Inheriting things from your father is an inevitable part of life. At the very least you'll end up with some of his genetic features, like green eyes or curly hair. You're also certain to get a few of your father's personality traits-his temperament or sense of humor, for instance. Then there are tangible heirlooms such as a pocket watch or piece of furniture. If you're lucky, maybe your father will pass along a cool old car or truck to you. Tony Payne's dad did, and Tony has certainly made the most of it.

Actually, there wasn't much left of this '72 F-100 when Tony got a hold of it. His father Ernest had literally driven the truck until parts began falling off. The bed was shot and the interior was in shambles, but the old Ford still ran well. Tony found a used bed and began a stock-type restoration, but quickly decided it would be easier, cheaper, and a lot more fun to build a hot rod pickup.

By this time Tony already had the truck torn down to a cab sitting on a frame, so he started cleaning and detailing what was there. He eventually opted to scrap the stock front suspension in favor of a Mustang II IFS from Fatman Fabrications, ensuring a nice, low stance for the truck. The leaf spring rear suspension was lowered using aftermarket shackles, and American Racing "Daisy" wheels were installed both fore and aft. Tony kept the 302 engine, but warmed it over with a Comp Cams camshaft, 351 Windsor heads, and Edelbrock induction components. Preferring to choose his own gears, Tony installed a five-speed transmission from a '95 Mustang Cobra.

Fixing the body was no picnic, as it required new cab corners and lower door skins to repair damage and rust. Tony also removed most of the emblems, filled as many body seams as possible, and frenched an antenna into the rear of the cab. When the body was deemed worthy, Tony had it sprayed in a bright white finish by Bobby Tally, and accented with subtle graphics by Lil' Jack.

The interior of the cab rivaled the condition of the outside. In other words, it was in shambles! Tony remedied that situation by installing new carpet from Auto Custom Carpets, a re-upholstered '84 Ford pickup seat, and VDO gauges in a custom panel. Though the truck still lacks air conditioning, it does have such amenities as a JVC stereo and CD player, a LeCarra wheel, and power windows and door locks.

You can't always choose the things you inherit from your father, but you can make the most of what you get. Tony Payne did, and these days he regularly thanks his dad for handing down this F-100.

Facts & FiguresTony PayneLexington, North Carolina1972 Ford F-100

CHASSIS
Frame / Manufacturer stock / Ford
Modifications boxed front rails, Fatman crossmember
Rearend / Ratio 9-inch / 3.70:1
Rear suspension leaf springs with modified shackles
Rear brakes drum
Front suspension Fatman Mustang II w/ tubular arms
Front brakes disc
Master cylinder power
Steering power rack-and-pinion
Steering column stock
Front wheel make, size American Racing, 15x7
Rear wheel make, size American Racing, 15x10
Front tire make, size BFGoodrich, 215/70R15
Rear tire make, size BFGoodrich, 275/60R15
Gas tank 22-gallon Mustang