The cab's lid was lowered 4-1/2inches, the door corners were radiused and stretched 7 inch
The rare '37 Terraplane sheetmetal was found in pretty good condition. To achieve a hammered profile, Dan and his buddy Dale Taylor dropped the lid 4-1/2 inches and laid the A-pillars back 8-degrees. Then, the doors and jambs were stretched 7 inches, radiused, and then reversed to operate in a suicide configuration. Next, the external door hinges were removed and the internal hinges were then installed. After that, the rear of the cab was made to lean forward a total of 3 inches to accommodate the 7-inch stretch of the doors. The rear split window came from a '37 Terraplane coupe. Its curvature was taken out, then it was grafted into the rear of the cab. The rear window was set up with electric power giving it vertical movement. The cowl was swept back to flow with the windshield and the cowl vent was removed. Next, the factory four-piece hood was modified into two removable side panels. The top two-piece hood was welded together into a one-piece hood. A hole was cut into the top one-piece hood to accommodate the BDS supercharger bug catcher. Then, the original '37 Terraplane grille and shell were reconstructed into their current immaculate condition. The original front steel fenders were swept and radiused, which created a more aero appearance. Following that, slot turn indicators were sliced into the fenders. Dan custom-built the projector headlights, then grafted them into the front apron. Then, the hand-built running boards were given an hourglass shape to achieve a more sleek style. The bed was hand-built, welded, and then molded to the cab. The one-piece bed's tailgate was eliminated to carry out a more stylish and fast-forward overall appearance. The rear section sheetmetal of the bed was configured by using a '42 Ford hood nose, sides, and bottom corners with a pair of Ford truck cab corners. The center section was contrived from a '60s Chevy Corvair roof. The rear teardrop fenders were borrowed from a '37 Terraplane car; and they too were radiused, widened 3 inches, and boat-tailed 4 inches to extend out past the tailgate. Next, the custom slot taillight lenses were cut, then they were mounted flush into the fenders. With all of the many body mods completed, Dan spent endless hours block sanding until he achieved the shape he wanted. After spraying a couple of sandable coats of primer, then a final block-sanding session, it was prepped for paint. Dan has been painting all of his rods timeless colors and this build was no exception. Dan used multiple coats of Matrix '06 Toyota Red as the basecoats with color sanding between each one. Then, he laid out a set of wispy flames and ghosted them with a gold-and-cinnamon color. After the basecoat had time to dry and cure, Dan buried the surfaces in numerous coats of clear to achieve a slippery-when-wet look.
The incredible high-quality tan-leather interior was cut, stitched, and stretched by the talented hands of Gabe Lopez at Gabe's Upholstery in Bloomington, California. The stock steel dash was smoothed and painted the body color. It was filled with 10 Auto Meter silver faced gauges: oil pressure, pyrometer, boost, fuel, water temp, fuel pressure, voltage, air pressure, speedometer, and tachometer. The custom-built center console houses the B&M ratchet shifter, Gear Vendors Under/Overdrive switch. A central Air Ride Technologies control panel is located above the three switches for the electric side and back windows. The bottom row of covered toggle switches activate the electric fuel pump, cooling radiator fan, and rear license plate. The seats were borrowed from an '89 Toyota Celica, which were then modified, reshaped, and covered in high-quality tan leather with sectioned inserts. The custom-built door panels were embossed with flames, while the sectioned inserts and armrests match the seamless headliner. The sorrel carpet matches the rest of the Terraplane's dcor. Under the tan canvas-covered tonneau is a matching tan leather bed floor and side-panels. The music to Dan's ears is the rhythm of the Arias engine's loppy cam and open headers. He figures, who needs a sound system? It would only collect dust.
The first time Dan and Mary rolled in Timeless at the '06 Northwest Motorfest in Boise, Idaho, it won Best of Show. It continued its show-stopping abilities at Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada, and was also featured at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year it was shown at the prestigious "Blackies Show" in Fresno, California. Its next stop will be the Goodguys Del Mar Show and at the Havoc Truckin' Lake Havasu Show.
Dowdy's, '37 Terraplane is a perfect example of daring to be different.