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VICTORIA NEWS • OAK BAY NEWS • SAANICH NEWS • GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE • PENINSULA NEWS REVIEW - Friday, February 22, 2013

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a similar race car to enter quarter-mile race competition. Doug has a collection of almost every edition of Rod & Custom and Hot Rod Magazine published and has owned hundreds of cars. But his first love continues to be old Ford hot rods which led to the acquisition of a 1934 Ford truck that had been used to haul fruit in the Okanagan. The name of the original owner was still on the door: W.A. Mackenzie – Peachland. He completely rebuilt the truck with a new chassis and hand-built box to be a comfortable reliable cruiser powered by a Buick V6 engine. But his truck masterpiece is a 1941 Ford COE (cab over engine) with an interesting B.C. history. It was purchased new by the Vancouver branch of the Red Cross for use during the war years. In 1947, the truck was acquired by Victor Dadswell who used it to haul supplies from Vancouver to his hardware store in Lillooet. The truck was taken off the road in 1959. “I bought the truck 30 years ago and it took 16 of those years to build it,” Doug says. The well-engineered truck has a modern chassis and suspension. It’s powered by a high-performance Chevrolet 468 cubic engine mounted ‘mid ship’ behind the cab. The engine is covered by what looks like a sleeper unit behind the cab which tilts up to reveal the engine with the push of a button. Doug sometimes pulls a 25-foot fifth-wheel trailer with the truck. Doug’s next project is going to be very different. “I’m going to rebuild an old super-modified stock car,” he says. “But it’s going to be yard art. The top of the engine is going to lift up and there will be a barbecue inside. It will sit on my patio.”

Doug Curran’s 1941 Ford Cab Over Engine (COE) truck was originally purchased by the Red Cross to haul supplies in Vancouver during the Second World War. What looks like a sleeper behind the cab tilts up to reveal a high horsepower 468 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 engine.

The distinctive front end and interior of Doug Curran’s 1940 Ford coupe that he purchased in 1976.

Alyn Edwards is a classic car enthusiast and partner in Peak Communicators, a Vancouver-based public relations company. aedwards@peakco.com

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