRENTLY SELLING ON A BRING-A-TRAILER ONLINE AUCTION. THE AUCTION ENDS ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2ND AT 6:01 PM EASTERN TIME. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THIS VEHICLE PLEASE REGISTER DIRECTLY WITH BRING-A-TRAILER. IT’S A QUICK AND SIMPLE PROCESS. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!**



2018 – Best of Show Award Winner at the Hod Rod Magazine Show.

2019 – 1St Place Award Winner at the Grand National Roadster Show.



2020 – Classic Street Rods Calendar car.


Known as, “The Art Rod”, this spectacular 1942 Ford Pickup is truly a one-a-kind piece of rolling artwork. It was awarded “Best of Show” at the Hot Rod Magazine Show in 2018 and “1st Place” at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2019. Both of these awards are included. It was also featured on the 2020 Classic Street Rods calendar which is also included. The truck was first built in 2006 by Kirk Brown of Caledonia, Michigan. It was featured on the cover Rod and Custom magazine in April 2008. It was a Rod and Custom Feature Car and labeled as the “Homebuilt Hauler”. The article covered four pages and the magazine is included. As quoted in Rod and Custom magazine, “The finished truck brings the element of the rough and raw but has the finesse of a WWII aircraft with its many aviation-inspired details.” The truck eventually found itself in the hands of classic vehicle enthusiast Bret Blackburn of Huntington Beach, California. Bret collaborated with Platinum Black Rods and Custom in Huntington Beach, California to re-build the “Homebuilt Hauler” and transform it into what would become “The Art Rod”. Bret understood he owned a very specially designed truck and wanted to take it to the next level. The build was completed in 2018. The mission was accomplished which is evident in the outstanding quality and prestigious awards it’s achieved. “The Art Rod” is extremely well designed and detailed throughout. There are 621 lightening holes throughout the entire truck as an example. The original 1942 Ford Cab was chopped 6- inches at the front and an inch less in the rear, and then channeled 6- inches. The original firewall was removed and replaced with a 1937 firewall. The lower cowl sections were modified. It sports a 1949 International grille shell which compliments the design perfectly. The bed was shortened and left open to display the custom craftsmanship. The body was re-worked for straight lines and tight gaps. The doors open and close very nicely. The sun visor, grille shell, headlights, engine air cleaners, cowl, cab, side covers, fuel tank and bed were painted in Golden Bronze Metallic which is a stunning color. The high quality paint has been detailed to a brilliant shine. All of the custom pin striping throughout was done by Mike Donner and Von Hot Rod. The exterior was outfitted with custom features such as a narrowed metal sun visor with brushed trim, chrome driver’s side mirror, new tinted glass, custom headlight buckets, side covers and tail lights. The tail lights started as Dodge rings and then were redesigned into art objects that are displayed on the bed. Hand formed brake lights are built into the bed. Details such as the license plate light are fantastic. The truck sit’s on 1936 Ford steel wheels that were painted in Jeep Rescue Green Metallic and Vegas Gold Metallic with chrome bullet lug nuts. The wheels are wrapped with new Firestone Deluxe Champion tires that are 4.50-16 on the front and 7.00-16 on the rear. The attention to detail carries into the hand built interior. The interior was first painted in Golden Bronze Metallic to match the exterior. The headliner, steering wheel, door panels, seats and transmission tunnel were upholstered in Charcoal. The aircraft inspired seats have adjustable backs and under seat storage. It was outfitted with custom features such as the rear view mirror, 1960 Chevrolet dash, Stewart Warner gauges, control box with switches, 3-spoke steering wheel, door top trim, door hardware, shifter, air vents, aluminum floors and pedals. The air ride controls are located in the glove box. It’s even equipped with a cell phone charger under the dash. The engine compartment is highly detailed throughout. The firewall was painted in a dark shade of white which highlights the entire bay. The Art Rod is powered by a rebuilt 1949 Ford 239in 8BA Flathead V8 engine. The engine was rebuilt during the first build by Todd Currier at the Hot Rod and Custom Supply in Shelbyville, Michigan. The engine block was painted Jeep Rescue Green Metallic that matches the wheels, master brake cylinder, driveshaft and rear shocks. The engine was dressed with Edelbrock heads, Fenton intake, Gearwork risers with 4-Ford 94 carburetors, custom air cleaners, Powermaster Powergen polished alternator, Mallory Uni-Lite distributor and coil. The engine starts and runs excellent. The radiator is cooled by an oversized electric fan that was placed in front. The engine breathes through custom headers that were heat wrapped and Harley Davidson baffles. The engine is coupled to a rebuilt Chevrolet C10 T-5 manual 5-speed transmission and new Speedway 10 ½ clutch that both work excellent. The power is transferred through a custom driveshaft to the Frankland Quick-Change rear end with floating axles. The undercarriage is also highly detailed throughout. It has a 2x4 inch rectangular tube on a 124- inch wheelbase; the frame is kicked up 14- inches in the rear and 4- inches at the front where it is tapered and pinched. Custom 28-inch ladder bars locate the rear axle, along with cantilevers connected auxiliary shocks. The heavy duty quarter Elliptic springs that appear to suspend the axle act as control arms, mounting to a cross member that supports the fuel tank and while it appears to be attached to the chassis rails, that cross member pivots, meaning that when the airbags are inflated at the forward end of the springs, the springs pivot about the cross member, pushing down on the axle at their rear end and so raising the truck, at the same time causing the fuel tank to rotate slightly. A Corvette sway bar and pan hard rod was added. The front suspension is equally as impressive, not least because it’s so hard to hide airbags on the front of a fenderless truck. The solution was to hang them from a cross member behind the radiator, their lower mounts attached to a bar extending between the split wishbones. Another pair of quarter Elliptic springs and tube shocks provides bounce and damping. An F1 steering box was converted to cowl operation with a one-off pitman arm. It’s equipped with 1939 Ford drum brakes with Buick finned aluminum covers on the front. The air compressor tank and compressor are nicely placed in the rear bed section. The air compressor system and new red Odyssey Extreme battery are both concealed in separate compartments in the rear bed section as well. Doing a restoration is hard enough when you have OEM and aftermarket parts. However, doing a restoration and making everything by hand is another story. So much more time goes into designing and fabricating as you go. There are countless hours and dollars invested in this one-of-a-kind street rod. The Art Rod is the ultimate piece of rolling art work that will be admired forever.

**PLEASE CALL MS CLASSIC CARS OWNER MARC SCHILIRO FOR A VERY ACCURATE VERBAL DESCRIPTION OF THIS VEHICLE**

***MS CLASSIC CARS only purchases number one and number two condition classic vehicles. We service and detail every vehicle unlike most classic vehicles that are currently being advertised for sale. MS CLASSIC CARS invested a total of $ 8,106.25 servicing and detailing this vehicle. This is documented with an invoice pictured below. We’re the only classic car dealership in the country that does this. Please understand every vehicle needs something. Some vehicles just need a lot more than others. At MS CLASSIC CARS we take eliminate the surprises. We’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. ***
















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