Ted Quinn lives in Ontario, Canada, in the summer, in Arizona in the winter, and drives his 1966 Ford F-100 year-round, all over the place. The truck came out of a farm-machine repair yard in Phoenix, but it wasn’t the one that first caught his eye. That one was a 1939 Ford. After inquiring if the early truck was for sale, he was rudely informed that it wasn’t, and to get lost. After three years of watching the truck sit neglected, Ted took a deep breath and went back, asked again and got the same answer. This time, however, a woman working there led him to a red 1966 in the machine yard that might be for sale.
The same man who had kicked Ted out three years earlier told him that he would have to get in touch with the truck’s owner. Using the old principle of repaying crankiness with kindness, Ted promised the man that if he got the truck, he would buy him a bottle of whiskey. “Not whiskey!” the man snapped back. “Tequila!”
“I finally reached the owner, who said the truck was for sale,” Ted said. After a volley of “What do you want for it” and “Make me an offer” exchanges, Ted threw out an amount: $500. That was a little light, the owner told him, and anyway someone else was interested—call back in a couple days.
A couple days later, the owner told Ted that he’d forgotten to call the other man. “Well, I guess you’re selling it to me then,” Ted answered. The owner said, “Not for $500,” but still insisted on an offer. Ted tried again. “How about $750?” “You got it!”
Ted was relieved to have that business over with, but he still had to get the truck out of the farmyard—which meant dealing with the cranky man. “This time, he greeted me with a smile and couldn’t do enough to help me, knowing that he had a little gift coming.”
When Ted got the truck home, he drove it for a while, but didn’t like the way it ran. The options were to sell it or rebuild it. Lucky for us, he decided on the second option—and with no shortcuts. That meant taking apart the whole truck to get at the project section by section, starting with the chassis. The factory F-100 frame has been kept in place, but was treated to all new suspension parts, including front and rear RideTech airbags and Monroe shocks. A four-link situates the original 9-inch rearend, and a Scott’s IFS system was mounted in the front, The result is a full-speed-ahead stance, but when it’s time to stop, Wilwood 13-inch discs at every corner make it happen quickly.
Ted was relieved to have that business over with, but he still had to get the truck out of the farmyard—which meant dealing with ...
A lot of work went into restoring the exterior, with Mike Roy stepping in to help with bodywork. The sheetmetal was stripped of all decorative trim pieces, as well as locks and door handles. Replacement front fenders were installed, and stainless custom inner wheelwells were added to dress up the engine compartment. The front was freshened up with a new chromed grille assembly and bumper. The doors got new hinges and bear claw latches, along with power windows.
The custom bed and tailgate are from Pro’s Pick. The rear license plate was frenched into the roll pan, and a pair of ’50 Pontiac taillights with LED lenses were frenched into the rear fenders. Ted installed the oak floor in the bed, where a Moon fuel tank was lettered with the name of the pickup: Simply Red. After the truck had been reassembled, it was turned over to John Morris in Sutton, Ontario, for paint, and came out of the booth finished in PPG Hot Red. Completing the exterior impression of Ted’s F-100 is a set of SLG60 five-spokes from Billet Specialties. Michelin blackwall radial tires were mounted on the 17-inch wheels.
The mirror finish on the inner wheelwells and the underside of the hood brightens and reflects the impressive engine compartment. There’s a Ford in this F-100, but it’s nothing ordinary. With horsepower in the 440 range and torque right there at 410 lb-ft, the Roush Engines’ fuel-injected 302ci crate engine is all business, but manages to keep up in the looks department as well. The Roush oval air cleaner cover and aluminum valve covers, plus a serpentine belt setup from Billet Specialties, add to the eye appeal. The ear appeal is handled by an exhaust combination of Flowmaster headers and Hushpower mufflers. The Gearstar AOD Level 3 transmission and torque converter can handle the horsepower (and more), and is operated by a Lokar shifter.
Now that the rest of Ted’s F-100 had its farmyard flavor replaced by street rod styling, it was time to apply the same to the interior. At Complete Upholstery in Beaverton, Ontario, Brian Locke modified a set of buckets from an ’04 Mustang to fit inside the cab, and then re-covered them in paint-matching red synthetic leather. Ted’s wife, Susan, stitched the stylized Q monogram into the upper seatbacks. The rest of the interior was saturated in red, contrasted by the polished aluminum Flaming River steering column and the spokes of the Chicayne wheel from Billet Specialties. The dash was filled with gauges from Auto Meter’s American Muscle line, in addition to the controls for the air suspension and Vintage Air Gen II Compac A/C system.
By the time Ted had the ’66 F-100 back on the road, eight years had slipped by and his build budget had grown to 100 times the original purchase price. That’s a lot of tequila, but the results demonstrate the value of the investment. So does Ted’s collection of show awards including one from the Goodguys Spring Nats in Scottsdale, another from the F-100 Supernationals in Pigeon Forge, and several Participants’ Choice and People’s Choice picks from various events where he’s shown off Simply Red.