“Staxx” – Jerry Logan’s Twin-Supercharged 1934 Ford Pickup
The rodding world is filled with long-term projects. Jerry Logan’s incredible ’34 Ford pickup, named “Staxx,” might be one of the longest-term examples we’ve encountered, dating back to 1972! Through multiple builders and countless modifications, it finally reached the finish line at Richardson’s Custom Auto Body in Washington.
Jerry says the truck was a drag vehicle in the ’50s and was in very sad shape when he got it. The cab was the only usable part, and it has been extensively modified with a chopped top, reverse-opening flush-fit doors, hidden hinges, filled cowl vent, extensive smoothing, and a channeled mounting position over the frame. A hand-built bed, rolled rear pan, and modified fenders, and smooth running boards complement the custom cab, along with a custom rear-hinged hood a chopped and sectioned grille shell with a custom insert. Fanatical attention to fit and detail was given before Richardson’s applied the beautiful PPG Smokey Gray Metallic finish.
The chassis is equally custom. Built by Schroeder’s Rod & Customs, the frame is boxed and Z’d, with a dropped and drilled front axle, a four-bar rear suspension locating a 9-inch rearend, and finned Buick drums hiding the disc brakes. The custom-designed six-spoke 16- and 18-inch Diamond T-style wheels were machined by Mike Curtis, chrome plated, and topped with custom center caps with the Staxx logo.
Hiding beneath the wild dual-scroll Magnacharger supercharger and custom fuel injection system is a 312c.i. Ford Y-block V8 that has been thoroughly smoothed and bathed in satin titanium paint, polished aluminum, and chrome. It channels 425hp through an early-’60s T-10 four-speed transmission. Spent fumes exit through a custom stainless exhaust with 3-inch stacks rising behind the cab.
A wealth of custom fabrication is also found inside the pickup cab, starting with a filled and leather-wrapped dash wearing a custom winged gauge panel and Classic Instruments. Ron Mangus built the custom seat and stitched the two-tone stingray leather upholstery, which even covers the floor and the banjo steering wheel. Custom details abound, from the one-off pedals and shift handle, to the miniature ’32 Ford grille under the dash built by Dan Fink as a heater cover.
Since completion in early 2020, Staxx has hauled home a bed full of awards, starting with a Great 8 finalist spot as a Ridler Award contender at the 2020 Detroit Autorama, and including Best of Show honors at the Boise Roadster Show and Spokane Speed & Custom Show. Now he can add a Goodguys 2021 Scott’s Hotrods Truck of the Year Early Finalist to the list of accolades – honors that are 50 years in the making.
Photos by Mike Christensen