When asked about his peculiar pickup's true origin, Charlie Kocher simply replies, "They made three Oldsmobile trucks-experimental. They were ordered destroyed, but Harley Earl took this one apart and smuggled it out to give to E.L. Cord. It's been hidden for all these years."
Even recent victims of turnip truck incidents ought to know that Oldsmobile never produced a pickup in 1950, let alone one as cool as this, so there's no use trying to pull a hoax. And that was never really the main intent of owner/builder Charlie Kocher, either-he simply had a collection of Olds parts and a '49 Ford F-1-but he'll be the first to admit it's definitely a lot more fun telling stories than the truth!
One day, he figured why not combine everything and create a truck that, had Oldsmobile actually produced such a thing, would pass for such an effort. And by the response he got from the truck's debut at the recent Goodguys Hershey, it's clear he done good. While the F-1 trade "marks" like the rear fender and cab lines are still intact, that front end treatment is pure rocket science, if you know what we're talking about, and it's what most likely lures the unsure in for more. A friend had a '50 Olds that, coincidentally, had enough spare parts for Charlie to morph the front sheetmetal on his F-1, which also included '47 Ford passenger car fenders and a '51 Chevy bumper. He studied the actual car for reference, but it was all the metal handiwork of him and Dan Meyers that made the surgery a success. The bedbox, which you may have been wondering about, was scratchbuilt from steel, with the Ford fenders narrowed 2 inches to better flow width-wise. And the top, which took as much, if not more, labor-intensive work as the front end, came down 4 inches, with 2 1/2 coming out of the crown (he added the same amount to stretch the cab). Charlie says it took three cabs just to make the one. The floor would ultimately be raised 4 inches in order to channel the cab over the chassis, a mid-'80s Chevy donor.