1962 Dodge Pickup Tim Molzen | Goodguys Truck of the Year-Late finalist

1962 Dodge Pickup: Mopar-Powered Show Winner

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Unique doesn’t even begin to describe Tim Molzen’s 1962 Dodge Pickup four-door truck. This beast of a 1962 Dodge Pickup truck from Sioux City, Iowa was never seen without a crowd of people around it when it was selected as a Goodguys 2015 LMC Truck Parts Truck of the Year (Late) finalist in Des Moines. It simply stole the show!

After being retired as an Air Force truck in Texas, Malzen acquired the 1962 Dodge Pickup then sent it to Iowa’s hot rod kingpin, Roger Burman, for its full transformation. It started with a custom made Roadster Shop frame with tubular A-arms, a 4-bar rear suspension setup, and a 9-inch Ford rear end. Rack and pinion style steering with Wilwood disc brakes all around give it new millennium performance. Custom painted Hot Rods by Boyd wheels roll on Continental tires.

1962 Dodge Pickup Tim Molzen | Goodguys Truck of the Year-Late finalist

Under the hood is all Mopar baby! A 360 c.i. Dodge V8 with an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads, and custom fabricated alu­minum valve covers warm up the engine bay. MSD ignition and stock coated headers with Flowmaster exhaust work together to power the massive truck down the highway. A 727 transmission with Gear Vendors overdrive provides smooth shift points.

The old 3/4-ton 4×4 Dodge truck’s body was in rough shape upon arriv­al. Burman spent countless hours reworking the bed, cab, and front end. All the edges were sharpened as well as body gaps reset. Once all the work was finished it was painted in a brilliant PPG Western Brown at Burman’s Lakeside Rods & Rides.

1962 Dodge Pickup Tim Molzen | Goodguys Truck of the Year-Late finalist

Weber’s Custom Interiors in Alexandria, Minnesota had a lot of work to do inside the 4-door truck. Dodge Intrepid power front seats were used while the stock back seat was salvageable. The seats were trimmed in a brown leather with white stitching. The custom-made door panels were upholstered to match. The dash was smoothed and painted to match the exterior of the truck, then fitted with custom-made, one-of-a-kind Dakota Digital gauges that sit behind the Billet Specialties steering wheel.

Let’s be real here. The 1960’s Dodge trucks were ugly! A 4-door only amplifies the ugly factor! If you don’t believe us do a quick Google image search. What Burman did to transform Molzen’s 4-door pickup into a stunning award winner is basically on par with Alezandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo. Unique, different and masterfully built, it’s truly one of a kind ride.

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.