After the massive success of the Model T, 15 million produced-success, Ford introduced the fully re-engineered replacement in late 1927, the Model A. The factory had to shut down for more than six months to retool for the new car, so by its introduction, demand was high, and showrooms were bombarded with prospective buyers. Touting 40 horsepower and a conventional 3-speed gearbox, an electric starter became a standard feature. Developments ran through the model run, with the inclusion of an open pickup truck from 1929.
The 1931 pickup offered here, subject to an extensive custom hot rod treatment, hails from a Southern California enthusiast with a small car collection. An avid hotrodder and tinkerer, professional engineer, Larry Lary, ran numerous machine and engineering shops in the Los Angeles area, specializing on precision engineering for the aeronautical and aerospace industry. Parts he made still orbit the planet. The project began when he bought the car in 1981, stripped it and over many years built it to where we are today. Exquisite black paint adorns the all-steel body, painted by Paco, a very well-known painter, who used to work for Chip Foos. The livery gives the car its black widow moniker. The bed of the truck is in the obligatory fine wood, with inlayed Black Widow spider artwork. The spiderweb theme runs through the stitching on the lowback leather seats and to a delightful “caged” spider gear knob. All custom parts were designed and built by Larry on his CNC machine, to very exacting spec.
The car rolls on a restored chassis, suspension installed with the substantial wheel and tire package.
The engine was purchased from an avid hotrodder and salt flat race, Jack La Mare, originally fitted to a ’37 Ford Coupé that held records at Bonneville and El Mirage at 150mph+. An old friend of Larry’s, Tom Roberts, an equally enthusiastic hotrodder and engineer helped Larry with the engine. The block is an iron flathead Ford item, with Arden-style heads, made by Larry on his own CNC machine from Arden drawings of Tom’s. Tom also laid out rocker geometry for Larry to manufacture. Likely about 288ci in capacity, the finished engine was handed to Jack Peloquin, who dyno’d the car and returned it ready to be installed. A photo of Jack below has a note on the reverse: “483bhp” and engine spec sheets can be seen below.
Here is a marvelous opportunity to acquire a desirable spec hotrod with all the heavy lifting complete, waiting for all the personal finishing touches to the design of the new owner.