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lonnie's 40 Shades Of Gray

1940 Ford Pickup

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  • Color: gray
  • Horsepower: 935
  • Drivetrain: RWD
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  • Vehicle Overview

    AKA 40Shadesof Gray Giving the brakes a reason to work hard is the Wegner Motorsportsbuilt 376ci LS3 engine with a Whipple 2.9 supercharger. Utilizing all forged internals and a Holley Terminator management system, this engine is a complete beast that puts out 935 hp and 800 torque. Delivering that power to the rear wheels is an A-1 Performance Transmissionbuilt 4L80E transmission with billet torque converter. Controlling the transmission is done with a combination of the push button and paddle shifters from Powertrain Control Solutions. Ensuring that this truck is something worthy of stopping crowds in their tracks, Chris looked again to the capable team at Carolina Kustoms in Portland, Oregon, to help bring his vision into reality. There the 1940 sheetmetal was worked straight and shaved of a few items, like the door handles and driprails. Up front, 1939 Ford coupe headlights were attached to the fenders and new bumper sections were formed from raw steel. The center hood seam was welded and the front grille was made from aluminum stock and honeycomb-shaped material. The cab was modified to fit a single-piece custom windshield and a big back window from a 1952 F-1 pickup. New bed pieces were resourced along with the Mar-K bed floor that was customized to open in the center. The rear was topped off with a race-inspired fuel filler and Throwback Designs custom taillights that were frenched in. Finishing the exterior is a paintjob that was inspired by a classic Porsche that Chris and Angela drove on an exotic vacation. Modernizing the interior is a host of red leather and carbon-fiber inserts. Jim's Custom Upholstery customized a set of TMI Products seats and covered them in leather with stitching to tie in the honeycomb design. For improved functions, an ididit steering column with Billet Specialties wheel was installed. The dash has been enhanced with a custom bezel that holds the Dakota Digital HDX gauges and Restomod Air A/C vents. For Chris, no interior is complete without a kickin' sound system and the one in this truck is no different. Being a bit of an audiophile, he equipped this truck with a Rockford Fosgate system controlled by an Alpine Halo9 touch-screen head unit. The combination of custom and modern parts on this 1940 Ford makes it a real stunner. This truck is not just a showpiece either as it has all the right goods to leave the rest in its dust. Lucky for Angela, her husband has many years of building experience that he was able to craft one wicked ride for her. Chassis Frame: Boxed reproduction for the original with laser-cut pieces and braces Rearend / Ratio: Moser fabricated 9-inch / 32-spline axles / Eaton Tru Trac limited-slip differential / 3.73:1 gears Modifications: Notched rear Front Suspension: No Limit Engineering Mustang II IFS / Slam Specialties SS6 airbags / Wilwood ProSpindles / Hotchkis antiroll bar / RideTech Q-series shocks Rear Suspension: AVS heavy-duty four-link / Michigan Metal Works Watts link / Slam Specialties SS8 airbags / RideTech Q-series shocks / Brakes: Wilwood 12.9-inch slotted and drilled discs with six-piston calipers / Wilwood aluminum tandem master cylinder / Wilwood forward swing brake pedal / Lokar performance products emergency brake handle Steering: Rack-and-pinion / QA1 bumpsteer rods Front Wheels: 19x8 American Racing Wheels VF498 with 5 inches of backspacing Rear Wheels: 20x12 American Racing Wheels VF498 with 5.25 inches of backspacing Front Tires: 245/30R19 Toyo Tires Proxes R88R Rear Tires: 305/35R20 Toyo Tires Proxes R88R Gas Tank: Custom 17-gallon aluminum by Carolina Kustoms / Aeromotive Phantom 1000 dual fuel pump Accessories: ViAir compressors / AccuAir management system Drivetrain Make: Chevrolet Performance LS3 Displacement: 376 ci Machining / Assembly: Wegner Motorsports Crankshaft: Forged 8-bolt Rods: Forged 4340 Pistons: Wegner machined Camshaft: Bullet SC 0.660 lift Heads: Aluminum ported LS3/LSA Valvesprings: Inconel exhaust / HD stainless intake Rockers: Upgraded Trunnion kit Valve Covers: Wegner Motorsports with hidden coils Ignition: Holley Dominator engine management system Headers: Custom Ultimate Headers Accessory Drive: Wegner WAK-040 Exhaust / Mufflers: 3-inch stainless / Borla XR-1 mufflers / DEI titanium heat wrap Transmission: A-1 Performance Transmissionbuilt 4L80E / Alto Red Eagle clutches / Billet torque converter Shifter: Powertrain Control Solutions paddles and push-button Driveshaft: QA1 carbon fiber BodyStyle: Shortbed resourced from Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts / Mar-K wood floor and strips / Custom opening floor center Modifications: Shaved driprails, door handles, cowl, stake pockets, and bed bracing / Custom one-piece windshield from Sanders Reproduction Glass / 1952 F-1 big back window / EVOD Industries custom billet badges / Custom fuel filler in tailgate Fenders: Stock Hood: Shaved of center seam Grille: Custom aluminum with honeycomb inserts built by Carolina Kustoms Bodywork and Paint by: Carolina Kustoms Paint Type /Color: PPG Porsche Sport Classic Gray Headlights / Taillights: 1939 Ford coupe buckets customized with carbon fiber and aluminum / Morimoto dual LED projectors / hand-fabricated LED halos by Church Built Customs / Throwback Designs sand-casted custom 1960 Pontiac Outside Mirrors: Modified motorcycle mirrors Bumpers: Hand-fabricated front bumpers / flattened, clipped, and coved rear Built by Carolina Kustoms InteriorDashboard: Custom fabricated by Church Built Customs Gauges: Dakota Digital HDX-2060-S-Custom Air Conditioning: Restomod Air with Diablo Mini Smooth helix vents and Stealth hex controller Wiring Harness: Painless Performance Products Stereo: Alpine Halo9 touch-screen head unit / Rockford Fosgate T1000X5AD five-channel 1,000-watt amp, Punch P3S subwoofer, and power 6.5-inch T5 speakers / Installation by Church Built Customs Steering Wheel: Billet Specialties BC29409 D-shaped 14-inch Formula with leather Steering Column: ididit 30-inch Seating: TMI Products buckets / Crow Enterprises cam-lock four-point blackbird driver restraints / six-point rollbar Upholstery by: Jim's Custom Upholstery / Church Built Customs Material / Color: Top grain "Burnt Orange" Coach leather Door Panels: Custom with leather, PVC and carbon-fiber inserts Carpet: Daytona weave in charcoal Pedals: Lokar Performance Products Insolation: Kilmat

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    • Shay

      Holy cow! No stone left unturned on this design. That color is amazing too!
    • Ry