Video: Wild Seven-Cylinder Radial 1939 Plymouth Truck
A Classic Custom Truck Like You’ve Never Seen
There’s “custom” and then there’s custom. Sure, you can raid the Summit Racing or JC Whitney catalogs and build yourself a “custom” truck. Then you can go totally off script like Gary Corns did with this 1939 Plymouth pickup truck. You’ve probably seen old classics with straight sixes, Cummins, Hemis, small-blocks, big-blocks, and sometimes even Wankel rotary engines. But this baby has a seven-cylinder, 757ci Jacobs radial aircraft engine. The truck uses an ingenious belt drive to send the power from the radial engine back to a TH400 automatic transmission.
The project started like so many others, with a collection of spare parts sitting around. You see, Gary Corns owns Colorado Auto and Parts, a 40-acre salvage yard in Englewood, Colorado. The shell of the 1939 Plymouth pickup had been sitting around for a while. Out of the blue, Gary decided to visit an aviation salvage yard and bring home a ’50s seaplane with the radial engine intact. The cutting, welding, and fabricating began. Not surprisingly, the truck is heavily aircraft-inspired, with copious amounts of riveting, leather aircraft seats, and dual chain-linked steering yokes.
The unusual truck has been featured by none other than The Enthusiast Network’s very own Hot Rod magazine, as well as one of the best-known car enthusiast celebrities, Jay Leno. You can discover more about the truck in the video and link below.
Source: Hot Rod, Jay Leno’s Garage