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Buckland's Parts Chaser
All-steel body and fenders have been painted in British Leyland Mexico Brown. Neat lettering is by Dean Box
Adrian Smith of Buckland Automotive Engineering is now racking up the miles in his one-off, recently completed 30/31 Ford Model A pick-up, which has been built very much as the company’s parts go getter. When we last visited Adrian’s premises a few months ago, the truck was minus its drivetrain components, but as you can see now, there’s a healthy 350 cube Chevy motor backed up by a Turbo 350 transmission nestling between the rails of that modified chassis.
There are some subtle differences to the body of this truck that are not too obvious on first sight, like the hand-formed steel body which has been extended six inches to provide much better legroom than a stocker. There’s a four-inch longer wheelbase and a shorter hand-formed steel pick-up bed in place too. Put them all together and Adrian and metal worker Drew Ford have created a very nicely proportioned hot rod that looks as if it was meant to be that way from the start.
Chevy small block V8 and matching auto transmission in place
“It’s been built as a work horse and is already proving its worth in picking up parts for the various on-going projects taking shape within our premises,” says Adrian. “I’m looking forward to building up a nice patina on that bodyshell.”
The rest of the truck comprises tried and tested rodder components, no doubt to aid reliability and also because Adrian knows they will work. There’s a Vega steering box, 40s Ford steel wheels and brakes and a bench seat. We know Adrian is also working on a cloth hood for all-weather motoring too.
Extended cab means there is now somewhere to put your feet!
Here you can see the beam axle, chromed shocks, vintage-style tyres and subtle bonnet scoop
At the front, the '32 grille combines with a four piece hood equipped with a custom aluminium scoop, while at the other end is fitted an easy to remove tow bar system for hauling larger items.
The project has slowly evolved over a couple of years and during this time has given Adrian time to mull over exactly how he wanted the truck to look and how it would be used. The result is a highly practical workhorse that has been used every day since it was MoT'd ten days ago, and which Adrian says he will drive come rain or shine. No doubt this no frills pick-up will provide many hours of service for the Buckland duo in the years to come.
Story: Andy Kirk
Photos: Adrian Smith & Andy Kirk
In progress within Buckland's shop