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If you know much, if anything, about the Nicholas Lepesh 41 Ford pickup, you may know its one constant the fact that there was no constant when it came to the trucks signature exterior look. With that said, what many people recall the truck looking like is completely different than what others may remember. From its initial conception under Nicks tutelage til the day it was relinquished post-mortem to current caretaker Dave Pozzi, the 41 has gone through many a cosmetic makeover, each as notable as the next.
When my son, Bill, called me from his shop in South San Francisco to tell me that a customer had brought him a 1941 Ford pickup that had recessed canted quad headlights, sculpted running boards, a rolled rear pan with custom taillights, and that it had been in shows in the Bay Area in the early 1960s, I was naturally very interested. The headlights reminded me of Dave Cunningham, candy-red Forty, but that was a sedan.
Approximately 1,400 of these cars were produced in 1940, and 400 in 1941. Phil Linhares has had a '41 Graham Hollywood on his mind since he was 14 years old-more precisely, when a straight-piped, dirty white Graham happened to cruise by him on Virginia Avenue when he was growing up in Modesto, California. From that point in time, he knew someday he'd own one.