A Truck Named ‘Eleanor’

Loren and Shelly Diede own a ’35 Hot Rod Truck named Eleanor with electric power steering, a 3-link rear suspension and powder coated frame. They’ve been winning awards and generating interest at local car shows.

Loren says, “We entered her in a local Father’s Day car show. This is one of the larger local shows sponsored by one of the churches here at Farmington, NM. We took first in class and 1st overall from the local NSRA club. This year we took her to the Northern NM Street Rodder’s car show. This is one of the largest northern NM car shows and we got the local club’s first pick. I built her to travel and cruise cross country, not to show, but oh well, we’ll take the trophies. We love to drive her and are planning a trip this fall from NM to Crater Lake, OR and more. What a great ride!”  

Eleanor Build Specs

Body and Frame: FFR 35 Truck kit # 47.

Color: IMRON Garnet with black fenders

Engine: 1998 350 Vortec bored .030” over, FiTech throttle body EFI

Transmission: 1996 700r4 with Bowler lock up and kick down

Rear End: 1996 Mustang 8.8 with 3.55 gears

Tires: 215/55/17 on Wheels Vintique artillery rims

Add ons:

Dash leather covered. Slim bucket seats that fold forward. Door panels modified and covered with leather, center counsel made for storage, full headliner with lights made to match interior.

(FFR-supplied Vintage Air AC and power steering)

SPW windshield wipers

Third brake light added on back of cab

Limeworks leather hood straps

Trans oil temp

Gear indicator and H/Lo/turn indicator

Rostra Cruise Control

Radio with SIRIUS and back up camera, back up lights

Spare tire mount on fender. (support bracket made and bolted to frame inside engine compartment, tire fully supported and does not rest on fender)

Bed and bed stake sides made with hickory wood. Center section made to slide out to access the battery, tool box, trans oil cooler, fuel tank, pump and filters.

Loren and Shelly’s great granddaughter, Kasi posing with Eleanor.