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Owned by Leonard Johnson
Bolter # 17411
Mason City, Iowa
20 October 2008 Update
# 2288

From Leonard :

Hello, it's been a while! Here is an update on how my build is going.

Things are coming along finally after the Midwest floods this spring and all the repairs and money spent on that. Now I am getting around to working on the old truck again.

I sent some pics along so you can see the progress, the front end is completed ( all Mustang 2 ). The rear end and the four link is now installed ( TCI said no one had ever tried putting a 4 link in a 1937 pickup truck but I should let them know how I did it!! YEA RIGHT! I'll let you guys know how to do it if anyone needs some help along the way ). The fuel cell is also installed.

It is looking good so far. Check this out - and a close up.

I have lowered the truck just over one foot. The running boards are 10" off the ground [ pix ] .

The motor and tranny are sitting ready to go in. Then it is on to the body and all the modifications planned for it.

I would like to thank my friends and neighbors who gave me a hand rescuing her from the three feet of flood waters in my garage. A lot has happen this spring and summer but nothing will keep me from finishing her.


Man, Leonard -- you have come pretty far considering the weather problems out there. If the innards look this nice, it'll be great to see how things go with the body mods! Good luck and keep us posted. ~ Editor

03 April 2008
# 2288

From Leonard :

This is my 1937 1/2-ton Chevy [ pix ] . I have had it for about six months. It has a Mustang II front-end with a 2 inch drop, S-10 rear with a 4 link. It will soon be getting a 635 hp 406 small block and a B&M 350 turbo, left over from too many years of dirt track racing. When complete it will be eggplant purple with real flames.

The build is going well! It's taking a little longer than I'd like it to because of the 20 plus hours of overtime a week at work. I am also helping my friend (the big guy in the pics) build his '56 Chevy, but things are progressing.

The 'Stang front end is completely done and I'm getting ready to do the 4 link rear in the next week or two.

The new polished fuel cell is sitting in my living room (wife said it's real nice but it doesn't go with her décor). Getting that installed is high on her list.

I ordered the front boxing plates. The rear plates I will make and fit myself.

As I said the motor is a left over from 28 years of racing and with the four link rear and the right spring rates, I'll get her to hook up -- I hope!

I will send more pics as the build goes on. Many more mods to come on this one like a forward opening hood, ac, pw, ECT.

Can't wait till it's done!

Thanks so very much,



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