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Kevin Simmons: 1937 Ford Pickup

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2010 on November 1, 2010
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Photographers: Sean P. HolmanKen Brubaker

Mud Rod
It isn't everyday you see a rat rod pickup featuring a 6-inch chop sitting on 46-inch tires, and we're pretty sure it takes one heck of a twisted individual to come up with something as totally rad as the '37 Ford pickup known as "Mud Rod." This truck defines the very essence of cool-and while we may not be able to tell you exactly what constitutes cool, we know it when we see it. And we see it here in one sinister TTC challenger. If only Dick Cepek made 20x12-inch steelies to fit some baby moons on it.

The Mud Rod shares its proportions with just about every 4x4 we ever doodled during math class. With huge tires, zero overhangs, and a ridiculously low roof height, it looks just about perfect to our eye. Only five feet of the factory frame remain in the center, the ends having been replaced with 1.75-inch-diameter, DOM 1.20-inch-wall tubing. Forty six-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claws mounted on Dick Cepek DC-1 wheels somehow look right. Maybe a restomod is in the Mud Rod's future?


  • Owner name/city: Kevin Simmons/Wakefield, NH
  • Occupation: Owner, KMS Welding and Off-Road Center
  • Vehicle model: 1937 Ford Pickup
  • Estimated value: $20,000
  • Engine/aspiration: 521ci Ford OHV V-8
  • Transmission: NP435
  • Transfer case: NP205
  • Suspension (f/r): 4-link,18-in F-O-A coilover/18-in Fox Air Shocks
  • Axles (f/r): Dana 60HP/Sterling 10.25
  • Axle ratio: 4.10:1
  • Wheels: 20x12-inch Dick Cepek DC-1
  • Tires: 46-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw

Kevin Simmons, Team #21

  • Most looking forward to: "Tank Trap. It's the most like what I'm used to."
  • Not looking forward to: "Frame Twister looks hard on parts."
  • Playing in his iPod/CD player: "What's an iPod? (NH ya know)."
  • Simmons says: "Just 'cause I look grumpy I'm not (all the time)."

We don't need no stinking race seats. And why would you when you have the bench from the third row of a destitute Dodge Caravan? Other interior touches include a tow-hook shifter and just enough gauges to know if the engine is running. Did we mention that the top has been chopped six inches and actually offers less trail visibility than a Hummer H3? Simmons doesn't seem to mind, and neither do we. The whole thing is just too cool.
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