This Month's Featured Ride - July 2009

Tony Contarino's 1933 Ford Truck

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BACK YARD BUILT
OWNER AND BUILDER-----TONY CONTARlNO
THERE'S ALONG STORY THAT GOES WITH TIDS TRUCK, BUT I'LL SAVE YOU ALL tTE BOREDOM AND GET RIGHT TO THE NITTY GRITTY.
WHEN I WAS ABOUT 14 YRS OLDMY GRANDFATHER WOULD TAKE ME WITH HIM IN THE LITTLE 33 FORD TRUCK HE HAD SO THAT I COULD READ THE STREET SIGNS FOR HIM, AS HE COULD NOT READ OR WRITE. HE MADE HIS LIVING DEALING IN JUNK CARS AND SELLING USED PARTS. HE WAS A JUNK MAN. SO WHEN SOMEONE CALLED HlM TO COME AND PICK UP A JUNK CAR IN ANOTHER TOWN, I WOULD GO WITH HIM AND READ THE STREET SIGNS AND ADDRESS'S.
MY REWARD WAS THAT I GOT TO DRIVE THE LITTLE 4 BANGER PART OF THE WAY HOME. MOSTLY WHEN WE GOT BACK IN TOWN WHERE HE KNEW ALL THE COPS, THEIR WIVES, THEIR KIDS, THEIR PAPER BOY, ETC,ETC.
AND BOY DID I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS.
SO WHEN I FOUND OUT rms TRUCK WAS FOR SALE, I HAD TO GO LOOK AT IT. IT WAS A TOTAL BASKET CASE, STASHED HERE AND THERE AND IN THE RAFTERS OF A GARAGE. IT WAS IN PRETTY ROUGH SHAPE, BUT THE THING BROUGHT BACK THOUGHTS OF THE SOUNDS & SIGHTS ,THE SMELL OF BURNING OIL, THE SMOKE, AND THE FUN I HAD WITH THE LITTLE" PIG PEN" AS HE USED TO CALL IT. BECAUSE HE HAD WOODEN RACKS ON THE PICKUP BED SO HE COULD CARRY
MORE "STUFF" (Junk yard parts)
IT TOOK A COUPLE OF TRIPS TO GET IT ALL HOME AND RE-STASHED SO FOR THE FIRST YEAR I RETIRED, I BUILT THE TRUCK YOU SEE HERE AS A TRIBUTE TO MY GRAND FATHER. WHO WAS MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD. I BUILT A WOODEN RACK BODY FOR IT SO IT WOULD LOOK LIKE IDS
LITTLE ''PIG PEN" IT NOW SITS ON A 34 FORD CHASSIS, A TUBULAR DROPPED AXEL, 4 BAR SETUP, A 9 INCH FORD REAR WITH TRIANGULATED BARS, AND A DRIVE SHAFT MOUNTED
E-BRAKE.
IT'S GOT A 350 CHEVY CRATE MOTOR, HOOKED TO A TCI 350 TRANS, A GRIFFIN RADIATOR, GM DISCS UP FRONT AND FORD DRUMS OUT BACK. A FLAMING RIVER TILT COLUMN ,A 38 STYLE BANJO WHEEL, A VEGA STEERING BOX, A VINTAGE
AIR AC & HEAT UNIT. AFTER TRYING TO DO THE BODY WORK, I GAVE THE CAB TO MY SON WHO IS A FABRICATOR FOR ROUSH RACING. HE CHOPPED IT 3" AND PAINTED IT. IT WAS
GOING TO BE HOT ROD BLACK WITH A RED CHASSIS. BUT HE INSISTED ON PAINTING IT, SO I GAVE lllM A CHOICE OF TWO COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM.
WELL, HE USED BOTH OF THEM. AT FIRST I SAID, OH NO !BUT ITS NOT BAD.
BUT DID YOU EVER TRY AND BUILD A CAR THAT WAS PAINTED FIRST?
THAT WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF ALL.
DAVE CAPP CUT AND INSTALLED THE GLASS. AND J&J INTERIORS SEWED UP THE COPPER COLORED IMITATION LEATHER PLEATS AND RUGS.
IT IS BY NO MEANS PERFECT ... BUT. IT'S A TRUE BACK YARD BUILT HOT ROD.
WHAT A WAY TO SPEND YOUR FIRST YEAR OF RETIREMENT.

 



 

 

 


 
 
 

 
           
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