Installing the MAR-K oak bed kit was a job Billy left for himself. With the inside gutted, it was the perfect time for Billy to rewire the electrics with a wiring harness kit from Painless Performance. With the wiring up to snuff, the custom dash was put back together, with the main update being the Dakota Digital gauge cluster. Black leather surrounds billet accents on the Flaming River Waterfall wheel sitting atop the tilt column. A Vintage Air system keeps Billy and his wife, Kim, cool during the hot and humid Texas summers. Billy installed power one-piece windows that help to keep as much of the A/C goodness inside the cab where it belongs.
For the rest of the interior work, Billy called upon Hatfield Restoration in Canton, Texas. The driver and passenger now sit in power-adjustable Wise Guys bucket seats Hatfield recovered in buff cashmere UltraLeather. Under the dash lies a custom center console wrapped in the same material. An Alpine AM/FM/XM/CD head unit provides a little ambiance when the mood strikes. The same matching leather also found its way onto the door panels, armrests, sunvisors, headliner, and back panel. A tasteful amount of billet is spread throughout the inside of the cabin in the form of A/C vent covers, door handles, column mount, stalk knobs, and center console cubbyhole surround.
Three years is a long but all-too-normal build time. Over the course of the build, Billy got help from a very talented group of people and companies to turn his '53 Ford F-100 into a stunner. So far he has garnered awards at the Goodguys Lonestar Nationals and the 2007 F-100 Supernationals. Billy wanted to pass along special thanks to Marvin Cherney for "his outstanding paint, body, fabrication, advice, and hundreds of hours of never-ending patience." In the last 10 years Billy has been able to build the cars he has had a passion for over his lifetime. We look forward to seeing what Billy comes up with over the next 10 years.