Richard Willett's Mystery Wrecker
It started with an idea and a chassis made from one and a half by three-inch rectangular tubing. Featuring a 94-inch wheelbase, Willet installed an early Ford transverse leaf and a re-designed 1940 Ford steering. Harley-Davidson front wheels with re-designed hubs were installed up front. 18-inch handmade wheels wearing Firestone Indy-type tires were installed at the rear. The front tires were Goodyear's and the front brakes were 1940 Lincoln with handmade adapters.
Power came from a 1964 Buick 425 cubic inch engine with a stock bore, stroke, and other internal components. It ran four Carter C series AFB carburetors and dual 6-71 GMC blowers. Midas Mufflers of Dedham, Massachusetts helped construct the individual pipe exhaust system. Ignition was a Vertex magneto. A Schiefer flywheel on the stock Buick clutch delivered torque to a 1955 Chevrolet three-speed transmission. The rear axle was 1950 Mercury with a 3.78 to 1 ratio. The blower drive, valve covers, and the entire intake system was handmade and chromed. The entire undercarriage was also chromed, and it ran two stainless steel gas tanks.
The body on the Mystery Wrecker began life as a 1924 Ford truck. Richard used a Cal-Automotive fiberglass reproduction bottom half of the cab with molded doors. The wrecker platform and everything behind the cab were completely handmade.
Once the construction was completed, the truck was painted by Kelsey Martin of Beverly, Massachusetts. The body was covered in White Pearl before Kelsey added vivid red yellow, blue, and green Candy overlays in a wild sweeping design.
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