An independent front suspension, including a rack and pinion power steering, was installed to allow for better handling. The superior stopping power is produced by front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The Chevy small-block 350ci V-8 engine produces 350 hp, and was machined and built by the crew at Everett Dodd Engines in Davenport, Iowa. Stock shot-peened connecting rods and TRW pistons were hung on the steel GM crankshaft. A loopy Crane camshaft gave the Chevy small-block an erratic heartbeat that is pure power and torque.
The factory cast iron heads were ported and polished to increase the fuel and air-flow rate. Next, the crew at FMS Exhaust installed the Sanderson headers, which flow into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. Leonard Transmission in Davenport, Iowa, was responsible for shifting gears, with a beefed-up GM TH350 automatic transmission. Denny's Driveshafts linked the TH350 trans to the Ford 8-inch rearend, which was stuffed with a set of 3.25 gears and a posi-unit.
All of Ron's custom cars and trucks have had a pair of miniature leather cowboy boots hang
After Ron took delivery of the '36 Ford roadster, it was driven over to his close friend, Richard Lindly, at RC Classics in Palm Desert. The '36 was racked on the hoist and its front and rear suspension were removed. RC installed a four-link and a Panhard-bar rear suspension. Up front, new upper and lower A-arms were installed. Both front and rear suspensions received the Air Ride Technologies latest Shockwave pneumatic 'bag system. Angies Auto Center mounted the new American Racing Torque Thrust M 105 series one-piece aluminum wheels, which measure 18x7 inches in the front and 20x10 inches out back. The five-spoke aluminum spools were wrapped in Dunlop Sport 9000 rubber, front 225/40R18 and rear 275/40R20 tires. The engine was torn down, inspected, and rebuilt at A&S Automotive in Palm Desert. All of Ron's rides have always had that unique whine of a Pete Jackson noisy gear drive, and the '36 was not an exception. Dan Conden from Indio Hills, did the gear-drive install. The addition of Zoops billet-aluminum valve covers and air cleaner contribute to sanitizing the engine compartment.
All of the exterior surfaces were stripped and then painted by the talented Stan Howton from Beaumont, using PPG Garnet Red. Stan also laid down some serious blue pinstripe treatments on the fenders, the hood, the tailgate, and the dash. The interior stitch work was done by Eddy and his crew at American Auto Upholstery in Corona. A TEA's bench seat with a retractable center armrest was re-covered with high-quality soft leather and tuck 'n' roll inserts. Finally, matching door panels completed the uniform interior. Mercedes-Benz tan wool carpet keeps the footsies comfy. The interior recreation was all done by Eddy at American Auto Upholstery in Corona. And of course, the soft-top and tonneau were both covered in the same maroon material.
Ron's stretched '36 Ford roadster pickup is just another one of his wild horsepower fuel burners added to his well-stocked stable.