LIMA —During the early 1930s, Chevy offered a six-cylinder engine, which was considered a competitive advantage over the four-cylinder found in Fords. So when Henry Ford began brainstorming a successor to the Model A, he decided to trump Chevrolet with a V-8 engine. The problem with introducing a car in 1932 was that this was the worst year of the Great Depression. Not many people were interested in buying a vehicle, with a flathead V-8 engine or not. Yet Ford prevailed. He had originally planned for the V-8 to be used in cars only, not in trucks, which was odd, since it would seem natural for heavy-duty haulers. Ford’s mind was changed when truck buyers began asking for the new engine.
Donald Gudakunst, of Lima, brought his 1932 Ford Pickup Pro-Street to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for three year. He bought the body as a shell, and put this beauty together in two years. He chopped two inches off the top. His favorite memory is getting it done, going to car shows and cruising. He enjoys talking to all the car fans and seeing other vehicles.