Supercharged 1940 Ford Pickup Truck Build

40 Shades of Grey

1940 Ford Pickup Truck Build ~ 40 Shades of Grey

Carolina Kustoms of Portland, Oregon transforms this old 1940 Ford Pickup into a unique Supercharged show winning RestoMod, dubbed “40 Shades of Grey”…


  • Shop: Schroeder Speed & Custom
  • Frame: Boxed reproduction for the original with laser-cut pieces and braces
  • Rearend / Ratio: Moser fabricated 9-inch / 32-spline axles / Eaton Tru Trac limited-slip differential / 3.73:1 gears
  • Modifications: Notched rear
  • Front Suspension: No Limit Engineering Mustang II IFS / Slam Specialties SS6 airbags / Wilwood ProSpindles / Hotchkis antiroll bar / RideTech Q-series shocks
  • Rear Suspension: AVS heavy-duty four-link / Michigan Metal Works Watts link / Slam Specialties SS8 airbags / RideTech Q-series shocks /
  • Brakes: Wilwood 12.9-inch slotted and drilled discs with six-piston calipers / Wilwood aluminum tandem master cylinder / Wilwood forward swing brake pedal / Lokar performance products
    emergency brake handle
  • Steering: Rack-and-pinion / QA1 bumpsteer rods
  • Front Wheels: 19×8 American Racing Wheels VF498 with 5 inches of backspacing
  • Rear Wheels: 20×12 American Racing Wheels VF498 with 5.25 inches of backspacing
  • Front Tires: 245/30R19 Toyo Tires Proxes R88R
  • Rear Tires: 305/35R20 Toyo Tires Proxes R88R
  • Gas Tank: Custom 17-gallon aluminum by Carolina Kustoms / Aeromotive Phantom 1000 dual fuel pump
  • Accessories: ViAir compressors / AccuAir management system


  • Make: Chevrolet Performance LS3
  • Displacement: 376 ci
  • Machining / Assembly: Wegner Motorsports
  • Crankshaft: Forged 8-bolt
  • Rods: Forged 4340
  • Pistons: Wegner machined
  • Camshaft: Bullet SC 0.660 lift
  • Heads: Aluminum ported LS3/LSA
  • Valvesprings: Inconel exhaust / HD stainless intake
  • Rockers: Upgraded Trunnion kit
  • Valve Covers: Wegner Motorsports with hidden coils
  • Ignition: Holley Dominator engine management system
  • Headers: Custom Ultimate Headers
  • Accessory Drive: Wegner WAK-040
  • Exhaust / Mufflers: 3-inch stainless / Borla XR-1 mufflers / DEI titanium heat wrap
  • Manifold / Induction: Whipple 2.9L supercharger / Nick Williams DBW 103mm throttle body and 1.750 spacer / K&N filter
  • Cooling: C&R Racing radiator, heat exchanger, oil and transmission coolers / SPAL electric fans
  • Transmission: A-1 Performance Transmission–built 4L80E / Alto Red Eagle clutches / Billet torque converter
  • Shifter: Powertrain Control Solutions paddles and push-button
  • Driveshaft: QA1 carbon fiber


  • Style: Shortbed resourced from Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts / Mar-K wood floor and strips / Custom opening floor center
  • Modifications: Shaved drip rails, door handles, cowl, stake pockets, and bed bracing / Custom one-piece windshield from Sanders Reproduction Glass / 1952 F-1 big back window / EVOD
    Industries custom billet badges / Custom fuel filler in the tailgate
  • Fenders: Stock
  • Hood: Shaved center seam
  • Grille: Custom aluminum with honeycomb inserts built by Carolina Kustoms
  • Bodywork and Paint by: Mike Purcell and Chad Espinoza with Carolina Kustoms
  • Paint Type /Color: PPG Porsche Sport Classic Gray
  • Headlights / Taillights: 1939 Ford coupe buckets customized with carbon fiber and aluminum / Morimoto dual LED projectors / hand-fabricated LED halos by Church Built Customs / Throwback
    Designs sand-casted custom 1960 Pontiac
  • Outside Mirrors: Modified motorcycle mirrors
  • Bumpers: Hand-fabricated front bumpers / flattened, clipped, and coved rear


  • Dashboard: Custom fabricated by Church Built Customs
  • Gauges: Dakota Digital HDX-2060-S-Custom
  • Air Conditioning: Restomod Air with Diablo Mini Smooth helix vents and Stealth hex controller
  • Wiring Harness: Painless Performance Products
  • Stereo: Alpine Halo9 touch-screen head unit / Rockford Fosgate T1000X5AD five-channel 1,000-watt amp, Punch P3S subwoofer, and power 6.5-inch T5 speakers / Installation by Church Built Customs
  • Steering Wheel: Billet Specialties BC29409 D-shaped 14-inch Formula with leather
  • Steering Column: ididit 30-inch
  • Seating: TMI Products buckets / Crow Enterprises cam-lock four-point blackbird driver restraints / six-point rollbar
  • Upholstery by: Jim’s Custom Upholstery / Church Built Customs
  • Material / Color: Top grain “Burnt Orange” Coach leather
  • Door Panels: Custom with leather, PVC and carbon-fiber inserts
  • Carpet: Daytona weave in charcoal
  • Pedals: Lokar Performance Products
  • Insulation: Kilmat