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Custom 1941 Ford Truck Earns Great 8 Honors First Time Out

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First Time at Autorama Brings Great 8 Honor

Everyone dreams of getting a custom classic car or truck into the Ridler Award Great 8 but few do it on the first attempt. That is what Gary and the team from One Off Rod & Custom in Middletown, DE did at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. Clearly, this is no beginner’s luck. The customized classic 1941 Ford F1 Truck is the product of hard work and creative design. We speak with the proud builder about this amazing truck’s path to success. What do you think of their build? Leave us a comment.

A Custom Transformation Takes Shape

Owner Ed Sears originally wants a daily driver but, as with most custom builds, plans change. Once the ideas start flowing, Ed and Gary realize the truck is destined for bigger things. They chop the top, lengthen the cab, stretch the doors and shorten the bed. The classic pickup gets a fully independent rear suspension and a Ford flathead engine under the hood. Gary decides to do the wiring old school with fuses and braided wire, all stashed beneath the seats. Their ideas begin to take shape.

Setting the Gold Standard

They paint the truck in a rich golden color called Brown Sugar. The team produces the subtle two-toned look by using a darker shade on the fenders and running board and a lighter tint on the body. The paint job is masterfully done. This classic pickup is christened The Gold Standard and it is easy to see why.

A Proud Builder with a Bright Future

Being one of the Great 8 finalists is a monumental achievement for someone just getting started in customizing. While Gary appreciates the honor, achieving his client’s goal was the best reward. “The most satisfying thing was seeing Mr. Sear’s face when he got the Great 8” Gary says. “It made me very proud of the work our team did”. Something tells us that Gary and his crew have a bright future ahead of them. We look forward to their next custom ride.

Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C-10

Once a truck fan, always a truck fan. At Classic Auto Insurance, we love all kinds of trucks and we are devoting the entire year to restoring a 1965 Chevy C-10. Stay tuned for video updates on Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It’ll be a classic! We also know accidents will happen so leave nothing to chance. Even before you finish your masterpiece, protect it during its restoration. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
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