Betsy Rose’s 1935 Ford pickup from Boyerstown, Pennsylvania has been named Goodguys/Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year (Early) for 2009.
Built by Ted Munsell and the team at Trick Works in Telford, PA, Betsy’s immaculate blue pick up is a traditionally styled stunner that has been in her family since the 1960s. She wanted to keep the truck as stock appearing as possible yet refined and elegant. The Trick Works team did her and her father, the truck’s original owner proud.
After years of meticulous craftsmanship, the truck hit the road earlier this year. It features a reshaped grille shell, ’35 Ford passenger car front bumper with custom fillers, reworked drip rails and countless other oh-so subtle improvements. One of the things the trained eye will notice is the continuous 3/16” gaps and seams throughout the entire length of the truck – a sign of a masterfully built machine.
Under the hood is a 306 small block Ford with reworked Sanderson Headers to fit the GTP heads. Custom stainless fuel lines and wire tubes feed the motor and C4 transmission its essential fluids. The reworked body sits atop a TCI chassis equipped with Mustang II IFS and Ford 9-inch rear end. It rolls smoothly on Budnik Famoso wheels wrapped in Dunlop sport 5000 rubber.
The truck’s rich color is a unique PPG Harley Davidson “Luxury Blue” applied in house at Trick Works. The leather Interior was stitched by Extreme Auto interiors of Roslyn, PA.
The runner up finalists for this year’s Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year Early award included Steve & Janet Spann, Spanaway, WA (1948 Chevy Pick Up), Ricky Tedesco, White Plains, NY (1931 Ford Pick Up), Mark Sundell, Waynesville, MO, (1937 Chevy Pick Up), John J. Cambra, Manteca, CA (1931 Ford Roadster Pick Up) and Paula & Ken Robinson, Frisco, TX (1940 Chevy Pick Up)