Since big power underhood translates to big fun for the right foot, the team opted for one of the aftermarket’s biggest. Moving considerably quicker now than it did when it left the factory, the vintage F-100 runs a 521ci big-block built by Doug Herbert of Herbert Performance in Lincolnton, North Carolina. The original 460 block was stroked, using a SCAT rotating assembly kit that included a SCAT crank and rods along with dished Mahle pistons that create a 10:1 compression ratio, about the upper limit for pump gas. The Edelbrock 669 Victor Junior aluminum heads were ported and polished to ensure free breathing. Then to create the optimum fuel/air mix, they topped the big V-8 with a Weiand tunnel ram intake and a pair of 600cfm Holley carburetors. An MSD Blaster II coil amplifies the spark and the ready-to-run, Pro-Billet distributor directs precisely timed explosions to each cylinder through Street Fire wires. As for scavenging, Bill says “We got lucky with the headers. They are Hooker’s 460 engine swap headers designed for Fox-body Mustangs. We just had to do a little modification on the driver side to make them fit. The steering shaft fits right between the header tubes.” An H-pipe and Cherry Bomb Extreme mufflers completed the package. The high performance motor sends an estimated 650 hp to the TCI-modified Ford C-6, three-speed automatic, equipped with a TCI shift kit and set at a 3800 stall speed.

Bodywork was next and Bill replaced the lower portions of the doors, the cab corners, the floorpan, and the firewall. The tailgate was modified slightly and the chains eliminated but virtually all the original dimensions of the truck remain intact. Although they discussed chopping the top, both men decided that they liked the distinctive roof line with its slanted A-pillar. “To me,” Bill told us, “that’s what makes this truck.” Continuing the theme, the taillights are factory replicas, the grille is a show-chromed ’56, and the original style bumpers were retained but tucked in closer to the body. The bed is covered in red oak, stained with a Green Sage tint and accented with poplar strips instead of traditional stainless steel. Rather than build their own wheel tubs for the bed—cutting, grinding, and repainting—they opted for some ready-made versions, (the only Chevrolet part on the truck!). Billet Specialties 15-inch diameter Street Lite rims got the truck rolling with fat, 12-inch wide rims and Mickey Thompson rubber in the rear (29x 18) along with slim 6-inch wide rims and M/T rubber (26x8) up front.

The beautiful interior was a team effort with Bill and Nelson handling the carpet, the dash, the door panels, the rear cab wall, headliner, and kick panels. The billet instrument panel on the dash holds a full complement of back lit, Auto Meter NV gauges while the Lecarra wheel and Lokar shifter keeps the driver in close touch. Crow heavy duty seatbelts keep driver and passenger in place. Billy’s Trim Shop in Panama City restored the original bench seat, reinforcing the springs and covering it in gray leather. At this point, there is no stereo in the truck, but the authoritative rumble of the Cherry Bomb mufflers makes up for it. The final step was paint, accomplished by Chris House in Crestview, Florida. Chris sprayed the beautiful PPG Silver Sage Metallic, inspired by the color on Chip Foose’s award-winning Grand Master.