Newport Classic Cars

1941 Ford Truck "Charlie"

This 1941 Ford Pick Up was brought out of Storage in 2013 where it had been since 1962. Originally customized in 1948 by Charles Broder, owner of "Charlie's Auto Service" in Tucson, a shop that closed in the late 1980's. Charles Broder was an avid car collector before most current car collectors were even born. The truck is very solid with no rust in the body, which appears in good shape overall and the paint still shines nicely for a job that was done in 1965 with minimal natural patina accents. All of the era accessories were installed in the late 40's, they include bumper guards, driving light, locking gas cap, brake light turn signal on shifter, turn signal "arrow" light mounted under the tailgate, motor minder gauge, vacuum operated e-brake buzzer, lantern brake light, flame thrower exhaust, Bosch column mounted clock, rocket hood emblem and spotlight. The striping paint work was done by "Spencer" who we believe used to paint signs for Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Some minor restorations to make Charlie drivable and safe were done to the pickup before we purchased it in 2014, but absolutely no cosmetic restorations were performed. The mechanic restorations included, rebuilt brakes, rebuilt starter, fuel system, radiator rod out, new radiator hoses and the wiring harness with a reproduction cloth type from the cowl out was replaced because the original was too brittle and fell apart when handled. The 59A flathead V8 is clean with no oil residue buildup and the carburetor appears near perfect and is to be believed it was replaced before the truck went into storage in 1962.

To call this truck 'a blast from the past' would be an extreme understatement, Charlie is the past and he is right here in our garage. 

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