For the second consecutive year, a 1930s Ford truck belonging to George Poteet has won the Goodguys/Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year – Early. Poteet’s timeless and traditional ’34 Ford pickup is quite a contrast from last year’s radical Indy-inspired ’32.
For this truck, Poteet turned to the talented staff at the Hot Rod Garage in Denton, Maryland. He said to them “Do whatever you want. Build it like it’s yours…BUT I want a driver!” And build it they did.
The end result is one of the finest traditional hot rod trucks you’ll see.
The Hot Rod Garage team began by stretching the stock cowl and running boards two inches and adding a 3-window coupe dash for extra hot rod appeal. They then modified a Cornhusker chassis and outfitted it with a Pete & Jake’s 4” axle, Super Bell goodies, So-Cal Speed Shop brakes and Pete & Jake’s ladder bars. Drilled Nerf bars were added as well. The late Jim Ewing would be proud of this one’s stance! Power comes from a 327 small black with Edelbrock induction mated to a T-5 transmission.
The paint is DuPont ’40 Ford Garnet Maroon with black fenders and running boards. Inside the cab is a hand built seat, black leather upholstery, powder coated metal interior panels and more hot rod finery.
Look for the ’34 pick’em up inside the “Champion’s Arena” at the Goodguys 14th Southwest Nationals, November 18-20 at Westworld in Scottsdale where it will join all other 2011 Terrific 12 cars. All cars will be displayed with their custom Snap-on toolboxes inside the arena.
Fellow Truck of the Year-Early award finalists included: Ron Malinowski, Boerne, TX (’31 Ford), Jerry Curry, Springfield, MO (’36 Ford), Jack White, Santa Rosa, AZ (’37 Dodge), Rick Melone, Laramie, WY (’49 Chevy)