Electrical system
We added a set of halogen headlights to our truck and found out almost immediately that they would trip the circuit breaker in the switch. We'll be adding relays to resolve that issue and a larger-than-stock Powermaster alternator.

Suspension
We really want to lower our truck for appearance sake, but there are two concerns: Twin I-beam Fords, especially 3/4- and 1-tons, can be a challenge to drop, and we want to retain all the truck's load carrying capacity. This is one of the elements of the rebuild we haven't worked out. It will definitely get new shocks all around and maybe lose a few spring leafs in the rear to soften the ride, and get a pair of auxiliary air springs to handle heavy loads.

Brakes
Given the size of the stoppers that came on the truck, we'll probably just rebuild what's there.

Body
Fortunately, the body of our truck is in reasonably good shape. There are a few rust bubbles here and there, the inside of the bed needs help, and the tailgate is trash. We might just touch up the paint unless we have enough left over in the budget for a total resquirt.

Interior
The inside looks pretty good for a truck this age, but the plastic door panels are cracked and will be replaced. Our biggest concern is that the steering column is actually worn out and the steering wheel is ugly. We also want to get rid of the added gauges under the dash, but that will require having instruments we trust, which means the originals aren't an option.

Wheels and Tires
Our truck has 16-inch aftermarket wheels (the originals were 16.5), and while we're going to make a change, we haven't made the final decision on what will be used.

We obviously have a fairly extensive list of modifications scheduled for our Ford, and the obvious question is: Are such trucks worth the investment of time and money? From our viewpoint, the answer is absolutely. First off, all modifications don't have to be done at once-this is a truck that can be built as its being used-it can be done on a pay-as-you-go basis. And the best part is when we're done, we'll have something different; we really will have a custom classic truck.