Leonard Erdman, 56, a supervisor of auto physique outlets and of the service division at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, N.M., on his customized 1952 “Joker” Ford pickup, as advised to A.J. Baime.
I’ve lived in Albuquerque my complete life. We have now an enormous automobile tradition right here. Lowriders, customs, sizzling rods—you see the whole lot. You may see $100,000 present vehicles, however I don’t construct vehicles like that. I construct customized vehicles to drive.
My first one was a 1931 Ford roadster. I constructed a 1928 Ford Mannequin A, an old-school sizzling rod. Then in the future in 2016 a good friend confirmed me this rat rod—which is a beat-up sizzling rod of types—constructed out of a 1952 Ford pickup. It was in tough form. There was rust on each panel, the mattress had no flooring, the glass was in unhealthy form, the tailgate was welded shut, and the entrance wheels got here off of another random automobile. The doorways had holes in them large enough that you may stick your hand proper by.
I felt that the truck had good bones, nevertheless, so I purchased it in Could 2016 for $7,000. It was a bit of costly as a result of it was already chopped, that means the roof had been lowered, and it had air-bag suspension so it may decrease and lift itself.