As the CUSTOM CLASSIC TRUCKS Project F-1 was nearing completion, we realized an all-new bed would be preferable to trying to renew the dented, rusty existing bed box. We decided to contact Pro's Pick, a manufacturer and distributor of top-notch components for vintage trucks in Fergus, Ontario, Canada. Upon visiting the company's website, we realized we could obtain the whole shooting match--the box front, sides, and tailgate, rear roll pan, an oak bed floor, stainless steel stringers, and an automatic electric-lift tonneau. Not long after we had ordered everything we needed via the Pro's Pick toll-free number, all of the components arrived at the office.

Since Project F-1's principal builder, Altered Engineering Rods & Rides, in Orange, California, would be assembling the Pro's Pick products, we hustled everything over to its shop. If you've been reading the Ford F-1 build articles, you know that Altered's pro builders Don and Pete do exceptional work. We had a feeling that Altered Engineering would be able to construct the bed box blindfolded since Pro's Pick components are always so well-made. Though we didn't blindfold Don and Pete to put 'em to the test, they had all the components assembled, disassembled, painted, and reassembled fast enough to be ready for the 2005 indoor show season to commence. CCT readers who were fortunate to attend the Grand National Roadster Show, held January 21-23, 2005, at the Pomona Fairgrounds, in Pomona, California, could see first-hand how well the F-1 turned out. To find out how easy it is to construct a first-class Pro's Pick bed for your vintage hauler, follow along with Altered Engineering's builders. Who knows, you may also opt to go with Pro's Pick truck products as opposed to resuscitating the rusting tin box on your venerable hauler. CCT