Gas Station Rendezvous: Mark Fisher’s ’33 Ford Truck
One of our favorite things will always be the Gas Station Rendezvous – that fateful meeting of cool cars and their owners at a refueling station. Somewhere between Memphis and Birmingham we encountered Mark Fisher and his cronies at just such an event. This group of guys from Minford, OH gets together each year to do the Power Tour and we’re glad we ran into them this year.
Mark’s custom ’33 Ford truck with its rugged green exterior and black patina fenders caught our attention, especially since it shares the same birth year as The Bus.
Hailing from New Mexico, the truck was picked up by Mark in a hot rod shop in Pennsylvania. He mentions that he takes after his uncle in this regard, who still owns the ’34 pickup Mark remembers from his childhood. Following with tradition, the ’33 Ford became a family project for Mark and his sons.
“Me and my boys made the custom frame ourselves. The only original part of the frame is the front cross member and about 14” of the front frame horns.”
Continuing with the build, they put in a Pete and Jake’s 4” dropped axle with hair pins, cross steer steering, 4-wheel power disc brakes, Viking coil overs, and a 9” Ford rear end with a 3.50 posi rear gear. All wiring, brake, and gas lines were run inside the boxed frame rails: everything is hidden inside the frame.
Inside, an Ididit tilt column and Autometer Old Tyme II gauges were added for functional styling. Under the hood, there’s an aluminum radiator and an aluminum-headed 350 with roller cam and a Tremec TKO 600 transmission.
When it fires up, you can hear the rumble coming from the custom 3” dual exhaust system Mark fabricated himself. You can hear what it sounds like by checking out this video by Chad Neal.
This truck’s one-of-a-kind and we’re glad we got to hang out with both the truck and the restoration artist for a minute. The really good news? Mark’s not done with his old truck creations. The Fisher boys have another fully custom ’33 twin turbo pick-up nearing completion….something with “a good hot rod sound to it.” We’re excited to see (and hear) the end results.