were retained, along with the power
steering system, gauges and switches.
The interior was stitched by Lenny
Quail of Littleton, NH. Twin five-inch
exhaust pipes dump the spent fumes out
the back from under the tailgate. Except
for the dual 20-gallon fuel tanks, rear
fenders and headlights, this hot rod was
mostly built in-house by Jay and Glenn.
“The crew of the Mt. Washington Cog
Railway also helped us out with some
machine and fabrication work on the
front suspension parts,” Jay added.
When asked about the most difficult
part of the build, Jay quickly said, “All
of it!” Because everything on this hot
rod was so heavy, Jay and his crew had to
use a telescopic handler (a cross between
a crane and forklift) with a 44-foot reach
and 25,000-pound capacity, to move
things around – the engine and tranny
weigh about 4,000 pounds and the rear
end is well over a ton. The lift was also
needed for the countless trial fits that are
necessary on a project of this size.
It took 1,100 “non-union” hours of
labor over a span of 2.5 years to finish
this truck – and make no mistake, it’s a
driver. Jay said, “The most rewarding
part of this hot rod is taking it out for a
spin and watching the reaction we get
from the kids – they love it!”
It’s a safe bet that Jay’s unique
creation would get a big smile and a
thumbs-up from Ed “Big Daddy” Roth,
as well. Progress may have marched
on without the two-stroke Detroit, but
Jay’s red screamer is certainly helping
to keep its memory alive.
The Detroit Diesel is a two-stroke
design, which requires a supercharger to
move the air through the heads, but this
bad boy has a huge factory turbocharger
sitting on top of the blower for a bit more
squeeze. The power of this engine is
rated at 424 hp at only 1,900 rpms, with
a stump-pulling 1,100 ft. lbs. of torque.
Jay also used the factory front and rear
axles from the old ladder truck – the rear
is a Rockwell filled with a 4:64 gear set,
which easily supported the 50,000 lbs. of
Jay engineered and fabricated the
frame out of quarter-inch steel, and also
did all of the electronics and plumbing.
The suicide front suspension is very
similar to one Jay had on a 1934 Chevy,
but on a much larger scale, supported by
a custom spring rated at 5,000 pounds.
Glenn did all the metal fab design and
paint work. Fred Ingerson, a certified
bridge welder, oversaw the frame build
of the two-foot “Z” section, in back
of the cab, to make sure it was strong
enough to safely handle the powertrain
and pass a mandatory state inspection.
Jay chuckled when he mentioned that
there is over 60 pounds of MIG welding
wire in the frame alone.
Looking for the perfect cockpit for
his red screamer, Jay found a somewhat
rust-free ‘46 Ford pickup cab on E-Bay
and had it shipped to Twin Mountain
from southern LA. Glenn fabricated the
rear bed before he squirted everything
with 2009 VW Jetta red paint. Rolling
stock on this 10,000-pound hot rod rig
consists of 24.5 tall rubber on polished
aluminum rims. The original air brakes
10-4 Magazine / April 2016