The crowning touch includes fuel injection, an air-to-water intercooler, and an Eaton supercharger. To add just the right amount of dazzle underhood, Dave fabbed up some sleek engine covers, polished the throttle body and air intake, added Billet Specialties brackets, K&N air cleaner, and BBK Performance valve covers to complete the look. Spent gasses get dumped through a set of custom headers through Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers and 3-inch stainless pipes all treated to Jet-Hot coating. Linked to a warmed-over Ford AOD trans, power moves rearward through a custom driveshaft.

In order to add a bit of newfound elegance to the Ford’s original flowing body lines, the team at Classic Cars sliced a very mild 1½ inches from the roof, reducing the top heaviness from the cab while also widening the rear fenders, massaging the bed, fabricating a stylish rear roll pan, and adding a gas filler to the driver-side rear fender. Once the cutting and welding was completed, the body was stripped, prepped, and blocked to perfection making it mirror-straight. To make the truck standout in a crowd, a decadent coating of PPG American LaFrance Fire Engine Red was applied, treating the chassis to the same amounts of perfection as the body sheetmetal.

In the reassembly stage, the team called on Bob Drake Reproductions for a fresh chrome grille, bumper, and headlights to add plenty of sparkle with all other chrome parts getting dunked by Advanced Plating. A custom-fabbed steel electric tonneau covers an oak bed accented by polished stainless steel bedstrips. With all of the efforts focused on the exterior, drivetrain, and chassis, you had better not forget to design a bitchin business office.

To create surroundings comfortable enough for the long haul, a pair of black leather Recaro seats were secured in place accented by black leather sculpted door panels, custom floor and overhead consoles along with a complementing black leather headliner, and matching English wool carpeting. Gauges from Auto Meter mounted in a Bob Drake Reproductions smooth dash help monitor the vitals while a custom banjo-styled steering wheel carves out a path through an ididit polished tilt column with shifting handled through a Lokar stick. For the final touch, cool breezes are compliments of Vintage Air, while plenty of tunes fly from a Panasonic head unit through matching hidden speakers. All we can say is this is one ’40 Ford that delivers both speed and style with a perfect balance of proportion and grace. Hearing it accelerate up the road with its blown and injected mill wide open will bring a smile to any hot rodder’s face! CT

Dave & Sue Ciappa

Lockport, NY
1940 Ford Pickup

Frame: modified stock
Modifications: boxed, C’d, stepped
Rearend / Ratio: Currie 9-inch / 3.73:1
Brakes: 11-inch disc
Rear suspension: coilover
Front suspension: Heidts IFS
Steering: rack & pinion
Front wheels: 17x6 Dayton wires
Rear wheels: 20x8 Dayton wires,
Front tires: 215/55 ZR17 Falken
Rear tires: 255/45 ZR20 Falken
Gas tank: Tanks, stainless

Engine: 5.4L Ford SVT crate engine
Heads: aluminum
Valve covers: Ford Racing Performance
Manifold/Induction: aluminum/injected, supercharged
Ignition: Ford electronic
Headers: custom, Jet-Hot coated
Exhaust/Mufflers: custom/Flowmaster 40-Series
Transmission: AOD
Shifter: Lokar

Style: pickup
Modifications: 1½-inch chop, shaved
Fenders: stock
Hood: stock
Grille: Bob Drake, ’40 Ford
Bed: custom
Bodywork and paint by: Classic Cars, Dearfield, FL
Paint type/Color: PPG/American LaFrance Red
Headlights/Taillights: stock
Outside mirrors: Bob Drake
Bumpers: Bob Drake front, custom roll pan rear

Dashboard: modified stock, Bob Drake insert
Gauges: Auto Meter
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Panasonic
Steering wheel: custom-made banjo
Steering column: ididit
Seats: Honda buckets
Upholstery by: Classic Cars
Material/Color: leather/black
Carpet: black