The Juxtapod is a 1928 Ford Model AA Truck built by Mattias Andersson of LeBeef Kustom Metal Works for Johan Belin and Ludvig Löfgren of Sweden. Built in a 1960s show rod style, the truck is a rolling art project incorporating Swedish state of the art crystal design by Ludvig Löfgren. The idea for the name "Juxtapod" came from Juxtapoz, an underground art magazine started by Robert Williams.
The body for The Juxtapod sat in LeBeef's shop for some years before the project started. He sold it to Johan and Ludvig, and the project was started in February of 2010. Mattias "LeBeef" Andersson began the build by reworking the frame. The frame was boxed and kicked up 10" in the rear. Up front it was lowered by installing a 4" dropped axle. The hairpins were custom fabricated by Karl Hammarsträng. A 1955 Oldsmobile rear-axle was installed in the rear. The axle was hung up using custom made ladder bars. The body was chopped 7.5" and channeled an additional 4" over the frame. A chopped 1932 Ford grille shell was installed up front. The grille shell was fitted with a custom made chrome insert fit with crystal spikes hand made by Ludvig. A brand new full-size bed was bought in pieces, assembled, and installed on the truck. A custom made pan fit with 1940s Buick taillights was installed in the rear. Power comes from a 1958 Chevrolet 348 cid engine that was dressed up with an 6x2 Offenhauser intake, 6 Stromberg 48 carburetors, crystal velocity stacks, chromed stock valve covers and a chromed alternator. Several other parts on the engine and front suspension were also chromed. The engine was hooked to a TH350 Chevrolet automatic transmission. A new electrical system was made and installed by M&M Autowiring. The system was based on their "Easy Rewiring Hotrod Kit". Inside, the Juxtapod received a custom made dashboard fabricated from a 1960 - 1963 Chevrolet truck dashboard. A centre console was built from scratch to match the dashboard. A 1950 Ford gauge was incorporated in the console. The steering wheel was custom made in steel and crystal and the upholstery was done in white leather and angel hair. Once the bodywork was done, the cab, truck and bed were sent to Blaster for final preparations and a panel paint job. The frame was finished up and painted white by Conny Löf at Blästerteknik in Ödeborg. A custom gas tank made from crystal and chrome was installed on the newly painted bed. The gas tank incorporated the original filler port, but with a cystal addition. The Juxtapod was then fit with a set of Radir Tri-Rib rims fit with Firestone 5.60-15 and 7.10-15 wide whitewall bias-ply tires.
After a year of hard work, the Juxtapod made its debut March 29, 2011 at the Röhsska art museum in Göteborg. After being displayed at the Röhsska art mueum for two months, the Juxtapod was moved to Växjö Art Museum July 20, 2011 for another two months display there. At Växjö Konsthall the Juxtapod was shown in an exhibition featuring some of Ludvig's work. September 24 and 35 the Juxtapod was shown at the 2011 X-treme Car Show in Helsinki, Finland. At the show, the truck won four awards: Best Hot Rod, second in Peoplec Choice, The John D'Agostino Hot Rod Award and the Sabina Kelley Choice.
In November of 2020, Johan and Ludvig decided to advertise the Juxtapod for sale, hoping to find someone that will appreciate the beauty, creativity, and craftsmanship that went into the realization of their dream. Click here for more info and photos at www.thejuxtapod.com.
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