1948 Ford Dune Truck At The 2019 Sand Sports Super Show

We’ve all been there. Starting a project always has those moments when you try and envision an end goal. Sometimes the project takes on a life of its own. It may not be what you originally envisioned. We tend to believe that it always turns out just like it was supposed to. While perusing any show or event we are always on the lookout for something unusual or different. It just so happens that different is exactly what Jimbo Osuna was going for with his 1948 Ford sand truck.

Osuna started his 1948 Ford project truck with only one goal. He wanted it to be different than all of the other builds he saw. Jimbo said, “Everyone else has the same old thing and I just wanted something different.” The truck sat in Jimbo’s garage for six years prior to being built. When he decided that it was time to go for it, he and his team completed the project in a mere three weeks.

Different Is Good

Under the hood is a 383 cubic-inch stroker motor.

Power in the old Ford is supplied by a 383 cubic-inch stroker motor. It has been rated at 650 horsepower (but stay tuned with For U 2 Motorsports, as soon there will be the introduction of a nitrous system, which will hopefully add an additional 300 horsepower to this beast). All of that power is then sent through a TH400 transmission.

A Currie rear axle takes all of the energy and places it to the ground. GMZ paddle tires wrapped around Weld wheels make sure that the forward progress continues. King shocks at all four corners handle dampening. The King shocks have no issue handling the twelve inches of suspension travel in the front and twenty-two inches in the rear. Simpson seats keep all of the occupants happy while blasting the dunes. KC HiLiTES turn the desert nights into day so the fun can continue well into dark.

Jimbo explained, “It’s just a totally different build than anyone else has here. No one was really expecting it. We brought out a lot of new product on it just to change it up. We are not just a side-by-side builder and this shows it. Custom fabrication and sheet metal is something we do. This was done in three weeks. We finished it at four o-clock in the morning and are really happy with it.”

Not Without Challenges

The tight timeline for the build did create some challenges for Jimbo and his team. Jimbo shared that, “The paint was the most challenging thing about the build. Getting the paint done so fast was tough. It’s ready to run and we’re going to do drags and dunes. We’re going to be running it for Halloween.” We are not surprised there were some challenges given the timeline for completion. However, there can be no argument that the finished product is exceptional.

Jimbo admitted that, “I love everything about it. I’ve been doing off-road stuff for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. I love this truck. I even love the name. ‘F-ing clown.’ I had a buddy that always called me that, so that’s what I called the truck.” It really is a beautiful truck and we look forward to seeing out tearing up terra firma.

About the author

Christie Materni

As a photographer, and self-proclaimed "magic maker" for over 12 years, Christie loves to create anything from amazing images to great chocolate chip cookies. Traveling the country with her camera, husband, and sometimes a dog, in search of fast cars and tough trucks is her favorite way to spend the day.
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