Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Zach Garcia has been engulfed in the custom culture. Being that he's the ripe old age of 22, he missed the custom craze of the '50s and '60s. However, the images captured of the time by many a camera were enough to stimulate his mindset to try and revive the past with creations of his own. For that reason, his trucks and cars represent the mindset and persona of something that would have been seen roaming the streets of Wichita way back when.
Now the next few lines will strike tones of either blasphemy or cheers of joy, but believe it or not Zach isn't a Ford guy whatsoever. Being raised on Chevys, he has always stayed true to the Bow Tie. But sometimes the right truck at the right price will sway anyone's loyalties, including Zach's. When one of Zach's buddies disclosed to him he was putting his '67 F-150 on the market, Zach was all ears. Before too long the Ford was Zach's first venture into the land of the Blue Oval. Now, just because Zach was trespassing in foreign lands didn't mean he would stray from his ways, therefore he approached the build just as he would any other; by turning this Ford into a mild '60's custom.
Zach wanted the Ford to sit low, way low, so he knew the chassis would have to undergo some major changes. For starters, the twin I-beam suspension had to go. To cure that problem Zach picked up a subframe from a '72 Ford LTD. Before he stuffed it under the hood the frame was Z'd heavily. Because of the gnarly kick in the frame all Zach had to do was graft the subframe to the F-150's frame and cut a few coils from the front springs to get the stance where he wanted it. The LTD stub also equipped the Ford with disc brakes. Out back, the frame received a similar overhaul. To complement the front ride height the rear rails received a deep C-notch. From there a set of de-arched '97 Chevy Tahoe leaf springs were nestled into place. Along with the new springs came a '96 Ford Explorer rearend that too was outfitted with disc brakes. The crowning touch to dial in the rear ride height is a set of air shocks.
Being that Zach has already stepped out of his comfort zone by drifting into Ford country he figured he'd go all out. He picked up a fuel-injected 302 out of an early '90's 5.0 Fox-bodied Mustang. The only problem was Zach isn't exactly an expert on fuel injection; therefore he retreated to his roots and installed an Edelbrock intake manifold with an Edelbrock carburetor atop the 302. Other go-fast parts include an MSD ignition and BBK headers. Backing the 302 is a C6 automatic tranny. Putting things in gear is done via a new Gennie shifter.
Years of abuse left the body of the Ford as haggard and worn out as Keith Richards'! Because of it Zach had no choice but to start fixing dents, dings, and rust rot. From there the hood was pulled and 250 louvers were punched in it. Excess emblems and molding holes were filled and smoothed. Up front a new LMC bumper found a home, while a Sir Michael's roll pan edged its way into the rear. Even after all this work the idea of a owning a Ford still didn't sit right with Zach, therefore he decided something needed to be done. Being that he built the Ford his way, he figured it was no longer Ford's vision of the F-150; therefore he revised the plan and dubbed his creation the "DORF." He solidified this by smoothing the front of the hood and rearranging the logo to read "DORF." In the rear he cut out each letter in the tailgate and then welded them back in place to read "DORF." Zach then coated the body in a luscious DuPont Frost Turquoise with an Artic White top. Bringing the picture to life was the addition of 15-inch chrome reversed wheels with spider caps. Broadway Classics skinny whites really put the look of the chrome reversed wheels right at home.
Inside the truck is more metal and custom touches. Zach began by removing the dashpad and then smoothing the dash. From there the interior received hints of turquoise and white throughout. Resting behind the aluminum steering wheel is a custom dash insert Zach made. He began by hitting the aluminum insert with a 1/4-inch grinder. Once the design was achieved the insert was sprayed with a mix of DuPont clear and vivid white pearl. The outcome is an awesome, unique look. Equos gauges line the custom insert. The '67 seat was upholstered in black vinyl with a tuck 'n' roll theme, and black carpet matches the seat. Lastly, Chad Ward came in and added his pinstriping all throughout the interior. Now Zach may not be a self-proclaimed Ford guy, but the last thing he did with this '67 is sell it short.