Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Vintage trucks are red hot, and with all the Chevys and Fords running around, what's a Mopar fan to do? Well, you could grab this great-looking 1946 Dodge Ton Streetrod pickup that's packed with loads of old-fashioned charm and features thoroughly updated hardware underneath. And in case you were wondering, "Yeah, it's got a HEMI". You won't see many like this running around and you could probably drive it cross-country without a second thought, thanks to an overdrive transmission, great power options, and an all-day comfortable custom A/C interior. Then again, it was also treated to a show-quality frame-off restoration that's not even close to being broken in with a mere 8 miles on the clock, so you might want to fill your trophy case before you get this hauler dirty.
Basic Black is the perfect choice for a traditional Pre-War designed pickup (it's technically a post-war truck, but because of WW2 the 1941 and 1946 production years are essentially identical across all the major US car manufacturers), and it's a roaring success on this gorgeous Dodge. The curving shape is familiar, simply because almost everyone loves pickups of the '40s, and with the headlamps perched high on the tops of the front fenders, the Dodge has a unique look that'll stand out in a crowd. It's got a few other pre-war details like the steel running boards and pontoon fenders, all of which make this truck a slam-dunk in the curb appeal department. It's also beautifully finished to show-quality standards, with very recent paint that will stand up to the most discriminating scrutiny, and the sheetmetal underneath is absolutely laser straight. There's no funky metallic flake or questionable graphics, and if not for the modern rubber on the ground, it could almost pass for a stocker. We love the side-cowl lights, the stylized ram's horn hood ornament (you think "Ram Tough" is a new invention?), the gorgeous trim adorning the grille, and the bright chrome bumpers that provide brilliantly shiny contrast against the dark paint. A solid steel bed cover was painted to match and fits snug over the original bed (which can be finished with wood panels inside), and the original tailgate was finished off with bright chains and a super-cool 'V-Eight' badge.
Simple is good inside, where you get a beautifully sculpted black vinyl bench seat, plain black door panels with brand new vinyl inserts, and a paint-matched dashboard all of which take you back to the good old days with the hindsight of brand-new components. Updates are abound, including a tilt steering column topped by the coolest steering wheel we've ever seen (borrowed from the Starship Enterprise maybe?), an aftermarket A/C system under the dash, and a full array of slick-looking AutoMeter gauges set inside a billet housings. Clever additions include power windows controlled by the original style roll-up handles in the doors, a heating element incorporated into the bench seat, a digital gear shift indicator in the floor, and a purposely upturned Kenwood AM/FM/CD/AUX/Bluetooth that was neatly mounted in the cut-out portion of the seat. The floors are painted metal, the headliner is wrapped in the same material found in the door panels, and a tall Lokar chrome shifter controls the 4-speed automatic transmission below. Loaded and clean as can be, this is an awesome cab to spend some time in.
Long hauls and immediate power come by considerably easier with the powerful 331 V8 HEMI motor under the hood. With three single barrel carburetors atop a polished air-gap intake, long-tube headers, and a show ready look under the hood, this truck runs and drives beautifully. Chrome and polished dress-up pieces make the block sparkle and the insanely clean and beautifully finished under-hood look is a testament to this truck's top-flight build. Dig the shiny air cleaners that inhale through the hood's side vents, the finished firewall, big aluminum radiator and electric fan, and brand-new wiring/plumbing throughout, all of which make this Dodge a bonafide trophy hunter. The 4-speed automatic transmission means Power Tours are in this truck's future, and with a Jaguar front and rear end and fresh suspension components like new control arms, sway bars, and coilovers mean this ton drives like a dream. Power 4-wheel disc brakes and power rack-and-pinion steering mean this truck is easy to drive, and the soundtrack from the stainless Magnaflow dual exhaust system is downright erotic. The stance is just right, not too low to be a pain to drive and still with a traditional look, and those Jaguar wire wheels with 215/70/15 blackwall radials certainly help.
With a frame-off, high-end restoration finished only 8 miles ago, this incredibly cool old Dodge delivers on all the promises that it's honest good looks promise. Call today!
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