When it comes to owning a classic truck, part of the fun of being a weekend warrior is getting out in the garage for a few hours and making some minor changes that will create a major improvement in how cool the truck appears before rolling it out for a Saturday or Sunday cruise.
The quickest and easiest way that I know of for fellow F-100 owners to bring out a little extra pizzazz in their old "Effie" is to remove its tarnished or broken emblems, and pop on a brand-new set. Of course, if a person has never changed the emblems on a Ford F-100 before, there are a few handy tips to know before blindly jumping in and accidently wasting something. The first step, and it's a "we make the mistakes at Custom Classic Trucks, so that our readers don't have to" kind of thing, is to be very careful when unwrapping newly arrived parts-and when storing them. When my new reproduction F-100 emblems arrived from Sacramento Vintage Ford Parts, they were perfectly packaged and survived the trip to SoCal without a blemish. One by one, I removed all of my shiny, new chrome goodies and did a lot of ooohh-ing and ahhh-ing before I stuffed them all back in the box. This is where it all went bad. A month later when I had a weekend to just goof off and mess around with my "Barn Find '56," I took everything out of the bubble wrap and discovered that the 100-degree-plus summer heat had imprinted the red paint on the F-100 hood blazes with a uniform series of deep pocks that matched the bubble wrap. Had I paid attention to how the parts were packaged when they arrived, there's a very good chance I wouldn't have ruined the paint. (Look for an upcoming story on how to repaint F-100 emblems.)
Ruining the paint on the emblems will be a slight goof compared to what can happen if a person screws up on the next steps. Removing and replacing the emblems is a real easy task, but losing one's patience and hurrying through the job can cause body damage to one's truck or, at the very least, snapping a new emblem in two. Job one is to raise the hood to the point it sits level and allows access to inside the hood. Once the hood has been propped up with something like the large Craftsman fillister blade screwdriver I utilized, the 1/41/4-28 SAE threaded nuts can be removed from the back of the hood emblem and F-100 blazes. Each emblem has two nuts, but only the hood blazes come with hardware. For the front hood emblem I reused the original 1/41/41/4-28 nuts from Ford. With the emblems removed, it's a good time to use a good cleaner wax like Mothers California Gold Carnuba Cleaner Wax to remove all of the dirt and wax buildup that forms behind the emblems. In the following captioned photos I've revealed some basic tips I believe will go a long way in helping a first-timer, or someone who needs to refresh their memory to do a first-class installation and then still have the rest of the weekend to cruise.