Body work began by reassembling the scattered pieces. From the cab forward, the truck retains most of its original Ford dimensions but there are lots of subtle changes. The cowl vent and seams were welded shut, door handles and drip rails were eliminated, one-piece door glass installed, and the gas filler was moved to the bed. A special touch is the new split rear window, using a second donor cab. They cut the rear windows out, swapped sides, and created the unique split window. The original bed was too far gone so a new one was fabricated from sheet metal, designed 10 inches longer than stock for aesthetics and to accommodate the 40-gallon fuel cell, mounted behind the rear axle for weight distribution. The extra length makes a distinctive change to the Ford’s profile and the rear is accented with reworked Corvette bumpers, meticulously contoured to fit. The tailgate uses polished stainless steel inside to create a mirror finish. Outside, the Ford script was cut from a donor ’36 Ford pickup, then molded into the ’53 tailgate. Each of the rear fenders is actually a pair of OEM fenders, joined together to cover the steamroller-wide rear tires that almost qualify for separate ZIP codes. The Stevenson’s chose to “tub out” rather than in, adding to the aggressive look of the truck. To accommodate the new wider rear fenders, the expanded running boards were created from a single piece of sheet metal. Modern LED taillights and a center brake light continue the new millennium updates.

The interior is beautifully done, featuring BMW power bucket seats and a hand built center console and door panels, stitched by Street Seats in New Port Richey. The camel colored leather is glove soft, pampering the occupants. An Auto Meter Cobalt gauge cluster resides in a custom ball-milled aluminum panel, stretched 4 inches, then chromed. A three-inch panel was added to the bottom of the dash for aesthetics and to conceal the Vintage Air, A/C components. Welding the ashtray and glove box shut and eliminating knobs cleaned up the dash while the Speedway steering wheel on an ididit column keeps the driver in close touch. Hot trucks need cool tunes and the stereo system begins with a Panasonic touch screen/CD player in the dash, feeding 6.5-inch Kicker component sets in the kick panels, 4x6 versions in the rear quarters, and a single Kicker 12-inch L7 sub in the center console. A pair of 2000 watt, Kicker amps are inset into the rear cab wall. The system looks good and sounds even better.

The perfect finishing touch was spraying the lustrous House of Kolor Cobalt Blue. What does this father-son team do now that the eight year “All Ford, All Steel” build is over? “Besides looking at it a lot,” Benny said smiling, “Beau and I take it to car shows and we enjoy sharing the experience.” Great trucks don’t occur in a vacuum. The Stevensons would like to send special thanks to engine builder Robert Lizzi, Tony Spagna for his sheet metal work, Glenn Webster for chassis setup, and Jimmy for initial bodywork and alignment. CCT