Lexus-Powered 1937 Ford Hot Rod Pickup

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I’ve always viewed traditional Hot Rods as the ultimate custom cars. Their creators let their imagination off the leash, and typically, all that remains of the original car is its body. Such is the case with this 1937 Ford Series 77 Pickup. Its presentation is stunning, and no aspect of this classic has escaped the owner’s attention. It is the finer details that lift it beyond the ordinary. It features a V8 under the hood, but the owner’s choice provides a modern twist that helps to set this beauty apart. The time is right for the Pickup to find a new home, so the seller has listed it here on Barn Finds Classifieds in Montgomery, Texas. You could take it home by handing them $42,000.

There’s much to unpack with this Ford and much to appreciate about the owner’s approach to creating a genuinely unique classic. The all-steel body sits atop a TCI chassis, forming a sound foundation for the build. The panels are laser-straight, and the consistent gaps confirm that plenty of time and effort went into this high-quality build. The owner supplies a comprehensive set of photos proving that this Pickup is rust-free and that you could eat off its underside. The striking combination of Red and Black paint has a fantastic depth of color and shine, with no visible flaws or defects. It would undoubtedly turn heads, a trait emphasized by the 17″ and 18″ Foose wheels. The trim, including the 1937 Ford grille, is spotless, and the glass is crystal clear. One original feature retained during the build is the split windshield with its functioning twist opening mechanism. It provides flow-through ventilation, and is ideal for those preferring their air served up by Mother Nature. The bed features hand-finished Tigerwood with polished stainless steel strips and conceals a 15-gallon fuel tank.

The roots of the Hot Rod scene developed from a need to compromise, with creators building cars utilizing whatever parts were either cheap or free. Many early cars featured flathead V8s, although OHV engines came to the fore as they became affordable and readily available. This Ford’s engine bay houses a V8, but it isn’t one that would typically spring to mind as the ideal candidate. However, it provides a modern twist, producing a perfect combination of power and refinement. Lexus introduced the 1UZ-FE V8 to its model range in 1989. This 4.0-liter powerplant features all-aluminum construction, quad camshafts, thirty-two valves, and fuel injection. It produced 250hp and 260 ft/lbs of torque when powering a 1989 Lexus LS 400, although extracting additional ponies was never a problem courtesy of tweaking the ECU. The owner backed this V8 with a four-speed Toyota A341 automatic transmission and a GM 10-bolt 3.73 rear end, providing excellent performance. This motor has a traditional V8 rumble, thanks to the custom Borla stainless steel exhaust system. The story doesn’t end there because they upgraded the suspension to provide a complete mechanical package. The Mustang II was a much-maligned beast, but it possessed a front end and rack-and-pinion steering that was ideal for Hot Rodding. The seller chose those components for this build, adding QA1 coil-over shocks. The 10-bolt is located by a triangulated 4-link setup, also utilizing QA1 coil-overs. An aluminum radiator and a separate transmission cooler keep operating temperatures in check. The owner rebuilt the engine and transmission before slotting them into their new home, ensuring the vehicle is a turnkey proposition for its new owner.

This Pickup’s interior perfectly combines old-world charm with modern touches. The banjo-style wheel and retro-style AutoMeter gauges are a nod to its past, but the body-hugging bucket seats and custom leather trim bring the 21st Century to the interior. The Black leather features striking Red stitching, complimenting the exterior paint combination. The floors wear matching carpet, and the center console houses a wireless Bluetooth stereo that sends the tunes to four speakers via a 400-watt Scosche amplifier. The trim looks perfect, with no wear or other problems. The painted surfaces sparkle as impressively as the exterior, but the finer details help this interior to shine. The stitching on the door trims perfectly demonstrates this. It features a V8 design but cleverly integrates the Lexus logo as a nod to the engine’s roots. These finer details separate a good build from a great one.

Old-school Hot Rods are traditionally wild vehicles as owners focus heavily on performance. Many feature custom interiors, but few represent the complete package contained within this 1937 Ford Pickup. Its mechanical components should provide performance and refinement, while the interior includes modern touches that make any journey feel like a special occasion. The simple fact is that it would be impossible to recreate this vehicle for the owner’s price, so if a Rod has been on your radar, this could be the classic of your dreams.

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  1. 8banger 8bangerMember

    I’ll take the red AMX please.

    Like 5
  2. bobhess bobhessMember

    Not a whole lot to say about this breath taker. WOW!

    Like 11
  3. 370zpp 370zppMember

    Love it. Everything about it.
    And let the brand-specific engine swapping police commerce with their nonsense.

    Like 10
    • Aussie Dave Aussie DaveMember

      I’m hearing, you, but thank god it’s not an LS conversion.

      Like 9
      • Rich Blank

        But it literally is! LS400…

        Like 7
  4. Aussie Dave Aussie DaveMember

    Love it, want it.

    Like 5
  5. macvaugh

    I thought the ventilation on a ’37 would be from the vent that comes up on the cowl. Nothing to do with a split windshield.

    Like 1
    • HMS

      The vent and the windshield glass is fully operational for ventilation. The vehicle also has good air conditioning if you would prefer to use it.

      Like 0
  6. Connecticut mark

    Ugly rims ruin the nice work done!

    Like 11
    • Gasser300

      Artillery wheels. Mmmmmm

      Like 6
    • stephen w Hersey

      exactly what in your opinion would be the perfect wheels,just wondering

      Like 0
    • HMS

      Sorry, we did not pick the wheels!!! We inherited them with the truck. On another note you could give Chip Foose a call and tell him how you feel about his wheels because I am quite sure that he is very proud of his design.

      Like 0
      • Rw

        IMHO all of Foose designs suck.

        Like 0
  7. HoA HoAMember

    Geez, I just don’t know. Someone made a good point, it’s the builders choice, and a phenomenal job, no question. What we have today, that we didn’t have in the 50s-60s, when this truck was a “new” hot rod, is the wide choices today. Okay, a Lexus V8 is a bit out there,but for shock value, they win. For quite a few, no many, no a few, no several,,,no a couple,,,the 3 of us,,, we would prefer the flattie turning the screw, it worked just fine. Didn’t have the pizazz of a Lexus, but we didn’t care about such matters. What did matter, was a flathead V8, 3 deuces, a 3 speed and 2 speed Columbia rear, it was a hot rod, and by golly, it was good enough. Someone did an amazing job here.

    Like 7
    • geomechs geomechsMember

      Well, this is proof that we have every right to do with our machines exactly what we want. Would I have built something like this? No. But the builder of this car definitely had other ideas, and my hat is off to him. And the end result looks pretty good. He could even park it on my driveway.

      I watched the build of a Lexus powered Deuce Highboy on Rides about 20 years ago. I and others thought it would be a real challenge to use an engine that was originally set up to be installed sideways. The builders obviously agreed but the owner still called the shots.

      In this case the subsequent owner can install whatever he wants. Like I said, I wouldn’t have gone this direction; those who know me would have seen a 21-stud flathead with Stromberg 97 and 18mm plugs. Mechanical brakes do all the stopping I need and 6.50 x16 tires would carry it. The next owner would be free to do something like this. He could even turn it into an “Electrolux.”

      Like 4
      • Norman K Wrensch

        lexus LS400 is RWD

        Like 1
      • geomechs geomechsMember

        Okay. I wasn’t aware of that. Thanks for pointing that out…

        Like 0
  8. Rw

    If they would have tried a little harder maybe just maybe they could have found some wheels that suck worse..

    Like 6
    • Russ

      Yes I would go for different wheels and more rubber. Love everything else.

      Like 2
  9. Rusty Frames

    The owner has created the perfect white elephant. But the kid’s down at the tuner meet will think it’s wild.

    Like 2
  10. Elmo

    Wow. This is the very essence of hotrodding.

    I wonder what electronics he used to get this all working?

    Like 1
  11. John Fletcher

    No info about the truck bed. Wood?

    Like 0
    • HMS

      The wood panels are hand rubbed Tigerwood and the rails are polished stainless steel.

      Like 2
  12. Derek

    A pal of mine’s wee brother was – last I heard – transplanting an elderly Lexus into a Ford Thames van. I think it’s floorpan meets top half; think he was keeping the automatic rather than transplanting something like a Supra 5-spd into it.

    Like 1
  13. ACZ

    A nice car ruined.

    Like 2
  14. Joe Haska

    No surprises, all the standard responses. How ever it was refreshing to see many saying his truck, his way!

    Like 1

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