A full-length custom console separates the seats and houses the one-off shifter handle. The ’56 F-100 arch-shaped dash was kept intact, and a custom instrument panel was filled with a full range of Auto Meter gauges. The steering wheel is a Billet Specialties Stiletto model on a polished tilt column.
Take a close look at the bodywork on Ralph’s F-100. Mirrors have been removed, door handles and emblems have been shaved, and the gaps are consistent, but there have been no radical alterations made to the factory lines—just some simple, smart ones. The vent windows were eliminated in favor of one-piece glass, and front and rear bumpers were cleaned up and pulled in as close as possible to the body. The rear bumpers were also modified to contain the taillights.
The paint colors were chosen conservatively (using the two most popular paint colors), but applied creatively. The PPG paint was sprayed at RMD Garage. A neutral pinstripe separates the red from the dark gray. The curved drop in color in the center of the doors mimics the back of the front fenders and helps visually tie the bed to the body.
The tires and wheels are the most modern elements of the exterior. Ralph went big. These 22- and 24-inch Asanti wheels leave just enough room inside the fenders for low-profile rubber. These are Pirelli P Zero Nero performance radials measuring 265/30ZR22 and 285/30ZR24.
Ralph and his crew at RMD Garage had the F-100 finished in a quick six months. “I really wanted this particular build to showcase our in-house talents,” Ralph explained. “The end result totally surpassed my initial expectations.” Considering that his goal was “a one-of-a-kind custom truck that would be beyond amazing,” we’d say his expectations were pretty high to begin with. We’d also say he got his wish. At the prestigious Grand National Roadster Show the truck won awards for Truck of the Year and Best In Class.