Usually, when a project gets out of hand, it’s a bad thing. An owner ends up channeling six metric tons of money into something that’s grown so far beyond its original vision that it isn’t cool anymore. But sometimes, when the project slips ahead of you, it’s a good thing.
Such was the case with Thad’s 1972 Ford F-100, a truck he’d bought cheap with few plans for beautification. But then Thad’s friends Larry and Harold got ahold of it. “I just wanted a nice paint job,” says Thad, “but before I knew it Harold and Larry [had] removed the glass, bed, hood, and doors. It was too late. I was getting the premium restoration.”
The F-100 wasn’t ugly to start with, but it had a few dings, the paint was faded, and the interior rough enough to host a hobo, no questions asked.
Under the hood, Thad and his mates added power steering to bring the analog dinosaur a bit closer to the modern era. They also bolted on a mini-starter and a fresh, new set of headers on the 360 V8. But the most noticeable change was epidermal.
The F-100’s previous scheme had been two-tone, with blue up top and white below the belt line. The new plot flipped this layout, with the whole truck changing to a shiny but reserved blue, save the roof, which changed to a classic white. Chrome accents were replaced or polished, as well. The other exception is the bed, which received a brand new coat of bed liner.
The interior got a makeover, as well, with updated seats (in blue, of course), a reworked dash, and everything made to look exactly as it was in 1972. In fact, the whole truck is a time warp of sorts, taking us back to those days of yore, even if we weren’t even born yet.
So nice was the restoration that Thad had to build a car port off of his already three-car garage to keep it out of the weather. But it’s no garage queen. Thad drives it all the time, even as a workhorse. Not long ago, he says, he loaded up the bed with scrap metal and hauled it out to the scrap yard, only to be met with a rebuke from the employees. “Never bring that truck here again,” they admonished. “It’s too nice for the scrap yard.”
Though the project got away from him (with the help of his wrench-happy friends), Thad doesn’t seem too broken up about it. He says it’s probably the last vehicle he’ll restore, but we think finishing such a gorgeous truck is a great way to retire. Thad certainly likes it. “I always get at least one thumbs up when out for a drive.”