When it comes to Darren and Raylund Peterman's '55 F-100, one can't help but think about the Pepsi commercial set to The Who's "My Generation." The commercial shows Pepsi through the generations, and that no matter what society looks like, or the can, Pepsi has been enjoyed by all. Well, if one was to substitute this Ford for Pepsi, you would see that it has been through four generations of the same family. And although the truck may have changed a time or two, one thing is for sure, it has been enjoyed by all.
The roots of Darren and Raylund Peterman's '55 F-100 run deep. Originally the truck was bought brand new in 1955 by Darren's great-grandfather, and now more than 50 years later it rests in the hands of Darren. Although the truck was always lined up to fall into Darren's hands, it wasn't until a few years back that things transpired. Shortly after attending a local show, Darren and his father, Raylund, decided to embark on a journey for the ages and build the Ford in the family garage.
Raylund and Darren figured the best way to start things off would be to create a solid foundation. With the frame in its bare bones package, they began by boxing it. From there the father/son duo ordered and installed a Fatman Fabrications Mustang II IFS setup with coilover shocks. A set of pirated disc brakes from a '78 Ford Granada completed the frontend overhaul. In place of the stock leaf springs out back is a Heidts four-link setup that complements the IFS with excellent handling and comfort. Once again, a set of coilover shocks were used out back as well, and a 9-inch from a '77 Lincoln now calls the chassis home. Raylund and Darren also picked up a gas tank from an '89 Ford van, (notice the Ford-in-a-Ford theme!) but before it could be installed between the rails it needed to be narrowed 5 inches. For true-blue enthusiasts, what better powerplant is there than a 351 Windsor? Exactly, and that's why they picked up an '89 351 Windsor and had Wikle Performance Specialties bore the 351 engine 0.060-over and rebuild the bottom end. From there a set of GT-40 heads and a polished GT-40 intake manifold where placed atop the 351. Induction is channeled through a custom Spectre intake system with a 70mm MAF sensor. Allowing the hopped-up 351 to exhale are Sanderson headers mated to a Flowmaster exhaust system. Backing the 351 is an '89 Ford C6, which has been rebuilt by Flip-O-Matic Racing Transmissions, and outfitted with a Lokar shifter.
Being that the Ford has been in the family since Ike was in office, Darren and Raylund weren't about to change the look so drastically that it would be unrecognizable. However, mixing in a touch of the times was definitely in the cards. For starters, badges and emblems were left in 1955. Continuing on, they began filling body seams to carry on the new sleek and stylish look. When Darren's great-grandfather bought the truck new it was employed as an everyday piece of farm equipment, and so the bed wasn't in too good of shape. Therefore, a new Pro's Pick bed assembly was ordered and assembled. Along with the new bed came a roll pan and billet taillights. At this point, Raylund began massaging the Ford to showroom condition. When dad was finished, Darren stepped in and shot the Ford in a striking Sherwin-Williams Prowler Orange. Finishing off the look is a set of Budnik rims, 18x8 up front and 20x10 out back, wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber, 255/55s in the front and 265/50s in the rear.
Inside the cab is just more Peterman work. Darren and Raylund based the interior around a '69 Chevy bench seat that has been cut, narrowed, and altered to accommodate the Ford's cab. Once fabricated, Darren upholstered the seat in tan and bone leather. He also stitched the Rod Doors door panels while he was at it. In the meantime, Raylund was busy installing the Painless wiring kit, Dakota Digital dash, Vintage Air A/C, and more. Not wanting to cut up the dash, they also installed a Secret Audio stereo system with a JBL subwoofer and amp. A custom fiberglass center console was built as well. In the end, the project that was supposed to be done in a few years, so Darren could drive the truck to his senior prom, ended up taking more than 11 years! Yet, we somehow feel that the father and son team feel it was definitely worth the wait.