The interior was upgraded and contemporized, but kept clean. The '92 Ford F-150 seats were shortened 11/2 inches; Jesse's Upholstery in Saticoy, California, covered them in two-tone gray leather and suede. The carpet is square weave wool and the headliner is suede. Auto Meter gauges fill the perforated aluminum dashpanel. The Budnik Stiletto wheel is mounted on an ididit tilt column. Controls for the Vintage Air system are hidden underneath the dash. Ellery Engel Restorations in Piru, California, filled the glovebox, ashtray, and radio, and speaker.
Ellery Engel did a lot of sheetmetal work on the exterior as well, soda-blasting the cab and bed and replacing the rusted cab floors. Emblems were removed, and the cowl vent and stake pockets and seams were filled. Both bumpers were narrowed and pulled in closer to the body. All moldings and the '66 grille were refinished by DMP Enterprises in Chatsworth. The steel bed floor was replaced by a custom oak floor with polished stainless strips, supported by a structure fabricated at Walton Fabrication, and a '67 tailgate was added. The original Marlin Blue was replaced with a silver, white, and blue combination shot by Saticoy Auto Body & Paint in Saticoy, California, using DuPont Chroma base and clear. Mike Venditto from Chatsworth performed the pinstriping.
The 3-month freshen-up ended up stretching into a 31/2-year project, but the result is an updated classic that's winning awards all over the place without losing its identity as the kind of real-world, street-driven truck we like. The only downside to the whole thing is that Rob says his wife and daughter don't want to drive the truck now, "for fear of a rock chip or a door ding!"
Rob's F-100 before the transformation.
Rob did the wiring himself. This panel behind the seat contains the Ron Francis Express ki
Illustrator Mike Miernik from Miernik Design helped Rob envision the new look for his old