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Plymouth Air Radial Truck: Aircraft Inspired, Aircraft Powered

By: · November 1, 2017

Plymouth Air Radial Truck

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We’re a bit late to this radical Plymouth pickup truck powered by a radial aircraft engine—it was covered by other publications last year—but this year’s SEMA show marks our first encounter. Dubbed the Plymouth Air Radial Truck, it was created by the Colorado Auto & Parts wrecking yard near Denver using an old 1939 Plymouth pickup that was sitting around and, more curiously, a ’50s vintage seven-cylinder Jacobs radial engine from a Cessna 195 airplane.

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The marriage, of course, is amazing. The entire truck is given an aircraft theme, including rivets and more rivets, a neat dual-pane canopy over the cabin, and dual left- and right-hand controls (steering yokes and a single brake pedal per side); the throttle is manipulated by a central lever. The 757-cubic-inch, 300-hp radial engine is connected to a TH400 automatic transmission via a belt.

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Still, it’s the details that set this build apart. There are port and starboard green and red marker lights, “no step” lettering on the pickup bed’s tonneau cover (which also is constructed from hollowed-airfoil-section ribs, like an airplane wing), and the matching ’40s-era tug that drags the Plymouth Air around during taxiing. There’s even more here, so we suggest poring over the images to fully appreciate this unique build!

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-2017 SEMA Show Full Coverage

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