Panel delivery trucks were a stylish, economical way to get some work done without needing a full-sized truck, and that is true today, where cars like this 1935 Ford sedan delivery are turning into awesome rods. With reliable Chevy power, a stylish paint scheme, and a ready-to-cruise demeanor, it's a great alternative to the usual coupes and sedans you usually see.
It's amazing how well the teal and plum paint job works on the vintage Ford, keeping its identity while giving it a totally custom look. The '35 Fords were heavily facelifted following the successful '34s, and the new streamlined styling works especially well on the panel truck. This one keeps almost all its original styling details, including the upright grille and dual horns flanking it, and the overall look is 1930s style meets 21st century cool. The paint was done a few years ago and isn't perfect anymore, but it looks great cruising down the road or at the local cruise night, where most folks will probably not have seen such a car before. The doors fit well and the professionally-applied scallops on their faces have a beautiful 3D look that's pretty cool. A single large rear door gives access to the cargo bay within, and that unique rear bumper has to be practically unobtainium for panel deliveries. All the chrome and stainless trim is in good shape, adding a bright accent to the flashy paint, and even the original-style insert remains in the roof, proving that it hasn't been cut or modified.
The interior is cozy for two, with a wide bench seat from a late-model and all-new gray cloth upholstery. Matching door panels give it a unified look and the dash has been smoothed and painted to match the body, so there's a splash of color inside as well. The gray carpets are showing a bit of age, but that only means you won't worry too much about getting in and driving, and with effective A/C, you'll love road trips in this truck. It also includes a powerful stereo system with a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo in an overhead console feeding a custom audio system built into the side panels, including a pair of 10-inch subwoofers and two Infinity 6x9 speakers in the doors, so the sound is all around you. VDO gauges give the dash a clean, uncluttered look and that cargo bay will handle just about anything you can throw in there.
This Ford breaks no new ground in the powertrain, but this 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 makes it a smooth, fast, reliable cruiser, and that's entirely the point. Peeking down into the engine bay, you'll see a tidy package with an Edelbrock carburetor on top, some nicely turned-out finned valve covers, and tight packaging that allows it to fit without cutting the hood or the firewall. You'll note there's a power brake system, a big radiator, and a set of block-hugging shorty headers that help build power. The front suspension is a Mustang II setup with rack-and-pinion steering, so it's smooth and straight on the highway, and out back you get a nicely engineered coil spring setup that rides beautifully. Glasspack-style mufflers sound great, with a nice burble at speed, and the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission snaps through the gears with ease, making this truck as easy to drive as your regular driver. Flashy 17-inch Foose wheels add to the hot rod look and carry staggered 225/45/17 front and 235/55/17 rear performance radials for just a bit of rake.
This truck is probably done hauling cargo, but it remains one of the most handsome ways to show up at a car show. Call today!