Orange
Beige
5.4 Liter Supercharged V8
4 Speed Automatic
  • Supercharged 5.4 liter Sean Hyland Motorsport crate engine / 640 horsepower / 600 lb./ft. of torque
  • AODE Super StreetFighter 4-speed automatic transmission / 2,400 RPM stall
  • Ford 9-inch rear axle / Posi-traction differential
  • Upgraded frame / Custom suspension
  • Flaming River power rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • Colorado Custom Leadville Ace wheels
  • Substantially customized all-steel body / Custom PPG Deltron paint
  • Custom leather interior / Vintage Air climate control / Custom Autosound audio
  • 4.5-year, $407K build
  • Appraised for $425K in 2014

SUMMARY

* 4.5-year, $407K build / Appraised for $425K in 2014
* Substantially customized all-steel body / Custom PPG Deltron paint
* Custom leather interior / Vintage Air climate control / Custom Autosound audio
* Supercharged 5.4 liter Sean Hyland Motorsport crate engine / 640 horsepower / 600 lb./ft. of torque
* AODE Super StreetFighter 4-speed automatic transmission / 2,400 RPM stall
* Flaming River power rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel power disc brakes
* Upgraded frame / Custom suspension
* Colorado Custom Leadville Ace wheels
* Ford 9-inch rear axle / Posi-traction differential
* Sale includes: Restoration photos / Itemized parts list / Wiring diagrams / Appraisal Report

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Lets talk numbers for a minute. We'll begin with the number 1. As in: this 1955 F100 is quite possibly the nicest, or '1 of' the nicest, pickups on the planet. Of course, a number that substantial has to have quite a few more numbers to back it up. So, how about 4.5? As in: 4.5 years worth of restoration and customization. Then there's 112,000. As in: $112,000 worth of parts and materials for that restoration and customization. Next comes 295,000. As in: $295,000 worth of labor during that restoration and customization. And last but certainly not least: 425,000 and, once again, 1. As in: the amount the truck appraised for just 1 short year ago. Looking for a world-class showstopper that's above and beyond pretty much anything outside of six-figure corporate builds? Fix your gaze on this incredible custom Effie!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Professionally rehabilitated and customized during a 6-figure, 4.5-year restoration, this striking F100 spent most of its life as a no-frills American workhorse. In what amounted to a systematic, no-expense-spared rebuild, its solid body was completely stripped, hand-altered and layered in a modified coat of Toyota Hot Lava PPG Deltron 2-stage. And today, the truck rolls as a game changing half-ton that's one part lust and two parts envy!

If this Ford is any indication, roughly half a million dollars nets some very impressive attributes. At the front of the truck, a smoothed and painted grille hangs modern halo headlights above clear parking lamps and a modified valance that swaps factory chrome for monochromatic trim. Behind that grille, a shaved hood leads the eye to smoked glass, which plants singled side windows between shaved drip rails and Specialty intermittent wipers. Look closely at the top of that glass and you'll notice that the truck's rather large forehead has been significantly streamlined thanks to careful pancaking and a few inches of forward tilt. Opposite that roof, a flowing profile centers shaved doors and slender hot rod mirrors above custom running boards that frame low-profile exhaust pipes. Those boards melt into heavily modified fenders that, thanks to fresh wheel openings, are completely centered on the trucks axles. Between those fenders, a completely custom bed frames a billet fuel filler in satin-finish wood. And at the back of that bed, a custom tailgate flows in to a custom roll pan that's embedded with Cadillac LED taillights.

ENGINE

Hoist the shaved and insulated bonnet and you'll find 5.4 liters of Sean Hyland Motorsport mod motor that, thanks to a color-keyed supercharger, twists a killer 640 horsepower into 600 lb./ft. of stump-pulling torque! At the top of that $25K mill, a monochromatic pipe shuttles wind from a remote air cleaner to a Ford throttle body. That wind joins fossils thanks to Ron Francis wiring and Ford electronic injection, which make excellent use of Ford fuel rails and custom fuel lines. As that reaction turns into compression, resultant gases are jettisoned through custom stainless headers. That compression's cooling is provided by a custom aluminum radiator, which stores water in front of a requisite puller fan. There's a modern serpentine system that spins a fresh alternator beside a modern AC compressor. And, aesthetically, the truck's custom engine compartment is exceptionally well done, featuring first-rate ancillaries like SVT coil covers, Canton fluid tanks, a fresh brake booster, a billet hood latch and a billet-secured Optima battery.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

One peek under this sweet F100 reveals some of the best work money can buy. First and foremost, a heavily modified frame is sandwiched between stainless hardware and color-keyed, undercoated floors. Behind the five-four, an AODE Super StreetFighter 4-speed, rated for big horsepower, utilizes a 2,400 RPM stall to twist a custom driveshaft. At the end of that driveshaft, a proven Ford 9-inch spins a posi-traction differential around smooth gears and tough, 31-spline axles. That first rate drivetrain pushes a modern 4-link suspension, which features adjustable coil-over-shocks. Tracking is provided by a Heidts Superide front-half, which centers Flaming River power rack-and-pinion steering between two more adjustable coil-overs. Braking is equally class, with Wilwood 6 and 4-piston calipers squeezing a quartet of drilled and slotted rotors. The aforementioned headers dump spent gases in to stainless, billet-strung pipes, which breathe through throaty Flowmaster mufflers. There's a Rick's stainless fuel tank that's built around an internal fuel pump. And power meets the pavement through Colorado Custom Leadville Aces, which twist 255/45R18 Toyo Proxes in front of 295/45R20 Toyo Proxes.

INTERIOR

Pop this Ford's electronic doors and you'll find a completely custom interior that blends Hot Lava paint with supple leather trim. Front and center, a tastefully modified dash seats classy VDO telemetry amid components for proven Vintage Air climate control. Opposite that dash, modern bucket seats stretch tight hides under polished buttons. Between those seats, a custom console centers a slender Lokar shifter in front of a polished hand brake and hidden Custom Autosound audio. At the bottom of that console, custom sills frame premium, orange-lit carpet, which rides under color-keyed floor mats and metal foot pedals. At the edges of that carpet, tailored door panels prop billet handles in front of Specialty power windows. At the top of those windows, a sculpted headliner bridges the gap between a billet mirror and leather cab panels. And the driver stays connected to the road through a tilting Flaming River column and color-keyed Budnik wheel.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

* Restoration photos
* An itemized parts list
* A few wiring diagrams
* A stack of component manuals
* The truck's 2014 Appraisal Report

It takes vision, time, skill, talent, dedication and a wheel barrel full of dollars to finish a vehicle of this caliber. But, at the end of the day, you have a classic that's nice enough to show, comfortable enough to drive and powerful enough to put a smile on your face. That said, why waste years of time and frustration creating a world-class custom when you can call RK Motors and drive off in instant gratification? Pick up the phone and start punching numbers!

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