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1935 Factory Five Racing Hot Rod Pickup Has Plenty of Show and Go

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 12/13/2018 Hot Rod Network Staff
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When you give yourself a deadline to take on a build you'd better be sure you have all of the support you need to handle the task. From the moment Fred Simmons Jr. of Mendon, Massachusetts, saw the latest offering from Factory Five Racing, he not only wanted to bring their newly minted 1935 Hot Rod Truck to life, he wanted to take on the challenge to build it in a mere 10 weeks, as well as have it ready for display on the floor at the 2018 SEMA Show. As a the owner of SMG Motoring in his hometown he wanted to showcase the talents of his shop, especially since he and his team, consisting of Todd Erickson and Ronnie Santucci III, are all under 35 years of age.

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Starting when he was 3 years old, Fred regularly accompanied his dad, Fred Sr., a seasoned drag racer, to New England Dragway and Englishtown to watch nitro-powered Top Fuel and Funny Cars light up the night. From there it was a straight path to learning about the automotive business while working at his uncle Rudy's used car dealership. At the same time he also fielded a Junior Dragster, which eventually led him to bracket racing as well as taking on Hot Rod Drag Week with his 1999 Camaro. Both Erickson and Santucci have also grown up in the hot rodding world and are seasoned racers, making their fusion of talents and creativity perfect for making a statement with the latest project.

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Having previously worked with Factory Five Racing on a car it was a perfect opportunity to take on one of the first builds of their newly released 1935 Hot Rod Truck. Fred's idea was to infuse a multitude of custom details into the build to highlight the truck's performance roots, coupled with a wicked driveline and endless attention to detail. To assemble a perfect base he started with FFR's exclusive jig-welded tube frame with custom crossmembers and full-width rollbar. Out back a 2014 Mustang 8.8-inch rear was packed with 3.55 gears and suspended in place by a three-link suspension with tubular control arms, Panhard bar, and Koni adjustable coilover shocks. To get the ultimate in handling up front FFR-designed adjustable, unequal-length upper and lower control arms, spindles, and adjustable inboard-mounted Koni coilover shocks to keep everything razor sharp. For plenty of stopping power once the anchor needs to get tossed, a Wilwood Engineering dual master pushes fluid though stainless lines to matching 13-inch drilled and vented discs with six-piston calipers up front and 2014 Ford Mustang discs out back. Bringing it all to the street are 18x9 (front) and 18x12 (rear) Rocket Racing Wheels Attack-series rims capped with Nitto NT05 performance tires.

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Wanting to add plenty of performance to the mix, Fred contacted ABT Machine in Holliston to assemble a fire-breathing 346ci Chevy LS V-8. A factory block was massaged to perfection and filled with a stock crank linked to Eagle forged I-beam rods wearing Mahle forged pistons getting a bump from a Comp Cams stick. A set of reworked factory heads generate seamless power, especially when topped with an Edelbrock Victor Jr. LS1 Competition EFI intake and fuel rail kit with Siemens 60-pound injectors combined with a Holley 1,000-cfm EFI throttle body and PSI conversion harness. The final punch comes from a ProCharger P-1X LS transplant serpentine drive supercharger kit. Neat custom coil covers by SMG tidy up the engine while spent gases dump through Hooker cast-iron exhaust manifolds to an FFR exhaust system. To move the goods Dynamic Racing Transmissions of North Branford, Connecticut, built a rock-solid Chevy 4L65E trans that links to a custom driveshaft. It's all good for 640 hp on the dyno at 6,100 rpm.

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There's nothing like starting with a fresh cab and bed from FFR to make your build a whole lot easier. Todd and Ronnie concentrated on making a few updates, which included molding the bed together to form a single unit and fashioning a custom rear roll pan. From there they completed any needed bodywork, set the gaps, and laid down a lustrous coating of Axalta Ruby Flare metallic, bringing the project to life. Inside it's all business with an FFR dash filled with custom gauges from Speedhut to monitor the vitals while an FFR banjo-style steering wheel links to an ididit tilt column. Shifts click through a Lokar stick and cool breezes move through a system from Vintage Air. For comfort, Seamless Custom of Leicester reworked a set of FFR buckets, covering them in black leather with red piping along with matching interior panels, wrapping it up with perfect black pile carpeting. This is one Street Shaker with a perfect balance of performance, and we dig it! 

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