A quarter of the finalists were pickup trucks, which is nothing new, Chuck Miller’s 1922 Ford C-Cab Fire Truck won in 1968 and the Alexander Brothers’ Top Banana, a roadster based on a 1923 Model T pickup won the following year. Drag boat and former Pro-modified racer Buddy Schulz had Hot Rod Joe’s satisfy his need for speed with this black 1972 Chevy pickup that has either 800 or 1,000 HP depending which website is reporting it. The pickup has a 468 cubic inch BBC with a custom 8-71 blower by G&G Performance. Also custom is the full tube frame by Hot Rod Joe’s, which did the body and paint as well. The front end is pretty trick as Joe Brown (the Joe in Hot Rod Joe’s) cut up and reassembled the entire front end, fenders, cowl, core support, grille and bumper into a single seamless piece. Black paint reveals even the smallest imperfections and Brown’s work is smoooooth. The brown and black leather interior was done by Steve Holcomb with a Western feel, a nice touch. There are only a couple of things that I don’t like about this truck. One is the red LED interior lighting, that I think looks tacky. The other is the name, The Reaper, as in Grim Reaper. I once asked Stanley Mouse, one of the original hot rod t-shirt airbrush artists if there is any design of his that in retrospect he regrets drawing and he said, “Yeah, I’d have done fewer skulls.”
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