Ford Raptor, eat your heart out. An engineering wizard by the name of Duane Murphy packed this 1936 Ford pickup with 2,000 horsepower and 2,400 lbs-ft of torque, turning this thing from sought-after collector car to hill-climbing street rod!
A couple years back, Murphy and his “Evil Twins” twin-turbo 1936 Ford truck competed in the Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge, a good cause in Northern Michigan, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Michigan’s Disabled American Veterans. Murphy equipped the truck with a 620 ci big block Ford with two Garrett 88mm turbos, a 2-speed Powerglide transmission, a Ford 9-inch front and rear end, custom roll cage, and shocks with 14 inches of travel. Of course, it also has some impressive off-road mudding tires and locking differentials. But, enough about the specs. Check out this thing in action!
Murphy built the truck primarily in a small shop in his home state of Iowa. Before this event, he barely had any seat time, saying he “had two practice runs at home in a corn field and we loaded up and came to Michigan.” Well, judging from the video, it seems like that was just enough prep time to put on a dominating performance.
1936 Ford Pickup Trucks for Sale
When it came out more than 80 years ago, the 1936 Ford pickup shared most of the body style characteristics of the 1935 redesign, with a curvaceous grille, skirted fenders, and laid-back windshield. Due to the chrome grille, the 36 truck was categorized as a deluxe version.
Now, if you’re looking for a 1936 Ford pickup for sale, you can find new listings on most major cars-for-sale sites. This ’36 pickup listed on Autotrader, for example, is completely customized, with a Mustang front end, a Cadillac front-wheel drive motor, a hydraulic tilt bed, and a eye-popping red exterior color. As far as other listings go, there’s really nothing vintage about this all steel body custom-built Ford pickup, equipped with a 2004 LS1 engine, 2003 custom Corvette suspension 290 posi rear end, four wheel power disc brakes, power steering, power windows, push button start, and GPS/SVC disc player stereo system with backup camera.
Another ’36 Ford model on Classiccars.com is powered by a Chevy 305 V8 and is equipped with new camshaft and lifters, head work, a new oil pump, and a new truck bed.
This post was originally published on December 13, 2019.