In 1974, when Jack Andersen was only fourteen years old, he and his dad bought a ’57 Ford F-100 Custom Cab big window shortbed stepside from a farmer in California. After doing some minor work to make it roadworthy, Jack drove it all through high school and college. He sold the truck in ‘84 for $1,500. As the years went by, Jack had second thoughts about selling his truck and he tried to locate his original ’57 pickup. Unfortunately, the guy he sold it to had shipped it to Hawaii and Jack’s custom fire was extinguished.
Fast forward to 2003, Jack’s brother Casey informed him he had located a ’57 Ford F100 stepside with only 56,000 original miles. The truck was a driver and was in the hands of the original owner’s daughter. Jack purchased it for $1,500, but he had his heart set on a big window, so he purchased a donor ’57 big window for $100 and the project was underway.
Jack and Casey began the five-year project at Casey’s shop in Burley, Idaho. After removing the cab, fenders, hood, and bed from the frame, the engine was then extracted from the engine mounts and the front and rear suspension components were removed. The bare frame was then media blasted before the framerails were boxed and new crossmembers welded in place. The crew at Woodruff Auto in Pleasant Valley, Utah, installed the Fatman Mustang II IFS crossmember, control arms, spindles, and QA1 coilover shocks up front. A pair of Triple-A leaf springs were de-arched with QA1 coilover shocks to achieve the lowered height and quality ride out back. After all of the frame modifications were performed, the updated frame was trailered to Sharp Powdercoating in Brigham City, Utah. While there, it was grounded and electrostatic sprayed with Viper Red powder, then baked, cured, and clear coated. All of the electrical wires were pulled through the framerails, while the fuel and brake lines were attached to the inner framerails with billet aluminum clamps. Front and rear Wilwood brake calipers squeeze the 13-inch rotors to halt the red machine. Jack selected Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog polished aluminum wheels sized 18x10 inches up front and 20x12 inches in the rear. The front billet hoops are consumed in 285/35R18 Nitto Extreme drag radials and the rear is fitted with 305/35ZR20 rear tires.