Ed Sears’ ’41 Ford pickup has reached the gold standard of being named as the Goodguys 2017 Scott’s Hots Rods Truck of the Year Early. The honor was bestowed upon this bronze beauty Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Southwest Nationals during a special awards ceremony at this season-finale event.
Finished by One Off Rod & Custom, this incredible truck has a treasure trove of subtle mods and refined construction that give it truly rich character. The hood has been pie-cut and the cab is both stretched and chopped, with a ’34 Chevy sedan rear window. The shortened bed features a custom floor that raises up to show off the finely detailed custom chassis. All four fenders have slightly flared wheel openings. All this massaged sheet metal is covered in two-tone gold PPG paint, with plenty of pearl and metalflake mixed in to make it glisten.
The chassis consists of a custom frame with Kugel independent suspensions, a Winters quick-change center section, and WheelSmith artillery-style wheels wrapped in Coker wide whitewalls. Under the hood you’ll find a fully dressed Flathead with Navarro aluminum heads, a trio of Stromberg carbs, a ¾-race cam and custom stainless headers. It sends power through a T5 5-speed transmission.
A ’46 passenger car dash graces the front of the cabin, finished with a birdseye maple wood-grain and wearing Classic Instruments gauges, a Lime Works column and custom banjo-style wheel. The seat, door panels, custom one-piece headliner and floor are all wrapped in rich caramel-colored Italian leather.
A Great 8 finalist for the Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama, Sears’ sweet ’41 became a Truck of the Year Early finalist in Raleigh this year, coming all the way to Scottsdale from the East Coast to vie for the title it has deservedly earned.