In his early 40s, Billy Pool of Mineola, Texas, stepped up his lifelong interest in the automotive enthusiast lifestyle to become hands-on. It has been this way for Billy for the last 10 years or so, with this being the third vehicle he's put his personal stamp on. The first two were a '35 Ford street rod and a '60 Corvette. No doubt those past two projects helped Billy prepare for and understand what was in store for him during the three-year build time for his latest endeavor, a '53 Ford F-100. This custom classic truck was built to show-quality standards, so it made sense we discovered this copper jewel with the "top of the hill gang" at the 2007 F-100 Supernationals in Knoxville, Tennessee.
To give this truck a solid foundation, the 50-plus-year-old stock chassis was ditched in favor of a new one from Fat Man Fabrications. Billy stayed with Fat Man Fabrications and picked up a Mustang II frontend kit to replace the antiquated straight-axle setup. The suspension was finished up with quad Carrera coilovers, one at each corner. A Ford 9-inch rearend fitted with 3.00:1 gears relegated the stock unit to the junkpile. Chrome Boss wheels, 20x8s, and Nitto rubber, 245/35ZR20, complete the rolling chassis.
To feed the beast between the engine mounts, Billy installed a Mid-Fifty's 21-gallon gas tank between the 'rails. The beast between the mounts happens to be a GM crate 350. The 350 fires off courtesy of an Accel distributor sending a charge through Accel Super Stock plug wires. Dress-up items include a chromed intake manifold, valve covers, A/C compressor, and alternator. A TH350 transmission sends the power to the rear. The estimated 350 horsepower is muzzled with a pair of Flowmaster mufflers.
As for the beautiful copper candy-like shell, Billy would like to pass along his utmost appreciation to body man extraordinaire Marvin Cherney. The many, many hours Marvin spent massaging this truck are obvious by the glass-smooth panels and precision panel fitment. Among the major body mods completed include the shaved vent holes in the cowl, the filled gas filler hole when the tank was relocated, and the absence of all the emblems on the hood. With the body as smooth as a baby's butt, Marvin sprayed it in DuPont Copperhead paint.
A GM 350-inch crate motor provides plenty of motivation for this classic Ford.
This billet bulkhead for the heater and Vintage Air A/C lines cleans up the firewall.