6.0L Vortec V8
One of the things we like most about the recent rat rod phenomenon is that you never know what to expect. At a glance, this 1946 Ford pickup looks like an old antique barn find, complete with pre-war styling and the requisite patina exterior, but you\'d only be reading the book by its cover. But look under the hood or at the chassis and you\'ll find beautiful workmanship and modern components, featuring a 6.0L Vortec LS V8, a 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission, and a sporty suspension that were all designed to make this a first-rate cruiser that dances to a different tune.
The look is familiar to anyone that\'s driven through the American countryside, yet when you set the stance to give the truck a slight rake, it takes on an entirely new personality. Finished in what we can only call Patina Green, it\'s rusty in an incredibly cool, consistent way and the clamshell hood, round fenders, and running boards are staples of the Ford\'s pre-war design. That\'s right, this is still technically a pre-war truck since Ford used the 1941 design after the war until 1948, with only minor changes to the grills and trim on some models. The result is an old-school truck that demands attention but doesn\'t shout about it, and we love that what\'s left of the front grille and hood trim was retained when this rat rod was built. Looking past the primer paint job, you\'ll find all-original Henry Ford steel, and yes, it has dents, dings, and rusty spots, but it\'s still a very solid truck that\'s ready for the rigors of the road. Doors fit well, the hood sits surprisingly flush, and even the front and rear bumpers survived decades of use and open-air preservation to make their way into the new millennium. Out back, the bed floor is made of wood panels, but the bed sides and tailgate remain in solid condition, and the fuel cell and battery were mounted back there to allot more space for the new motor up front. It\'s a killer look, and we can all but guarantee that this truck will be all that\'s talked about at the car show.
Climb behind the wheel and you\'ll see things feel totally different, starting with a pair of sculpted low-back bucket seats wrapped in beautiful two-tone Saddle and Tan upholstery. They\'re all-day comfortable and even come equipped with lap belts, while the door panels, floor, headliner, and dash are all bare metal painted and treated to match the exterior. A gorgeous wood-rimmed Billet Specialties steering wheel sits atop a polished tilt column that anchors the interior and feel wonderful in the hands of the driver, while the very tall shifter that manages the automatic transmission is just a short reach away and is a staple of many rat rod builds. The original gauges were retained, although they\'re just for show, while a digital speedometer mounted on the dash minds the truck\'s speed and a few extra digital ports for gauges were installed for the next owner to install further auxiliary dials in the future. A Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit was installed under the dash and it powers an amplifier and 11 speakers scattered throughout the cab, so yeah, the stereo sounds awesome. LED interior lights brighten things up inside, and the stock gas tank was removed from behind the seats and replaced with a fuel cell in the bed for safety. Nice, right?
The big news under the hood is definitely big: a 6.0L Vortec LS V8 with a rebuilt top end that was swapped in from a 2006 GM vehicle. With big block torque, it makes this Ford plenty quick, yet very streetable, reliable, and easy to service. Modern fuel-injected power means this lightweight truck can get and go with immediate responsiveness, breathing easy through a cone air filter and staying nice and cool thanks to the giant aluminum radiator and electric fan up front. The intake cover and valve covers were painted bright orange and \'Jabo\' scripted on top (possibly as an homage to the similarly nicknamed German fighter-bombers), and it fits the truck\'s personality per
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