Vintage Hot Rod Racer! 1934 Ford Pickup

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This 1934 Ford Pickup was supposedly a 60s-era hot rodder! It has an awesome chopped top and features some cool parts from other vintage rides. It can be found here on Craigslist with an asking price of $5,500.  Located in Black Canyon, Arizona the ad states that it has a clean Arizona title, which is great. Hopefully, the truck has spent most of its life in Arizona and hasn’t been exposed to the moisture found in other parts of the country. Thanks to Ikey H. for the tip on this cool old truck!

The interior is pretty rough, but salvageable. Besides the obvious missing seat and floor, the rest of it looks decent. The steering wheel is a cool vintage Oldsmobile piece along with Olds gauges. It wouldn’t be too bad to make some patch panels to fix the floor as long as the whole thing doesn’t need to be replaced.

The engine also comes from an Oldsmobile and is a 303 cubic inch V8. I’m guessing the builder used a parts car they had handy and pulled the steering wheel, gauges, engine (and who knows what else) to use when building the Ford. The seller states the engine doesn’t run, but hopefully, it still has some life left in it. It would be cool to be able to run the “original” engine the truck was built with.

Based on that custom roll bar in the bed, the truck may have a racing history and was probably campaigned as “Moonlight Gambler.” If you have any information on this truck, please let us know. Hopefully, someone will be able to rescue this old truck, it deserves to run again. What do you think?

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  1. Gaspumpchas

    wow- would love to know the story behind this beauty. Olds power was the hot setup before the y block or SBC came along. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was early to mid 50’s build. Love the name. Hope somebody brings it back. 5500 seems a bit heavy, maybe you could get for less. Good luck to the new owner!!

    Cheers
    GPC

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  2. SSPBill

    Watched “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” just last night. There is a brief sceen after the heist where Eastwood and Bridges hitch a ride in the bed of an old 33-34 Ford pickup with 5×5 rims. Besides George Kennedy (love George!) that little pickup is the highlight of the movie for me.

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  3. Manuel Broyer

    The 303 ci motor is the first Oldsmobile Rocket from 1949, the gauge could be from the same car (1951-52), but not the steering wheel, a rare part from a 1942 model > https://www.conceptcarz.com/view/photo/2451981,26823/1942-oldsmobile-series-98_photo.aspx

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  4. Terry J

    Had an A coupe with a 303/hydro circa 1972. Very wide & heavy engine and the cast iron Hydro is as heavy as a modern engine all by itself. Finally did a 327/400 but today there’s a local C/L ad for a running 394/hyrdo for a couple hundred bucks. Hmmmm… That’s what rodders did in the day. 324/371/394 bolt in swaps/ horsepower. :-) Terry J

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  5. Ron

    Think he would trade for a 1998 Trans Am convertable

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  6. Karl

    I had a few beers in the bar in Black Canyon AZ, very cool town!

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  7. Terry J

    Forgot a story about the 303 I had in the A Coupe. 2 bbl manifold, no carb. Ordered one from JC Whitney. It came, I opened it up and WTHeck? It was a big back draft carb. Pretty cool actually. That’s the stock carb on the ’34 pictured. :-) Terry J

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  8. jnyarddog

    The truck is being BUILT ! The 303 unfortunately was to far gone to salvage.
    Will have a tri power SBC In it with the stock 3 gear and drive line. The A bed came off and a bobbed 33-4 bed being used just shortened enough for a proper look. Tryin to get done for Woodward cruise in August 2020 Lots of work very little time. when can only work a little on weekends…
    Kind of cool to find it here on the interweb, I was the one that found the truck and decided to build when only tire kickers called. This had to be saved !

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