Ever notice how this whole hot rod truck thing seems to run in families? Brian Kubiak has been a "car guy" his whole life and it seems the other half of the family on his wife Becky's side has a strong car connection too. As a matter of fact, Becky's uncle, Gerald Hays, was a longtime custom car builder with a string of cool cars dating back to the '60s. Hays started this project in the mid-'80s but never finished the truck. It was rolled back in the corner of his shop, and then when Hays moved away from the Austin, Texas area, the truck was put in storage.
In the late '90s, Hays called Brian and told him that he decided to sell the '56 F-100 and asked if he would get it out of storage and handle the sale for him. Brian headed to the storage unit with the intent of retrieving the truck and putting it up for sale. As it turns out, Brian would be both the seller and the buyer that day. After spending a couple hours cleaning the truck up, he knew he had to own and finish this truck.
Brian admits that Gerald Hays made him a "great deal" on the truck and now it was time to finish this project. The F-100 was already rolling on a Hays-built chassis with full independent suspension. Up front, a Chevelle clip had been grafted to the stock frame, while out back, a '78 Corvette rear suspension was in place. The truck was set up for a small-block Chevrolet engine and a 700R4 transmission. So you can see a lot of the big work had been completed on the project.
Outside, the top had been chopped, the door corners rounded, and the driprails shaved. Door handles were also eliminated in the process and the popular forward opening hood was in place. After getting the truck home, Brian spent the next couple of years accumulating parts to complete the project. The '85 Chevy small-block remains stock with the addition of a mild cam, an Edelbrock carburetor, and an Air-Gap-polished intake manifold being the only modifications. The motor is coupled to a 700R4 with gear selection coming from a column-mounted shifter.
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After enough parts were acquired to complete the truck, it became apparent that an infusion of cash was going to be required to finish it to Brian's high expectations. To that end, the '66 Nova he'd been driving provided the capital to bring the truck to Terry Deck at TD Airbrush Works in Cedar Creek, Texas, for finishing. Terry converted the existing suspension to air bags, installed the bed, added power windows, and upholstered the door panels and headliner to match the existing early '90s era Chevrolet pickup truck seat. Gerald Hays had already completed the bodywork on the truck so after blocking out the truck to the laser straight level required for black, Terry laid down the paint and then topped it off with a very unique set of flames. The flames are interesting because they incorporate the traditional flame pattern with a set of negative black flames leading the way into contemporary wild fire flames done in green. This concept was a collaboration between Terry and Brian, and the results speak for themselves. The flames are extremely effective on the truck and lend plenty of hot rod flavor without distracting the eye from the great silhouette of the hammered F-100.
On the inside, a '56 Crown Victoria sacrificed it's dashboard for the cause, a great modification that makes you take pause and wonder whether or not it is a stock dash-Stewart-Warner gauges fill the engine-turned dash, and the custom-built A/C system was built by Gerald Hays. While this work was going on, Brian was busy building the custom tailgate out of Lexan and aluminum.
As the truck was being sanded and buffed to final perfection, the all-critical wheel and tire choice was made. Because F-100's have large fender openings, a set of big and bigger American Torque Thrust wheels wrapped with G-Force TA radials was the necessary choice. The 18-inch wheels up front and 20-inch rear wheels look right at home filling those big Ford truck fender openings.
And so almost twenty-five years after the truck was put on the back burner by Gerald Hays, Brian and Becky Kubiak rolled the sinister black F-100 out into the Texas sunlight and took to the road. The fact that this truck is both contemporary and classic is a tribute to Gerald Hays' original vision and Brian Kubiak's ability to complete that vision, proving that a hot and hammered hauler will always be popular. The fact that it is a driver just makes it all that much better.
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