Nick Cozzitorto's 1952 Ford

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With barely 100 miles on the odometer, Nick Cozzitorto brought his 1952 Ford F1 Pickup to Gene Winfield at Winfield's Custom Shop for a full custom treatment. Gene Winfield chopped the top of the truck, and replaced the stock moldings on the hood sides with louvers. Fender skirts were installed in the back. In the fender skirts, Gene installed 1953 Buick Portholes which the exhaust pipes could flow through. All moldings and door handles were shaved, and dual spotlights were installed. The car was finished in gray primer, and the pickup appeared in this condition on the cover of Rod & Custom July 1954.[1]

Nick brought his pickup back to Gene Winfield for more modifications several years later. Gene channeled the body over the frame, and he sectioned the cab 5 1/2 inches. When the hood was sectioned, the louvers were also removed. A 1956 Chrysler Windsor grille was reworked to fit the grille cavity backdropped with expanded metal. Headlights from a 1952 Ford nestled beside the grille. New dual taillights housings were sculpted from round rod bars and fit with 1955 DeSoto taillights. New bumpers were also added to the car, these were 1949 DeSoto units. When finished, the truck was painted maroon and fit with Chrysler hubcaps. The pickup was a regular entrant at rod and kustom shows.[2]

Later Nick replaced the stock flathead with a 392 Chrysler Hemi, and he began racing the car. It was capable of touring 105 mph at the quarter mile drag strips. The body was also repainted in Gold Bronze.[2]

Nick Cozzitorto still owns the truck today.[3]

Magazine Features and Coverage

Rod & Custom July 1954
Trend Book 133 Custom Cars 1957 Annual
Car Craft June 1958


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