Classy 1940 Ford Truck is Restomod Done Right!

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The definition of a restomod is a vehicle that retains a “nearly” stock appearance but has been upgraded with modern conveniences such as drivetrain and chassis, among others.  For many, that also means fitting a modern set of wheels and tires, but that essentially stretches the definition of a restomod.

Thankfully, this 1940 Ford pickup doesn’t have a set of chrome 20+ inch wheels underneath it.  Instead, it has a tasteful set of 15″ Wheel Vintiques “Artillery” wheels, with period Coker wide white radial tires mounted on them.  It’s certainly a welcome departure from what we normally see on a restomod.

The rest of the truck is as clean and attractive as it gets.  The lighter blue paint job is flawless, and all the chrome is perfectly shiny.  The engine bay is equally clean and polished/powdercoated/painted to perfection.  A later model 5.0 liter V8 provides motivation, sending power through a C4 automatic transmission to an 8.8 inch rear with 3:08 gears.

A Mustang II style front end with rack and pinion steering gives this old truck a modern ride while power brakes slow things down a whole lot faster than before.  Vintage heat and A/C exponentially increase the comfort level.  Inside, you’re surrounded by custom leather and suede.

Built to be a great looking cruiser, this ’40 1/2 ton fits the bill perfectly.  It’s hard to imagine a truck that will get you more looks and thumbs up no matter where you go.  With a classy exterior and all the conveniences of a newer truck, it’s a perfect match for the definition of a restomod.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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