Our family inheritance isn't just limited to what's left in the will (assuming we haven't made anyone mad enough to be excluded from it). It's also personality traits and preferences we pick up from our elders. Many of us can credit our taste in cars and trucks to what our parents drove growing up. Sometimes, not often, they hang onto those early means of transportation long enough for us to breathe new life into something that was headed for an early retirement.
Kyle Sims got bitten by the truck bug early in life. His dad Russell bought this 1968 Ford F-100 brand new and he often got to sit on his lap and drive it. As he got older, he became interested in the mini-truckin' scene, but eventually he became enamored with a lot of the old-school stuff he grew up with. In about 1995, the old F-100 had racked up some 300,000 miles and the tough but tired 360 was too worn out to pass emissions. So it sat...and sat...and sat, until Kyle's daily-driver Toyota pickup was totaled in a wreck and a new means of transportation was in order. He saved up his dough, got the old V-8 rebuilt, and began the truck's next iteration.
Borrowing styling queues from his mini-truck days, he decided to lower the original I-beams, but that didn't quite get the truck's nose in the dirt like he wanted. Eventually the old front suspension was tossed in favor of a JW Rod Garage Mustang II unit. The rear frame was C-notched to drop it down and accommodate a four-link from Thorbros. GM disc brakes were added up front along with an 1988-94 T-bird power steering rack. Originally, Kyle had larger 20-inch wheels on the truck, but in a nod to the Cragars it used to ride on when his dad had it, he opted for 15x7 Astro Supremes.
The smooth bed was done up by Kyle and his dad and took about six months. Thanks to an industrial sheetmetal brake at his dad's work, he was able to tub the rear and create a raised bed floor that opens to show off the 1965 Mustang gas tank and Slam Specialties bags. The door handles were shaved along with the cargo light, antenna, and emblems, along with a welded-in back seam, hood seam, bed seams, gas filler, and stake pockets. Because dad originally had the truck in red, Kyle wanted to continue that tradition with a coat of House of Kolor Brandywine Candy.
The revitalized 360 and C6 trans still power the truck, and the motor has been given a Holley carb and Edelbrock air cleaner. Hey, it was good for 300k the first time around, why mess with a good thing? Inside the dash has been smoothed out to remove the old radio and heater controls, and been given new gauges from Omega in a Doc's Kustom bezel, an ididit column, Lokar shifter, and Mooneyes steering wheel. Chuck Booth redid the interior in red metalflake and black vinyl to carry out the color-consistent theme.
Now in its second life, Kyle's "baby" as he likes to call it is out there racking up plenty of miles and show appearances. Dad was a little hesitant at first, thinking he was going to hack up the truck beyond recognition, but thankfully he stayed pretty true to form with some modern touches that we think suit the old Effie just fine. Now they just get to argue over who gets to drive it.