Jimmy Hervatin's 1951 Ford

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Keith Weesner's painting that Jimmy based the build on.
The truck as it sat in September 2010. Photo by Rick Bales.
The build was started by pulling the car apart and sandblasting the cab. Photo by Rick Bales.
The cab was sectioned 1 1/2 inches. Photo by Rick Bales.
The cab welded back together again. Photo by Rick Bales.
Preparing the chop. Photo by Rick Bales.
Jimmy working on the chop. Photo by Rick Bales.
The wooden buck Jimmy made for the new roof. Photo by Rick Bales.
Jimmy fabricating a new roof using his homemade Yoder. Photo by Rick Bales.
Finishing work on the planishing hammer. The Emerald Tide, his previous Keith Weesner creation is parked behind him. Photo by Rick Bales.
The finished top. Photo by Rick Bales.
The cab back on the frame. In this photo Jimmy has installed a 3" dropped axle and flipped the axle. Photo by Rick Bales.
Jimmy decided it would be easier to build a new frame instead of modifying the old one. This is the drawing he made of the new frame. Photo by Rick Bales.
Parts for the new frame being cut out with a laser. Photo by Rick Bales.
The new frame being welded together on the jig table. Photo by Rick Bales.
The new frame lowered the truck 10 inches. Photo by Rick Bales.
Jimmy with the truck at the 2014 Street Rod Nationals in Kentuckty. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Hervatin.
Jimmy's truck displayed at the Suede Palace at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Hervatin.
Photo by John Jackson, courtesy of The Rodder's Journal.

1951 Ford F1 Pickup owned and restyled by Jimmy Hervatin of Warrenton, Missouri. The build, known as "Lit Up", was based on a painting by Keith Weesner. Jimmy started the build in 2010 by locating a suitable donor truck.The truck was quickly pulled apart before Jimmy sandblasted the cab. The cab was then chopped and sectioned. The top was chopped 5 1/2 inches in the back and 6 inches in the front, and the body was sectioned 1 1/2 inches. In order to prevent the rear window from becoming a small slot, Jimmy only chopped the rear window area 3 inches. The rear window was also narrowed to 28 inches, and lowered slightly in order to give it the right look. When the top was chopped Jimmy made a wooden buck for a new roof. The roof was made using a homemade Yoder hammer. When the cab was chopped and sectioned, Jimmy put it back on the frame. By then the truck had been lowered by installing a 3" dropped axle and by flipping the rear end. The motor was mocked up, and a fender was installed to see how the car was going to sit. Jimmy decided that the car didn't sit low enough, so he tore the car apart again in order to build a brand new frame. Building a new frame is according to Jimmy easier than lowering the stock one. The new frame lowered the car 10 inches.[1]

In 2014 "Lit Up" made its bare metal debut.



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