Gene Winfield's 1935 Ford

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Gene's truck as it appeared in the souvenir program for the 1960 Kustom Kar Kapades show and the third annual Renegades Rod & Custom Motorama in 1960.
The truck prior to the custom made hubcaps.
The truck as it appeared in 1961.
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The truck at a show in 1962 as you can see on the picture Gene has sprayed faded candy red/maroon paint on the accent lines and edges of the firewall. Later Gene also faded red maroon on the fenders.
In 1963 Gene painted the truck with 40 coats of candy blue lacquer over a pearl base.
The truck listed in the classified section of Hot Rod Magazine November 1963
The truck as it sat when it was found in 2008
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Gene Winfield's old shop truck on its way to Hatfield Restorations. Photo by Pete Rose and Dale Barnes
Photo by Pete Rose and Dale Barnes
Photo by Pete Rose and Dale Barnes
Photo by Pete Rose and Dale Barnes
Photo by Pete Rose and Dale Barnes
Gene Winfield reunites with the truck in 2008. Photo by Pete Rose and Dale Barnes
05.19.2009 - The restoration has started at Hatfield Restorations, and the truck is torn down. Photo by Pete Rose
05.19.2009 - Photo by Pete Rose
05.19.2009 - Even though the car was under water 3 times, it has very little rust. The only that have been found is in the rockers and in the front of the bed. Photo by Pete Rose
05.19.2009 - Old layers of paint brought back to daylight. Photo by Pete Rose
05.19.2009 - Photo by Pete Rose
05.19.2009 - The original dropped and filled axle done by Gene Winfield. Photo by Pete Rose
10.07.2009 - The restored frame. Photo by Pete Rose
10.07.2009 - The restored engine. Work was done by H&H Flatheads. Photo by Pete Rose
10.09.2009 - The cab primered and ready for block sanding. Photo by Pete Rose
10.09.2009 - Photo by Pete Rose
11.18.2009 - The cab is once covered in gold. Photo by Pete Rose
11.18.2009 - The debut of the car is 6 1/2 weeks away. Photo by Pete Rose
11.18.2009 - The dash was welded to the body, and the new owner decided to sand it down and repaint it. Photo by Pete Rose
11.21.2009 - In this photo red/maroon candy has been faded onto the firewall in order to recreate the car as it appeared in the photo above from October 1962.
01.14.2010 - The car as it sat 7 days before it took of for the 61st Grand National Roadster Show. Photo by Pete Rose.
The truck at the 61st Grand National Roadster Show. Photo by Dave Lindsay - www.socalcarculture.com[1]
Photo by Dave Lindsay - www.socalcarculture.com[1]
Photo by Dave Lindsay - www.socalcarculture.com[1]
Photo by Dave Lindsay - www.socalcarculture.com[1]
Photo by Dave Lindsay - www.socalcarculture.com[1]
Photo by Dave Lindsay - www.socalcarculture.com[1]
The Shop Truck at the 60th annual Dallas Autorama in 2010.[2]
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The Shop Truck at the 2010 Detroit Autorama.[3]
The truck at the 2010 Lonestar Roundup. Photo by Sondre Kvipt.
Gene's old truck at the 2018 Grand National Roadster Show. Photo by ATOMIC Hot Links.

1935 Ford Truck owned and restyled by Gene Winfield of Winfield's Custom Shop. This was Gene's second shop truck. When he got the it, half of the kustomizing had been done by Rick Lefelt. The rear fenders were from a 1939 Chevrolet. The grille was made of 1/4 inch chrome plated rods. In March of 1960 Gene's truck was shown at the Kustom Kar Kapades in Monterey, Calfiornia. In the souvenir program for the show there is a photo of the car with steelies fit with a bullet in center, but without the custom made hubcaps. This version of the car was painted in a copper-bronze color. The same year it was also entered at the 3rd annual Renegades Rod & Custom Motorama. According to the program, the car was chopped 3 1/2 inches, and powered by a full house chromed Mercury flathead V8.[4] The truck was often driven to the shows where Gene Winfield displayed it. If he didn't drive it, it was mostly flat towed behind Gene's other shop truck at the time, a 1958 Ford Pickup. The truck was also used to tow the Jade Idol around.


After going through boxes of photos with Gene Winfield, Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine discovered some pictures of the truck taken in August 1962. On the pictures the truck featured candy red highlights on the fenders. The candy red paint was used to cover up damage around the edges of the fenders, the result of driving it on the road.


Before the 1963 show season Gene painted the truck again, this time with 40 coats of candy blue lacquer over a pearl base. Inside, the dashboard was pinstriped by Tommy the Greek. The second iteration of the truck was called "TwiceNice".


After showing the second version of the truck for a couple of years, Gene advertised it for sale. In Hot Rod Magazine November 1963 the truck was listed in the classifieds section. The price of the truck was $1875 and according to the ad it then featured Chrysler Wires and a Corvette engine. The truck was eventually sold to a guy named Buddy from Oregon in 1965. He traded it for a Thunderbird and cash. After Buddy bought it he showed it a few times. Buddy changed the appearance of the truck by having it painted with flames and pinstriping. After that it was involved in a minor wreck. Dee Wescott was responsible for repairing the truck again. After that, the truck seemed to disappear from the public eye. For many years the truck was stored away in a barn. In 2006 the truck was pulled out of the barn and parked outside. After spending the next two years in the elements it was sold to Gary Hatfield of Hatfield Restorations in 2008. Gary had the truck towed to Hatfield Restorations in Canton, Texas for a complete, detailed, historic restoration back to Gene Winfield's first version of the truck.

May 2009 the restoration was well under way and the truck had been completely torn down and was in the process of being blasted and repaired. The only rust that was found on the car during the restoration was in the rocker panels and in the front of the bed. Before and during its restoration the truck was displayed at various hot rod and kustom related shows. October 2009 the restoration of the frame was completed and the motor was back in the car. H&H Flatheads was responsible for the restoration of the engine. The body was then almost ready for paint, just requiring a few more weeks of block sanding. On November 15, 2009, six and a half weeks before the Grand National Roadster Show, the bed and body returned from paint and the guys at Hatfield Restoration could continue to assemble the pickup. January 29, 2010 the newly restored shop truck made its debut at the 61st Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.


Magazine Features

Rodding and Re-styling August 1960
Spotlite Book 532 Custom Pickups
Trend Book 205 Restyle Your Car
Hot Rod Magazine November 1963
Hot Rod Deluxe May 2009


Sources

The Legendary Custom Cars and Hot Rods of Gene Winfield
The HAMB - GENE WINFIELD SHOP TRUCK FOUND (official restoration thread)


References



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