Body mods on the 50-year-old sheetmetal began by repairing the ravages of the New England winters that took their toll on the doors. Patch panels brought them back to like-new condition, while the rounded corners added a custom touch. Re-manufactured front fenders and 3-inch wider rear fenders give the truck its aggressive stance. Details include an inset radio antenna, chrome trim around the windshield, and modern HID headlights that light the way to nighttime shows. LED lights in the bedrails and LED taillights replace the originals. Hidden stainless steel hinges modernize the tailgate and the relocated gas filler in the passenger-side rear fender keeps the lines smooth, while the Ford step plates on the running boards continue the Blue Oval theme. Inside the pickup bed there's a new Dennis Carpenter oak floor with stainless steel strips, as well as the custom-made wooden storage box detailed with the Ford logo.
Paint was next. Paul chose PPG Laser Red enhanced with a tinted clearcoat and gold micro sequins for sparkle. Several friends assisted in the painting project, beginning with David Zipple, a graphic artist who helped to lay out the flames on the hood. Paul and Russ Thompson in Folkston, Georgia, teamed up to shoot the Gold Chrome Illusion paint. Bill Lockhart built the custom front-tilt hood, now trimmed for the blower, employing it as the perfect canvas to display the new flame paint job.
The interior changes began with the bench seat from Rod Doors, which was upholstered in Camel and Butterscotch tuck 'n' roll Ultra Leather on the seats, door panels, sunvisors, and headliner. Stitched by Ocala Custom Upholstery, even the Grant steering wheel is wrapped in matching leather. A Vintage Air A/C unit was added to the dash along with an ididit stainless steel tilt column and a set of Dolphin gauges. The Lokar shifter activates the three-speed Turbo 400 automatic with shift kit. Making road trips even more fun, the Kenwood stereo fills the cab with music, using speakers mounted in the kick panels and behind the seats.
What does the future hold for this 25-year member of the family? Plans call for a new paint job in a year or so-but, mechanically, Paul couldn't be happier and plans to enjoy his quarter-century hobby more every day.