About a year ago, we got a phone call from a reader in the town of Welch, in the northeast corner of Oklahoma. It was Gary Graham calling to tell us about his ’53 F-100, undergoing a complete frame-off teardown and buildup. The truck was still very much “in progress” at the time, but the enthusiasm was already noticeable in Gary’s voice. Since our first conversation, the Ford has been finished.
The framerails were modified with a Chrysler front end, but the pickup is Ford powered. The engine compartment houses a no-nonsense four-barrel-fed 429 backed by a C6 transmission equipped with a shift kit. The interior was completely updated with two-tone leather-wrapped high-back seats, aftermarket steering wheel and tilt column, Vintage Air A/C, and power windows. Exterior modifications include the removal of handles, locks, and brightwork, one-piece tinted sideglass, and that hard-to-miss silver and blue two-tone paint.
Gary’s come a long way with his fine ’53. The only place left to go is the road and we figure Gary’s got a few trips planned.
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