1939 Plymouth Pickup by The Corns
The instant I gazed upon the Corns’ family project, I was mesmerized. Their radial-powered 1939 Plymouth Pickup is off-the-charts cool, and although the technical details are impressive, they seem to pale by comparison with the overall vibe and awesome looks. I just can’t figure out how did they come up with this stylish classic truck?
Well, stylish might seem a bit far fetched, but it’s definitely blending minimalist ideas with steampunk design. This aviation-inspired project was born in a wrecking yard, with the pockmarked, raw-steel body of the Plymouth and its unique engine bay getting everyone’s attention in an instant.
The old Plymouth pickup sat around for almost 30 years, before it received that huge 1950s seaplane engine – a 300-hp Jacobs radial engine. When that thing starts up, smoke billows around the Plymouth and then it’s gone – it’s that fast. The engine went through a complete overhaul and testing, and now benefits from a new single-barrel updraft carburetor, before being fitted onto the truck.
There’s more to the custom Plymouth, as the the truck body was completely stripped, the top was chopped, the rear was tubbed, and more than 1,000 hand-bucked solid rivets now cover the pickup’s panels. The original framework was replaced by a custom tube chassis; it had to be, the new engine is way heavier. Speaking of which, it was mated to a Turbo 400 automatic gearbox and narrowed Franklin quick-change rear-end; the connection were all custom-built in-shop, obviously.
Also worth mentioning are aircraft lights on the outside, as well as the wonderfully designed interior, including leather aircraft seats, various gauges,cartridge shells and “shotgun” starter in the hand-built console. This thing wasn’t built to be practical, that for sure; but, isn’t this the coolest truck ever?