Customizing vehicles tends to be a family affair. Whether it's father and son, a pair of brothers, or husband and wife, an affinity for wrenching usually rubs off on family members. As for Dave Timm and his brother Brian Walker, they enjoyed wrenching on cars and trucks so much that they opened their own shop, 2 Brothers Custom Trucks in Springfield, Illinois. Living in Springfield, the pair builds a lot of lifted trucks, but that isn't all they know. To show off their ability to build lowered trucks, Dave decided to buy a 1960 F-100 to build into a 'bagged show truck with plenty of power. After finding the perfect starter truck, Dave pulled the trigger and went and picked it up.
Lexan was used as a bed floor to show off the suspension and Aeromotive fuel cell.
With the truck at their home shop, the two brothers put it up in the air and began unbolting, cutting, and grinding. The work didn't stop until the frame was on the ground and the cab was the only thing on the lift. Dave wanted to create a completely new frame that would tuck up under the body with an incorporated notch in the rear. After building the frame, Dave narrowed the factory Ford 9-inch rearend, stuck it under the back, and installed a Heidts four-link with a Panhard bar. Up front, Heidt's spindles were bolted to Heidt's control arms. For bump relief, Ridetech Shockwaves were installed on the corners and plumbed for air. To complete the rolling chassis, a set of 24x9-inch and massive 24x15-inch Raceline smoothie wheels were shod in Pirelli PZero Nero rubber and bolted in place. Dave then needed a killer body to match the insane chassis.
Since his shop isn't set up for bodywork, Dave took the front clip, cab, and bed to Bill Mathews Auto Body, also in Springfield. While at the body shop, the cab was made straight as an arrow. The fenders were just too high for Dave's liking, so he moved the front of the front fenders and the rear of the rear fenders down two inches each. The hood also received a dose of custom bodywork in the form of the front section being lowered two inches. In the bed, custom tubs were made for the colossal rear wheels and the front and sides were smoothed. Between the bed and the cab, a blow-through sub box was made. You may notice a difference on the backside of the bed. The taillights were moved down 10 inches and the tailgate was flushed with the rest of the bed. Finally, the majority of the truck was covered in BASF Tantalizing Turquoise. For a bit of contrast, the roof, grille, bumpers, and wheels were painted Chrysler white. With that done, the chrome emblems were affixed back onto the body and the truck was sent back to 2 Brothers for the rest of the build.
Rather than hiding the Kicker amps under the seat, Dave mounted them in the headliner to p
Once back in Dave's hands, the interior was gutted. A Tea's Designs bench seat was ordered and wrapped in super-soft red vinyl. The dash was then removed from the truck and modified to fit an Auto Meter race display and a pair of 21/16-inch Auto Meter round gauges. Red carpet and even more red vinyl abound throughout the cab. A Billet Specialties Boost steering wheel was strapped to the steering column. For audio, four Kicker amps were mounted into the headliner and wired up to four 10-inch and four 8-inch Solo-Baric subs and four RS 65.2 6½-inch components. This is all fed by a Kicker KQ5 equalizer and either an iPad or iPhone. Finally finished with the interior, all the truck needed was some power. The Y-block engine was sent to H&H Flatheads in La Crescenta, California.
At the engine shop, the factory 312ci Y-Block received a shot in the arm. This came by way of boring it out to 320ci and adding a pair of Turbonetics turbos. A twin-turbo Y-Block is a thirsty beast, and this one receives fuel through a Holley dual-quad TBI system that sits atop a Fenton intake. After getting the engine back from H&H, a Tremec T-56 Magnum transmission was bolted behind it with a Centerforce clutch and the whole unit was eased into the Effie. A custom set of headers was built to get air out of the engine and back into the turbos. This setup is good for 600 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque.
Once the truck was finished, it was taken to the 2011 SEMA show and received plenty of attention. When asked if he had anybody to thank, Dave was quick to name every one of his sponsors that helped with the build. He also wanted to thank his brother, his amazing wife Anne, and their beautiful daughters, and all of his friends that helped with the build. He says, "I couldn't have done it without their help."
Inside the Build
Year Make Model
1960 Ford F-100
Owner and City/State
Dave Timm Springfield, Illinois
Type: 320ci Y-Block
Induction: Twin Turbonetics turbos, Fenton intake
Exhaust: Custom headers, MBRP exhaust
Cooling: Be Cool radiator
Fuel System: Aeromotive A1000 pump, Aeromotive fuel cell, Holley dual-quad TBI
Engine Management: Holley EFI
Output: 600 hp, 550 lb-ft
Built by: H&H Flatheads
Transmission: Tremec T-56 Magnum
Rearend: Ford 9-inch with 3.73 gears
Front suspension: Heidts spindles and control arms, Ridetech shockwaves
Rear suspension: Heidts four-link with Panhard, Ridetech shockwaves
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston front brakes and four-piston rears, Wilwood proportioning valve
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Raceline smoothie 24x9-inch and 24x15-inch
Tires: Pirelli PZero Nero 285/35R24 and 405/25R24