Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge 1-1/2 Ton Pilot House Shop Truck

Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge 1-1/2 Ton Pilot House Shop Truck

Designed To Use ~ Rustic Nail & Co. Shop Truck ~ Holley Performance

This Dodge is a rare “pilot-house” five-window 1 ½ ton model — even rarer as it was optioned with a radio — Cochran believes that his truck is one of 829 made with this option package.

John Michael and Kate Potter sold the truck to Kyle for a paltry $22.00 — quite a fair price for what was originally a grain, always registered in Warren County, Kentucky. Only the cab and front clip remain from the original truck.

SelfMade Fab in Dayton, Ohio earned credit for putting the Dodge’s frame together, creating a custom chassis that would support an AccuAir air ride system with RideTech shocks.

A four-link rear-end built by Jason Thorbeck at Thor Bros. Kingspeed Race and Repair supported the running gear from a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 donor truck.

Modifications include:

  • Flaming River Steering System
  • Lokar Shifter
  • Restomod Air Air Conditioning System
  • 1953 International Front Bumper
  • Compartmented Bed, Finished Off with Ash Wood Trim
  • Clear-Coated Sheet Metal and Red Interior Paint By T&D Body Shop

The wheels started out as 24.5” Alcoa’s — and became Highly modified Alcoa’s — Charlie French moved the centers of the vent holes and re-milled the holes to cover both visual sections of the wheel. Tennessee Wheel and Tire shaved the rim diameter down to 24” to allow for the use of street tires.

This Dodge wasn’t built to be a show vehicle. It’s meant to work and has been outfitted appropriately.

Kyle Cochran from Rustic Nail & Co. gives us a tour of his custom 1948 Dodge 1-1/2 Ton Pilot House shop truck at the 15th Annual Holley NHRA Hot Rod Reunion…

ScottieD TV meets with Kyle at the Pigeon Forge Rod Run in Bowling Green, KY

More of Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck

Photos © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com

Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Front
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Front ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Exterior
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Exterior ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Bed
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Bed ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Exterior
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Exterior ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Engine Bay
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Engine Bay ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Engine Bay
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Engine Bay ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Interior
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Interior ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
Rustic Nail & Co.'s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Exterior Full with Trailer
Rustic Nail & Co.’s 1948 Dodge Shop Truck ~ Exterior Full with Trailer ~ © Bryan McTaggart ~ BangShift.com
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