Barn find. Farm truck. We hear these terms associated with classic trucks so often, that they've become passé. But when it comes to Andy Houghtelin's '60 Ford, these words aren't simple clichés used to describe a truck's previous state, they're spot-on accurate.

Andy spotted the truck in a place many of us frequent these days when we're trying to avoid certain responsibilities or dream up a reason to purchase a new project: Craigslist. It was a working farm truck in the Central California town of Tulare, not far from Bakersfield, where he and his wife Mary lived. The owner had driven the truck until it reached the end of its useful life, where it was then parked in a barn on the owner's property. With plans of rebuilding it dashed from his mind, it was placed up for sale, which is where Andy's history with the truck begins.

What Andy found was a solid hulk of a truck, with nary a sign of rot or rust, and a very tired, half-installed Ford 302 engine. It was exactly what Andy was looking for.

Andy's build started off in a rather benign manner, but that soon changed after a visit to Ironworks Speed & Kustom, a local Bakersfield shop that has made quite a name for itself in the custom world by building some incredible vehicles. The conversation with the guys at Ironworks quickly transformed from that of a few sheetmetal modifications to a full-on hot rod build. Once Andy green lit the project, the guys were fast on his heels tearing into the truck, excited about the prospect.

With such a solid foundation in which to build upon, the Ironworks crew first turned their attention to the chassis. That old Ford buggy-sprung suspension would have to go. In its place, a custom IFS setup was fabricated, sprung by a pair of RideTech coilover shocks, with big six-piston Wilwood brakes at either end, mated via an AGR power rack and pinion. Behind the custom IFS, Ironworks fabricated a tubular center section to add structural integrity to the Ford frame while giving the guys a solid foundation in which to mount the transmission. Farther aft, there lies a Ford 9-inch rearend with upgraded internals thanks to Currie Enterprises before being hung from a pair of RideTech coilover shocks under the modified frame kickup. Wilwood discs also sit out back, plumbed to a matching firewall-mounted booster/master cylinder combo. Rolling stock comes by way of Michelin tires mounted on Budnik Muroc 4 wheels, 19x8s up front and 20x9s out back.

Under the hood, Andy opted to replace the worn out 302 with something a bit more contemporary, even if it is from a rival marque. A 2001 GM LS1 engine fit the bill perfectly, as the venerable 5.7L powerplant is known for making power easily and reliably. The engine was left relatively stock while the aesthetic of the engine bay received the most attention, which includes a pair of custom inner fender panels and firewall. A 4L60E mates to the back of the block and delivers the power in a more manageable fashion, making the Effie an equally economical cruiser and ground-pounding bruiser.

Before Palmers Paint and Body could shoot the PPG Cappuccino paint, the crew at Ironworks had a laundry list of sheetmetal modifications still to perform. First, the hood needed to be extended toward the grille to reduce the gap between the two while the air inlets were enlarged. The front bumper was also modified and tucked in tighter against the front sheetmetal. The body seams were welded up, the front driprails removed from the cab, bed stake pockets were filled and the rails rolled under, and a pair of '68 Chevy Nova bumpers were used to make one custom rear bumper. Marquez '70 Camaro taillights flank the modified Ironworks tailgate, which is equipped with custom hinges and latches. Behind it sits the Zebra bed wood installed by Arnold Lawrence at Quality Refinishing.

Inside the truck, the same attention to detail abounds. Mocha Italian distressed leather covers a majority of the passenger compartment, including the modified stock bench seat and door panels. Stitch by Stich Custom Designs in Yucaipa, California, handled the upholstery duties, including the installation of the German square-weave carpet and wool headliner. Ironworks massaged the dash, omitting the items no longer needed and adding those that were, like the Vintage Air vents and climate controls. A Billet Specialties steering wheel atop an ididit tilt column mounts in the stock location, just below a set of Auto Meter gauges installed in the original insert.

Since its completion, Andy and the guys at Ironworks have been using the truck for its original intention: hauling goods. But this time 'round, instead of hauling produce to the market, they're hauling trophies home from car shows across the country; taking home the Trick Truck Award at the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a Builders Choice Award at the Goodguys Del Mar Nats in Southern California. Sounds like a good start to what will no doubt be a long line of success between man and machine.