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1932 Ford Roadster Pickup - Not What You Expect

This '32 Is A Truck, Not A Coupe

Harley Camilleri
Jun 1, 2006
Photographers: Harley Camilleri
Photo 2/2   |   Blondell-style magnesium wheels are about as easy to find as Jimmy Hoffa, but Brizio hubbed up a set in 16-inch front and 18-inch rear.
Rarely do we find older street-rod-inspired trucks to cover in our pages. As much as we hunt at classic and rod shows, the overwhelming majority of really old vehicles are cars, not trucks. At just the point that it seems hope is flushed down the drain, a ray of light peers from the dark gray lining of our distress and shines upon something we just don't see every day. That something in this case happens to be a '32 Ford roadster pickup owned by George Poteet and built by world famous Roy Brizio Street Rods hiding in South San Francisco, California.
Beginning with absolutely nothing, the gang of merry men at Brizio's laid up a two-inch stretched frame from scratch. With fully boxed square tubing locked in the jig, Pete and Jake's stainless hairpins, front and rear, were mounted up with Pete and Jake's shocks. Buggy-style leaf springs from Durant provide height, while Wilwood drilled and slotted disc brakes at all four corners do the stopping dance under the scrutiny of stainless brake lines. Blondell-style magnesium wheels from Kittyhawk Racing are found on each rolling point. Sixteen-inch front and 18x6-inch rear wheels are tucked neatly into Dunlop early racing tires, 5.50 for steering and 7.00 for traction. A stainless, 10-gallon hand-made fuel tank hides under the truck bed for short jaunts between fill-ups.
The hood hinges sideways towards the passenger side to reveal a Roush-built 402ci V-8 detailed with a decent amount of chrome and polish. Not for the faint of heart, this little rod motor struts its stuff to the tune of 515 dyno-proven horsepower. MSD and Taylor ignition components rally together to keep the fires lit internally. A Hurst shifted 5-speed Tremec manual trans thrusts the churning numbers rearward towards the 31-spline, Ford 9-inch rearend cogged with 3.70 gears. Patriot headers coated with Cromex by RS Performance move used fumes through a custom-made stainless exhaust done in-house at Brizio. This Blue Oval small-block is not to be messed with.
For sheet metal, Brizio turned to Brookville for one of their all-steel roadster pickup bodies. Creating the cleaner-than-clean body lines are a chopped roof line and shortened bedbox. The grille shell is a reproduction '32 car model unit, and the lights are Arrows front pieces with original '37 Ford-types out back. Creating the tilting aluminum hood was none other than Jack Haggemann, who also is responsible for the louvered, removable side panels. Coating the body of this hauler is a mile-deep black hue from Dupont. Camilleri's (no relation to the editor) Auto Works in Sacramento, California, did the bodywork and paint before Rory utilized his talents at striping to accent and offset the glass-straight finish.
The roof is removable (as most roadsters' are), and without it a clear view of the confined interior is revealed. Tucked away in Santa Clara, California, is Sid Chavers, who did the handywork on the interior. Distressed leather lies over the seats and door panels with contrasting wool carpet custom made for this truck-rod. For being a small space, the truck's inner confines sure are big on styling. The Budnik steering-wheel-topped steering column is from Lime Works in Whittier, California, while the gauges are Classic, and the manual shifter is a Hurst piece. Air conditioning is a matter of removing the top or flipping up the multi-position cowl scoop, and you'll find the adjustable windshield to be of service as well.
This truck is a higher class of vehicle that, with its current components, fits smack in its defined space. George Poteet is a particular vehicle owner and the workers at Roy Brizio Street Rods had the prescription to fill his needs. With the top off and the hammer pinned in fifth gear, we could be in heaven for sure. If you would like to check out the build photos, go to and see for yourself the talent necessary to create such a truck. When you're done drooling over the supplied pics, be sure to scan the finished product here on our pages for a real understanding of the arts.
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