1933 Ford Truck Blasts around the Autocross Course: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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Antique Ford hot rod truck performs like a modern sports car on the twisty track.

This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the importg37 YouTube channel and it features a 1933 Ford truck participating in the autocross portion of a Goodguys event. You might be thinking that a truck from 1933 from any manufacturer would be the furthest thing from an idea autocross machine, but this particular antique Ford has been heavily modified. The result is a low-riding, old school pickup that gets around the tight turns and down the short straights as well as any sports car.

The Machine

Sadly, there are no details on this antique Ford pickup, shy of the fact that it is driven by a guy named Bob Pelican. Based on the license plate, this hot rod truck began its life back in 1933, but there are likely few parts on this pickup that came from any Ford factory in the current form.

1933 Ford Truck Hot Rod

The windshield and grille are chopped down significantly and it looks like the doors might be a bit shorter than they were in stock form as well, but that might be an illusion. There is no question that the suspension setup is from the aftermarket, with a slammed stance and remarkable handling characteristics that would be impossible with stock bits.

Finally, as the truck races past the camera, the polished-up V8 under the hood appears to be a small block Chevy, and with Corvette-style wheels at all four corners, this antique Ford may have a spread of GM parts, but it is still an impressive old truck from the Motor Company’s early days.

1933 Ford Truck Hot Rod

Swerving through Cones

In the video above, this 1933 Ford truck is rocketing through an autocross course at a Goodguys event. The V8 power helps the old school pickup to blast down the short straightaways while the custom chassis and suspension setup allows the driver to hit the turns hard. There is a bit of drifting as the truck oversteers during the exit of some corners, but in the end, this is one of the best-handling antique Ford trucks that we have seen.

1933 Ford Truck Hot Rod

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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