Chevy in a Chevy

Ford in a Ford

‘41 Chevrolet Pickup Hauler

Wayne Haines, Lake Havasu City

Chevy pickups are timeless, with a major restyling starting in 1941 featuring all-new front sheet metal. The grille was redesigned with horizontal bars on the upper section and vertical bars on the lower. Headlights were mounted on the fenders. There were no changes in 1942 due to limited production during World War II, but from 1941 to 1945, trucks were still made for “high priority” civilian use with painted grilles, bumpers, hubcaps, and trim for a “blackout” look.

This hauler is powered by a carbureted 350 Chevy small block with an MSD performance multi-spark distributor, paired with a Chevy Turbo 350 transmission and an 8-inch Chevy differential with 3.73 gears. It’s fast off the line and kept cool by a Desert Runner Aluminum Radiator with an electric fan. The chassis features disk brakes up front, drum rears, and dual exhaust with turbo mufflers for a mellow sound during Hot Havasu Nights Cruis’n.

The interior has black bucket seats, red interior panels, Classic Instrument gauges, and a floor shifter with a Rat Fink knob. The well-detailed interior includes accents and badging, emphasizing it’s a Chevy through and through. Air conditioning ensures comfort during hot Havasu runs with the Pharaohs of Arizona-Lake Havasu Chapter.

The stance is slightly lowered in the front and just right in the rear on chrome military wheels with Bowtie hubcaps, acknowledging its military history. Brite work is well done with chrome bumpers, a perfect front grille, headlights, and turn signals on the fenders. The black rear tonneau fits perfectly, and the Burgundy Metallic paint shines brightly, making the Chevy Hauler visible from two blocks away.

1941 Chevy Pickup

  • Chevy T350 Automatic Transmission
  • Chevy 350 Small Block
  • Bucket seats-red interior accents
  • Burgundy deep metallic paint
  • Koolest Rat Fink Shift knob

‘31 Ford Highboy Roadster
(Grandpa’s ”A” Hot Rod)

Roy and Janene Britten, Lake Havasu City

Ford built over 4 million Model As from 1928 to 1931, with the roadster being the most popular and costing about $400 new. The Model A replaced the Model T and shared the same frame, 4-cylinder engine, and drivetrain across its models. Hot Rod culture has significantly transformed these cars, and this Hi Boy Roadster “A” Bone is no exception.

This hot rod features a V8 Flathead Ford engine, originally 239 c.i. and now bored to 276 c.i., with two Holley 94 carburetors on a Fenton intake manifold and lakester headers. It runs on 91 octane fuel due to its compression. The transmission is a 1952 Mercomatic with a floor shift, paired with a Ford third member with 3.92 gears. The 1932 modified frame houses the ‘31 body, with ‘40 Ford front brakes and ‘55 Ford rears, and an early ‘60s master cylinder without a booster.

The interior boasts a black vinyl bench seat, black door and interior panels, a white spoke steering wheel, and a resto glitter ball floor shifter. Stewart Warner gauges with a turned aluminum insert in a Model A dash complete the look.

The satin black Model A body is fenderless for a hot rod appearance, featuring a ‘32 Ford grille, headlights on towers, a straight axle, and front frame bar. Smoothies with US Royal whitewall tires, beauty rings, and Ford hubcaps add a timeless touch. The V8 logo and pinstriping accentuate its classic 1950s look.

Built in the ‘80s by Grandpa Jimmie, this hot rod uses a 1931 body on a 1932 chassis. The story of its journey begins in Reno, Nevada, in 2005, during Hot August Nights, when Janene and Roy acquired it from an auction. After a long road trip from Tacoma to Reno and back, they embarked on an adventure to restore and enjoy Grandpa’s beloved hot rod. The adventure continues!

1931 Ford Highboy Roadster “A” Bone

  • 276 CI Ford Flathead motor
  • Pair Holley 94’s on a Fenton Manifold
  • 1952 Mercomatic Transmission
  • Satin Black paint, era perfect color
  • Bored and stroked 239 CI Block
  • 1940 Ford front Brakes and 1955 Ford rear brakes