These trucks can be transformed into amazing hot rods
Hot rods first appeared in Southern California, historically speaking, when people started racing with modified cars and trucks on the beds of the dry lakes of El Mirage and Muroc, in the 1920s. The movement had its fans, but it wasn’t until after WWII that things started to heat up and the hot rod started to be a part of the pop culture movement. Especially since many ex-combatants were now armed with technical know-how on anything that moved and could be taken apart and rebuilt.
Today, a hot rod is any classic American car that has been “blown up” as modified with bigger engines and rebuilt for speed and quick acceleration. While most hot rods are designed for racing, some are made just because of their freshness. And since a large portion of American cars are pickup trucks, a large portion of today’s classic Hot Rods are trucks.
So here are some cool trucks that can be tweaked into amazing hot rods, with reasons and examples for…
Ford Model A Truck Equals Amazing Hot Rod
The Ford Model A pickup truck got a little different in the 1930s, with a more rounded grille with horizontal slats, making it different from the passenger cars of the time. It came with a side step bed at the time and is an ideal truck to be modified into a hot rod.
Here is a fine example of a hot rod, with a deliberately retro body but with a more modern 4.4-liter flathead V8 engine from the 1950s. This incredible Ford model A hot rod Now makes 224 horsepower and a cool 300 lb-ft of torque, not bad for a geriatric motor placed in a nonagenarian body.
1930s International Harvester Truck Converted to Hemi Dually Hot Rod
When it comes to a hot rod, one of the most vital parts is the look, which accompanies the body of the truck being used. Here, the owner seems to have a soft spot for the International Harvester truck, turning a bit of a Frankenstein with the cab of a 1938 model but the grille of a 1946 model.
What makes it a spectacular sight the hot rod is the 6.4 liter Hemi V8 topped with a supercharger in it, with stacked smoke pipes, 550 horsepower and, of course, that unmistakable dual rear.
1930s Willys truck transformed into iconic hot rod
Is there anything else that says American pickup than a Willys Jeep pickup? A precursor to any Jeep, this 1936 Willys truck has been modified into an incredible iconoclastic hot rod in red, which only has a retro feel. Under the hood is a very modern heart, an all-aluminum 8.2-liter Arias V6 mill.
Manufactured by Missile Engineered Racing Components, the mill comes with a Hillborn intake with an EFI induction, making an amazing 800 horsepower. Obviously, the chassis, suspension and everything else about this truck has also been beefed up to handle this immense power of this truck. Willys Pickup Hot Rod.
1950s Chevrolet 3100 truck transformed into a superb hot rod
We would hate to participate in a race for fear of blurring that beautiful silver paint, but this is a hot rod, made by modifying an award-winning 1957 Chevrolet 3100, called the Quicksilver. It has been recognized as “one of the best custom truck builds of all time, winning the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Cup.”
With an 8.8 liter V8 that puts out 650 horsepower, it was built over 5 years, with a unique dashboard and Mercedes leather upholstered seats. No expense was spared on this one. But even if you have little money, Chevy 3100 truck can be modified into an amazing hot rod,
1940s Dodge truck transformed into super hot rod
A 1940 Dodge truck is another cool pickup that can be made into the best type of hot rod for you, depending on your budget and taste. Here is, in the meantime, Valérie. Built by the hot rodder Eddie “Hemi” Haines from Daytona Beach, Florida, it was lovingly painted in a rich brown color and featured in many hot media.
It packs a 5.4-liter V8 producing 700 supercharged horsepower, as well as a racing cam, three carburetors and a Magneto distributor. Valérie is ready to run, period.
1950s Ford F1 truck is a super-fast hot rod
No better truck can be made into incredible hot rods than America’s darling, the Ford F-series, and most importantly the now-extinct Ford F1 (later the F-100). Painted red it looks gorgeous and what’s even more amazing is the John Kaase built engine inside.
It’s a nearly 9.0-liter V8, additionally powered by a FAST fuel injection system, with a custom 3-inch exhaust that projects an incredible 878 horsepower. In addition, this Ford F1 hot rod comes with a six-speed automatic transmission which is as far removed from a classic as our solar system’s Pluto.
1950s GMC 100 Truck Is An Alluring Hot Rod
Much like a Chevrolet of the 1950s, the classic GMC of the day also had good looks and great reliability. Their sturdy bodies last a while, which is why they make a great hot-break-in project. It is one of those trucks which has been modified in an incredible GMC 100 hot rod but was completely disassembled to be turned into one.
It’s powered by a 5.8-liter Pontiac V8 and comes with plenty of aftermarket performance parts to give it a signature growl when you turn. Much of the hardware has been replaced and refreshed to handle the extra horsepower, along with a more robust suspension and brakes. A blue hot rod to chase away the blues.
1950s NAPCO Chevy truck rides high like a hot rod
This is a 1955 NAPCO style Chevy truck, and despite these perfectly retro looks, most of this truck is bought and redesigned. So technically it’s brand new, just with old looks. It’s the size of an appropriate Chevrolet and also wears the same massive windows as Task Force Chevy trucks.
With a rugged look, this Hot rod transformed into a Chevy truck Also comes with a 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque V8, running on a Borla exhaust system. The exhausts are like those of a Corvette C7 with deflectors for two different engine sounds closed or open.
1950s Ford F-100 truck transformed into sleeper hot rod
It looks like a perfect hot rod to sleep in, like a run down old classic after its expiration date, until you turn the ignition on and get the surprise of a lifetime. With a patina of rust and worn paint, this Hot rod F-100 Looks like it can’t beat a kid on a bike, but it packs a 7.0-liter Crate V8 under the hood.
Skillfully tuned by Ford Performance, the tie mill produces 450 horsepower and boasts Ford reliability. Paired with aftermarket performance parts, this truck could likely outperform a new Ford F-150, so make sure you know which beast you’re challenging.
The 1950s Studebaker Truck Is An Amazing Hot Rod
Studebaker, as an automaker, has managed to come up with some pretty innovative designs for its vehicles over the years, and yet, as classics, they don’t get the same love as other brands. Corn a hot rodder certainly liked the 1952 Studebaker truck and set about turning it into a work of art.
Powered by a 4.6-liter Ford Nodular engine taken from a 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII, with more parts sourced from Ford Explorer and even the Crown Vic, this Hot Rod looks good to go. And the flame paint job is another stunner from a hot rod studie, owned by another avid hot rodder.
Sources: autoevolution, FuelCurve, GMMedia, Mecum, Barrett-Jackson, MotorTrend, StreetMuscle
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