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Smoking Hot Deal: 1932 Ford Pickup

This 1932 Ford Pickup could literally be described as a “smoking hot deal” as sadly this old truck caught fire. Despite being a burn victim, this truck is still quite solid, with a great deal of upgrades, and a running engine. With 4 wheel disc brakes, and a 375 horsepower engine, there are many more perks to this burnt steel bodied truck. Offered with a buy it now price of $13,250. Find it here on ebay out of Santa Teresea, New Mexico.

Despite having caught fire, the front of this truck saw no fire, just high heat, and smoke. Thankfully the engine, and many other components survived. The 355 cubic inch V8 still runs by pouring a little gas into the injection unit. The engine described as sounding good, maybe this truck wouldn’t be too harsh of a project with all of its upgrades, and desirable steel body.

Inside of this toasty charred body is a toasty charred interior. Despite going through a fire, some of the interior has survived. Sadly this interior is going to need to be refurbished yet again. It would appear that this Ford was put together nicely until meeting its untimely demise.

The fire appears to have been concentrated to the bed, and the cab. It is unclear what may have caused this truck to burn, but what is left can be put to good use. Overall the bed, cab, and doors look straight, although I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some minor waves in the sheet metal from the heat. Clearly having been painted black before with some red accents, perhaps the last owner wanted to get on the “patina” bandwagon? If the current patina doesn’t bother you, then all you may need is some wiring, a fresh battery, and some time to make this Ford a capable driver yet again. What would you do with this ’32 Ford?


  1. RandyS

    I’m guessing fuel pump short or high pressure fuel injection hose let go and sprayed on exhaust.

  2. Jeffro

    Patina has a $ amount?

  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    I don’t usually say much about the asking price on a vehicle except to say that it’s out of my budget. I’ve fixed a lot of stuff that’s been fire-damaged and one look at this one and all I can see is mega thousands of dollars. This one has already been written off so that means salvage/parts only. You’ll have to replace the frame or resort to some fancy maneuvering to get a new VIN. To get me interested that decimal point will have to move one space to the left. Other than that it’s salvage only….

  4. kevin w

    I’m guessing after the heat of the fire, then pouring water on this car to put out the fire, the body is wavy gravy.

  5. williamcleary

    The fire damage may have come from a building burning down around it?
    (garage fire)

  6. Dolphin Member

    “Hot rat rod project with cool fire patina!!”

    Now that’s something you don’t see every day: it’s hot AND cool at the same time. That surely means the fire probably didn’t do too much damage and probably just increased the patina on the truck. And amazingly, in a burned up truck the seller found a list of all the stuff that had been done to the truck under the seat! How the list survived the fire that burned the rear part of the cab is amazing.

    OK, to be serious, I agree with geomechs, having been written off, this truck will need a lot of the heat-damaged parts replaced including the frame. Looks like a parts truck to me.

  7. nutrunner

    Just give it a quick respray in some areas and export it to Europe. Most countries do not understand the term salvage title so it could just be registered and of course be restored to full glory again.

  8. John

    It’s toast!!


    i bought this fire sale and love the truck….replace the wiring and put a edelbrock carb and it started right away…..put a retro beer keg on the back as gas tank and my baby is running like a charm……….

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Thanks for the update!

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