Sacrilege is a pretty harsh word, let alone something you'd want to commit. But for some, if there isn't blue blood running beneath the sheetmetal skin of a Blue Oval, well, sacrilege might be one of the nicer remarks a true-blue Ford fanatic would utter in response to the act of carnage. For others, it's more likely considered a smart move! In the case of Smitty Smith's '37 Ford pickup, well, the so-called blue-blood butchery goes far beyond the sin of the mill transplant.

Beneath the hood of Smitty's gorgeous, black-as-night '37 Ford lies the "heart" of the blasphemy-a 383 Chevy stroker, complete with an Edelbrock dual-quad setup. Of course, the Mighty Mouse small-block is fittingly backed up by a GM 700-R4 tranny. But beyond that (or shall we say below and behind?), the Blue Oval has been "hybridded" with a split-make chassis: beneath and forward of the cab is '87 Dodge Dakota; aft is '67 Vette. Suffice it to say, the truck's foundation is a far cry from its outdated underpinnings previously taking up space when Smitty first encountered it hidden by a plastic tarp four years ago at a neighbor's house.

With the help of Bill, Jerry, and Joan Kruger (Kruger Kustom in Jefferson, Oregon), the chassis morphing, which Smitty considers one of the more difficult aspects of the build, not only came together quite nicely, but also provided a fine-tuned driver once all was said and done. Meanwhile, Speed-O-Motive, a bit closer to Smitty's home base in Southern California, performed the machine work on the V-8. Jason Hooker then handled the installation of practically a catalog's worth of Edelbrock speed parts-both inside and out, from valvetrain to induction, and eventually including exhaust. Did we mention Smitty's the head sales coordinator at Edelbrock? Well, he is! Back up in Oregon, Eddie Human (The Human Touch, also in Jefferson) managed the multitude of modifications to the cab and bed-some very subtle, others not-and proceeded to cover them in the appropriate shade of black. When chassis and sheetmetal were reunited, the truck didn't have to go far for its final touches, either. Actually, it didn't have to go anywhere, as the Kruger crew took care of the upholstery chores, too. Along with the aforementioned, Smitty also has to credit a few people because without their help this would never have come to be: his boss, Vic Edelbrock Jr., Bob Curtis, and of course, his wife, Joan.

While we wouldn't come close to calling Smitty's smorgasbord anything close to sacrilege (and it's not just due to our bipartisan stance), it's fair to say a number of you won't agree on some of the decisions that went into the build plan of the '37. And to that we say good for you-but so what?! It's not your truck now, is it? Didn't think so

Facts & Figures
Smitty Smith
Mar Vista, California
1937 Ford
CHASSIS
Frame: custom hybrid
Modifications: Dakota front half; Vette back half, Kruger Kustom, Jefferson, OR
Rearend / Ratio: ’67 Vette / 4.11 Posi
Rear suspension: ’67 Vette IRS, Edelbrock IAS shocks
Rear brakes: ’67 Vette disc
Front suspension: ’87 Dakota IFS, Edelbrock IAS shocks
Front brakes: ’87 Dakota disc
Steering box: ’87 Dakota rack-and-pinion
Front wheels: Paulsen steelies, 14x5.5
Rear wheels: Paulsen steelies, 15x8
Front tires: Dayton, 185/75R14
Rear tires: Dayton, 235/75R15
Gas tank: ’67 Nova
DRIVETRAIN
Engine: ’99 Chevy 383
Machining: Speed-O-Motive, West Covina, CA
Assembly: Jason Hooker, Torrance, CA
Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM, aluminum
Valve covers: Edelbrock Classic
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap / dual Thunder AVS 500 cfm
Ignition: MSD Billet 6AL
Headers: polished stainless
Exhaust / Mufflers: polished stainless / Edelbrock SDT
Pulley system: March Performance
Transmission: GM 700-R4
Modifications: C&O Automotive, Hawthorne, CA
Shifter: Lokar 23” Nostalgia
BODY
Style: Model 877 1/2-ton pickup
Modifications: Eddie Human, The Human Touch, Jefferson, OR
Fenders front / rear: stock, original
Hood: stock, original four-piece
Grille: stock, one-year-only pickup
Bed: stock, oak floor w/stainless strips (raised 4”)
Bodywork and paint by: Eddie Human
Paint type / Color: House of Kolor / black
Headlights / Taillights: ’37 Ford cabriolet / ’40 Chevy
Outside mirrors: stock
Bumpers: ’37 Ford passenger car, front; rolled pan, rear
INTERIOR
Dashboard: stock, filled
Gauges: Auto Meter Antique
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Kenwood by Kruger Kustom
Steering wheel: Lecarra
Steering column: ididit
Seat: narrowed '87 Ranger bench
Upholstery by: Kruger Kustom
Material / Color: leather and tweed / black and gray
Carpet: Mercedes wool by Fast Ed, Torrance, CA
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