All most every classic truck build ends up differently but they all have the same beginnings. Everyone wants to make a one of a kind custom build that would a great attraction in a car show. Chris Carlson is no exception to that and when he bought a 1940 Ford pickup, he was gunning for something grand. Chris Carlson own a Hot Rod shop in Mulvane, Kansa called the Chaotic Customs, he constantly looks for classic barn find to turn it into a beautiful masterpiece for profit. This 1940 Ford Pickup was one of those finds, he stored it in his barn waiting for a customer to pop up that would be interested in the truck.
Several years after, a customer finally showed up, Mike Young from Derby, Kansas. Young already heard of the Ford before and got attracted to its potential. Mike and Chris started to plan for the build. The duo decided that they don’t want to settle for a “nice driver” and went for something spectacular.
After two years of hard work, the build was finally shown in the NAPA/Martin Senour Paints booth during the 2013 SEMA show. Almost every part of the 1940 Ford pickup was modified and was certainly an eye catcher of the show. After that, the 1940 Ford pick toured around for show and slowly getting popularity in the ISCA circuit. It was also featured during the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Buddy Jordan saw the truck at the auction and bought it. Buddy brought to truck to his home in Spring Branch, Texas and added more modifications.
The build began when the truck’s body was heavily reshaped. More than 240 sheet metal changes were made. A custom rear split window was installed that looked like a 1939 coupe window. The fenders was fabricated that was based on the styles of the European coachbuilt cars. The rear fenders was stretched to 12 ½ inches and modified to accommodate the 1959 Cadillac taillights. A set of modified 1939 headlights were mounted on the front fenders. New running boards were made for the truck’s size.
The truck was finished with an exclusive sapphire blue paint that was created by Chris Carlson and Martin Senour just for this build. Carlson applied the pain and said that he used tons of crush glass and galaxy crystal in the pain to make the finish glitter when exposed to light. The paint cost $2,600 per gallon which inspired the truck’s name “Bankrupt Blues”.
Chris has made a ton of custom cars and trucks in his career but proudly says that this 1940 Ford pickup was one of the most interesting project he has done, this is probably because Mike and Buddy gave him all the freedom in designing and building the truck that was based on all of their dream rides.