Across the board, the '48 F-1 was the Ford Motor Company's first really new postwar vehicle. it was not until June 1948 that the company would introduce a totally new replacement for their line of passenger cars. Since it's likely no one bought this magazine to read about cars, we'll skip right past all the boring details about stock cars and jump right into discussing alvin McCoy's '48 F-1, which was built by the folks at Vintage Specialties of gettysburg, pennsylvania. The saga of al's '48 began 15 years prior to commissioning Vintage Specialties to complete the three-year build. During this 15-year period, al acquired three different F-1s and then stashed away the best parts until he had the makings of the '48 of his dreams.
The backbone of the ppg Candy apple Red pickup is a Fatman Fabrications' new construction chassis equipped with a Fatman Mustang ii power rack-and-pinion steering guiding 17-inch Foose nitrous wheels suspended from Fatman spindles and stainless steel upper and lower control arms. at the '48's aft, a 9-inch Ford rearend packing 3.07:1 gears twists a pair of 18-inch Foose nitrous wheels. The four meats in between the Foose wheels and the road are bFg g-Force KdW T/as. Working from the rear forward, a stainless steel 20-gallon Rock Valley fuel tank is plumbed with stainless steel lines that supply an lT-1 Corvette engine built by alvin's brother Charles, a general Motors technician. after punching the lT-1 out 0.30 over, the engine was reassembled and power enhanced with Sanderson headers dumping into a custom stainless steel exhaust system fabricated by Will Matthews at Vintage Specialties. For embellishments, the lT-1 features a complement of polished billet goodies from Street & performance, including ball-milled valve covers. Additional underhood detailing includes Taylor plug wires and chrome radiator hoses from Cool-Flex. a custom-made driveshaft from Cook brothers of Scranton, pennsylvania, transmits the power from the lokar-shifted 4l60e automatic tranny to the 9-inch Ford rearend.
Before the '48 could be mated to the Fatman chassis, the crew at Vintage Specialties reworked the cab by recessing and shaving the firewall-and replaced the floorpan and rear wall. The cowl vent and gas filler were shaved as well, getting the major modifications out of the way. From the cab, the focus moved rearward to a pro's pick bed flanked with fiberglass fenders from Fairlane Company. Within the bedsides, the stock floor was redone in red oak with fully polished stainless steel runners and hidden latches, all from dennis Carpenter of Charlotte, north Carolina. getting the '48 ready for paint was a long journey, with no room for error. it was Vintage Specialties' master painter brian phillips who laid down a super-slick, streak-free Candy apple Red paintjob, which no doubt was a major factor in winning alvin's '48 the "F-1 of the year" at Knoxville in 2007.
With the exterior pretty much in hand, the next step was to move inside and take care of the interior. John Sterner at Statler's auto Upholstery in gettysburg stitched everything from the '97 Chrysler lhS seats to the door panels and headliner in optimal leather-and chamois accenting here and there with Skin-Tech ostrich. Working outward from the Dakota digital gauges housed in a billet cluster, a fully chromed ididit steering column is home to a billet Specialties steering wheel. For passenger safety, a Juliano's three-point shoulder harness was installed. behind the firewall and behind the dashboard, a Ron Francis wiring harness connects to wipers from new port engineering. There's also a '50 lincoln radio upgraded to aM/ FM and Mp3 by bob's Radio of oceano, California. no truck of this caliber is complete without air-conditioning. alvin's choice was a Sure-Fit kit from Vintage air. an interesting touch to the door panels was the use of a reproduction F-1 emblem from dennis Carpenter to create the feel of a factory custom.
When we spotted alvin's '48 at the 2007 F-100 Supernationals, he had just rolled in from picking the truck up at Vintage Specialties. he went on to say the completed '48 was the culmination of a 20-year dream and that thanks to his wife patricia and the crew (John and Susie Matthews, Will Matthews, Jamie Matthews, ed gonder, Roy Snyder, Curt plant, brian phillips) at Vintage Specialties it was fulfilled big-time.