1932-34 Ford pickup reborn in new sheetmetal

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1932-34 Ford pickup reborn in new sheetmetal | ClassicCars.com Journal
Not New Old Stock but brand new sheetmetal built to 1932 Ford blueprints for pickup truck projects | Larry Edsall photos

Since 1984, United Pacific Industries has been producing parts and accessories for semis, the big tractor trucks that transport goods across the country, from ports and production plants to wherever they are needed.

But company founder Major Lin also is a hot rod enthusiast who five years ago put part of his company to work producing brand new 5-window sheet-metal bodywork identical to that carried by the famed 1932 Ford coupe.

The response from hot-rod shops was overwhelmingly positive, especially since original bodies had become so hard to find. Ford also was happy, officially licensing the body panels and displaying a completed car on its stand at the SEMA Show.

1932-34 Ford pickup reborn in new sheetmetal | ClassicCars.com Journal

While the United Pacific team was at it, it also produced some other hard-to-find Ford parts, including front and rear bumpers for 1940 and ’41 models.

“What’s next?” Lin wondered. Though Major Lin has retired, his sons — Jack and Paul — responded with another vintage Ford sheet-metal project, a 1932-34 Ford pickup truck produced in close cooperation with Ford Motor Co., which allowed its original blueprints to be used in the project, according to United Pacific marketing director Jai Baek.

The truck made its debut at the recent 2017 SEMA Show. It will be sold, starting in the spring of 2018, through various distributors with an anticipated retail price of around $15,000 for the body shell. For those restoring a vintage vehicle, all of the various panels and other parts will be available for purchase individually.

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1932-34 Ford pickup reborn in new sheetmetal | ClassicCars.com Journal

Oh, and like Major Lin, we also asked “what’s next?”

Turns out United Pacific is looking into the possibility of building vintage-looking but brand-new bodies for early Ford Broncos.

For more information on the ’32 Ford coupe and pickup, visit the United Pacific 1932 Ford website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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