How does a little pickup get the name Khaos? It’s simple, really. You blend classic styling, fire-breathing power, corner-carving suspension, big brakes and an aggressive wheel-and-tire package, that’s how!
Built by Tony Arme of Phoenix-based American Legends for owner Ed Scarla, the build started with an idea of building a hot rod that performs like a sports car. What they ended up with was a radical ’34 Ford pickup – so radical (and well done), it was chosen as a Goodguys 2017 Truck of the Year Early finalist in Del Mar.
To achieve the killer look on Ed’s pickup, just about every panel has been cut, rolled, welded, cut again and massaged. The Ford cab has been chopped 3.5-inches and channeled 3-inches and features myriad custom touches like a hand-built hood, aluminum windshield frame, ’32 grille, filled cowl and widened rear window. A custom Brookville bed complements the cab, with a wood floor that opens to reveal a storage compartment, plus a custom tailgate and ’50 Pontiac taillights. The truck is finished off in a custom red hue from Sherman Williams called Khaos Red – a color that’s as bold and sassy as its name.
South of the amazing Khaos Red panels is an equally radical chassis with a set of pinched ’32 rails courtesy of the Roadster Shop with fully adjustable Kugel independent front and rear suspensions. A Winters quick-change rearend, custom sway bars and shocks, rack-and-pinion steering and six-piston Wilwood brakes allow it to handle like a slot car. The truck rolls on Schott wheels – 17×8-inches up front with 245/40/17 Nitto rubber, and big 18×10-inch rears with fat 305/45/18 rubber.
Powering the lil’ pickup down the road is a 627-horsepower 454c.i. LSX with a custom Inglese injection, FAST fuel management system, polished PML coil covers, Vintage Air Front Runner serpentine system and a faux distributor that’s actually the oil fill cap. Select chrome and polished stainless pieces blend with the Cerakote Burnt Bronze block to finish off the open engine bay beautifully.
Inside, the compact cab features a suede-wrapped ’32 coupe dash with a So-Cal insert fitted with custom gauges from Speedhut. A black leather bench seat with suede and red diamond pleated inserts and matching door panels ties everything together, while a Squeeg’s Kustom steering wheel and Vintage Air round out the interior.
Ed Scarla’s radical Khaos pickup is a complete package, with stunning good looks and the horsepower and handling capability to back it up. It was a strong contender in the 2017 Truck of the Year Early competition – a red-hot rig that was tough to beat.
Photography by Mike Harrington