Hot Rod Magazine's '35 Hot Rod Truck Build

One of the highlights of my career was when our Factory Five ’33 Hot Rod was on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. We’ve been once more since then, but the honor that first time was special. When we introduced the world to our latest Factory Five, a ’35 Ford Hot Rod Pick-Up Truck, it made sense to go back to the source for all things hot rod, the venerable Hot Rod Magazine that traces its root back to January 1948 and its first issue.

Staff writer and master builder Mark Gearhart volunteered to do the wrench turning and document his build in the magazine. Mark has already earned a reputation for building car that looked better than their renderings. So, we picked Mark to work with and his 1,000+ HP twin-turbo truck based on the renderings below. Stay tuned to Hot Rod Magazine for multiple build issues that will follow the truck from the bare frame to the completed mcnasty truck.

Hot Rod Magazine Print Articles

Hot Rod Magazine: The Drift Truck Build - Hot Rod Magazine remains the monthly bible of custom car guys. We’re excited to start a multi-issue build focusing on our newest ’35 Hot Rod Truck. The magazine will be following the build and road test of a 1,200 HP Ford-powered Factory Five ’35 Hot Rod Truck. Read More>

Hot Rod Magazine Comes to Wareham - As part of his build series, Mark visited Factory Five in Wareham, MA to see how we manufacture and pack the kits. Read More>

Preparing for your Factory Five Delivery - In the February 2019 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, Mark Gearhart gives you tips on how to prepare to take delivery of your new Factory Five kit. Read More>

Front Suspension Build on the Hot Rod Magazine '35 Truck - Mark Gearhart gives us an update on his '35 Hot Rod Truck project, and in the April 2019 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, he goes over the front suspension install. Read More>

She's a Roller - Read Hot Rod Magazine Mark Gearhart’s fifth story in a series of his Hot Rod Truck build in this month’s (July) issue. Mark gets the car on the ground as a roller with front and rear suspension installed, brakes, and steering with some aluminum panels. Read More>

Hot Rod Drift Truck Project: The Fuel System - Hot Rod Magazine’s Mark Gearhart continues his Factory Five ’35 Hot Rod Drift Truck in the pages of the storied publication. Read More>

Hot Rod Magazine Website Updates

In addition to the articles in the print magazine, Mark is posting updates on his '35 Hot Rod Truck build on Here's links to those articles.

The Drift Rod: Our Take on Factory Five’s Newest Hot Rod Kit! (March 8, 2018)

Where Projects Are Born: Factory Five Racing (April 28, 2018)

Sneak Peek: Our Factory Five Project Truck Arrives (June 6, 2018)

Preparing for Your Factory Five Delivery (July 5, 2018)

Factory Five Drift Rod Build Kicks Off! (August 8, 2018)

The Drift Rod Becomes a Roller! (August 30, 2018)

Front Suspension Build on the Drift Rod (October 18, 2018)

Rear Suspension Build on the Drift Rod (January 7, 2019)

The Drift Rod Gets its Powerplant (July 2, 2019)