In the world of custom trucks, the'57-'60 Ford F-series trucks may be the red-headed stepchild amongst the continually growing '53-'56 crowd and the resurging '61-'67 F-100s. Not exactly sleek and not exactly stylish, the third generation Ford does have plenty of character and when it came time to build his next project, Dave Timm, of Springfield, Illinois, decided to think inside the box-the '60 Ford F-100 box, that is.
Picking up the mostly straight old Ford from a gentleman six states away, Dave and his brother Brian, the duo who form 2 Brother's Custom Trucks, in Springfield, started on the F-100 by removing the bed and tearing into the 50-year-old rust. With the old, rusted frame exposed, a plan was devised to fabricate a suspension that would help the truck ride nice and look even better. Using beefy four-link bars intended for a lifted Doge, Dave welded on the Ballistic Fab brackets to the axle and frame for an ultra-tough rear setup. QA1 coilovers handle the ride and up front, a Heidts IFS kit will provide incredible performance for a classic truck.
Forever transforming the '60, Dave bolted on a set of 24-inch Centerline Smoothie wheels with Pirelli tires on each corner. Out back, the 24x14-inch Centerlines are wrapped in 405/25R24 meats and to add some nostalgia to the project, Dave plans on painting the centers white and keeping the original dog-dish center caps.
Powering the old Ford is a 292ci Y-block V-8 that Dave plans on force-feeding by twin Vortech V1 superchargers. A Holley dual-quad TBI fuel-injection system will have skeptics scratching their heads and an MSD ignition will ensure the fuel is getting a clean spark. To make the custom supercharger setup work properly, Go Nuts Truck and Auto will machine the crank pulley and with the help of MBRP's new universal mufflers and COMP cam, the Blue Oval will have a unique rumble. All the engine's vitals will be recorded on Auto Meter gauges. Like so many of us auto enthusiasts, Dave wants to shift his own gears and will use a Tremec T5 to back the Y-block. Engaging the gears will be the responsibility of a Centerforce clutch and flywheel. Steering should be a breeze thanks to an ididit tilt column, while a Kicker audio system will have the tunes nice and loud.
Painting the truck a traditional blue/green, Dave will retain much of the original sheetmetal, but with BASF paints, the truck will look better than anything Ford could have built. Be on the lookout for this unique Ford's progress, as we'll be showing the major steps along the way.
Sheetmetal wheeltubs were fabricated and a new sheetmetal bed was created to clear new whe