If you're around customs enough, over time you tend to see a lot of repetitious changes. You look at a truck once, start a mental inventory of the obvious mods, and say to yourself: "Seen it." Having spent practically his entire life building cars, Glenn Bogle has become uniquely adept at making modifications that those who aren't wise to the reality of the situation might miss. His '84 F-150 shortbed is the perfect case in point. At first glance you might just be tempted to think it only has a few tweaks here and there. But as you get closer and take a few walks around this deceptive Ford, you'll notice there's more than meets the eye.
Around 1990, Glenn's father gave him this truck as a secondary means of transportation. True to his nature, Glenn was eventually compelled to turn this truck into a true head-turner. The first thing Glenn got the itch to do was address the paint and body. Initially, Glenn had planned to do an all-black paint job, but then he got to thinking about how it would look with purple scallops. He added some PPG Blue Pearl to the Plum Crazy base and laid out what many people can't believe is a paint job done in 1994.
And you can bet that the body mods don't stop there. Glenn changed the latches to accommodate a '91 F-150 tailgate, which gives the rear a more flush appearance, as opposed to the recessed look of the original. The smoked lenses and way the paint is laid out hide the taillights so well that it causes some to ask Glenn: "Where are your brake lights?" He also added a third brake light out of a Nissan Sentra. Also, the Escort outside mirrors are so unobtrusive, they look as if they were made specifically for the truck. After seeing a coworker's Dodge Ram, Glenn got to thinking how its headlights would look on his. After making his own brackets and parking-light lenses, he installed the '92 Ram headlights, which seamlessly blend into the front fascia. Glenn removed the license-plate recession in the front bumper and grafted in a piece to continue the streamlined look. Look below that and you'll find the Lexus parking lights molded into the lower tubing-all created by Glenn.
The chassis mods and stance might give gawkers the idea that it's hiding a Mustang II suspension underneath, but don't be fooled. Upon inspecting the frontend as it previously existed, Glenn wanted to keep the I-beam, but make everything sit a little lower. He discovered that by bringing the '91 F-150 beams up 1 inch in the crossmember, moving the radius arms from the bottom of the frame to the side of the frame, and clipping a coil out of the springs, he could accomplish the same effect in ride height. In order to prevent any tire grinding, Glenn clearanced the inner fender structure and made his own closure panels so the look is clean and functional. With 1-inch blocks in the C-notched rear (now complete with a 9-inch), the truck finally sits where Glenn likes it. The 18x7-inch (front) and 20x8-inch (rear) Torq-Thrusts wrapped in Kumho rubber are icing on the cake.