40 Shades of Great: Grey 1940 Ford Pickup Makes Us Sweat

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SEMA Show truck aims to pick up a Shine Award at Vegas event, but we think it’s already a winner. 

We are reporting live from SEMA, where only the wildest rides and hottest takes on automotive trends are welcome under the big tent in Vegas.

And it doesn’t get any wilder than this slammed-to-the-ground 1940 Ford truck owned by Chris and Angela Church, all three of whom are collectively known as 40_Shades_of_grey_ on Instagram.

What started out as a swap-meet truck found in 2016 has since been transformed into a “European inspired, huge horsepower, detailed show truck.” We think they’ve certainly succeeded with this pre-war Ford thus far.

Under the pale gray hood of this Ford arises a Whipplecharged 376 cu-in V8 from Wegner Motorsports. Total output of this monster motor comes to 935 horses and 800 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to rip out a sequoia and toss it at the nearest Chevy dealership while obliterating any challengers on the quarter-mile.

You’ll definitely hear this monster Ford coming down the road long before you see it, thanks to the Borla exhaust rumbling underneath the curly maple wood bed. The bed also hides the twin intercooler setup near the cab, as well as the carbon fiber driveshaft delivering the madness from the V8 to the rear set of custom American Racing 20×12 wheels wrapped in Toyo R888 Rs.

This custom build is one of a few going for the Mothers Shine Award at this year’s SEMA, which recognizes “elect vehicles who stand above the rest in their given class.” We at Ford Truck Enthusiasts already think this absolutely bonkers 1940 Ford truck is a winner, though.

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