Taking a look inside the F-100, it is safe to say there has been just as much painstaking work done in the confines of the cab as there has been elsewhere, from the handformed aluminum waterfall center console and door panels complete with carbon-fiber inserts to the custom dashboard with its six-gauge pod that houses the Auto Meter Carbon Fiber Series gauges that keep the distinctive theme going. A closer look reveals perforated mesh in the dash that not only looks trick, but also serves as vents for the Vintage Air system. The tilt ididit column hangs from the matte silver dash via a one-off tubular mount with a perforated insert and holds the Budnik steering wheel that eclipses the intricate Kugel swing pedals mounted on the firewall.
Once the Roadster Shop coated the truck from top to bottom in PPG two-tone Black and a custom-mixed blue metallic hue, Rick's Pinstriping added the silver leaf accent between the two colors as well as the arrow-straight pinstriping on the rest of the truck before sending the '53 to Paul Atkins Interiors in Cullman, Alabama, for a trim job that would complement and match the quality work already performed. Paul covered the ISS bucket seats and much of the rest of the interior in charcoal leather, as well as crafting the Mercedes-style charcoal carpet.
Nothing less than perfection took place over the last two years at the Roadster Shop, and as the project progressed, Mike, who didn't need to justify the build by any means, but wanted it to mean something more, decided the F-100 would be a fitting tribute to his son David, who they lost to SIDS at 3 months old a little over 20 years ago. They went on to have three healthy daughters who are all now teenagers and young adults, but none took to the "car thing" like their son might have. So the F-100 has grown to represent the father and son time Mike and David might have spent together, but in the most positive and optimistic way possible. Not to mention the fact the '53 has helped to establish the Roadster Shop as a full-service turnkey shop with an appetite for the meticulous. Eat up, everybody!