Arvel totally disassembled the truck in his driveway with a hand from his neighbor to get it ready for paint. Once the Ford was apart, Arvel painstakingly sandblasted the frame at home with his small compressor, followed by coating it with black POR-15 paint. The next step was to haul everything to Anderson Auto Body and Restoration in Sonora, California to finish the body- and paintwork, which included shaving any unnecessary badges and emblems as well as welding up many factory seams to smooth the body lines out even further. For its final coat, Arvel picked out a glowing single-stage PPG Concept color known as Chrome Yellow to cover all the perfected sheetmetal. During this time a deal was made with Carl, the owner of the paint shop, to use one of their bays to reassemble the '79, and he and Arvel wound up becoming close friends as a result.
For interior work, the Ford went to Castillo Auto Upholstery in the nearby Northern California city of Modesto. They covered the '01 Ford bench seat in a textured black cloth and added the yellow piping to match the exterior. Castillo also built the custom two-piece tonneau cover that keeps the MAR-K bed wood out of the elements. Arvel added the Flaming River column and Doc's Kustom gauge panel to the almost-stock interior that retains the factory air-conditioning layout.
Even though the project was nearing its end, Arvel and the '79 weren't out of the woods yet. The wiring for the engine and transmission proved to be a big stumbling block. Luckily, Arvel hooked up with Scotty at The Detail Zone in Delaware, who specializes in late-model fuel-injection wiring. With parts and help from The Detail Zone, the Dentside was finally able to move under its own power.
Arvel knew that once he got the Ford modular motor running it'd be reliable and powerful, not to mention better on gas than an old 351 pushrod motor, and he was right! Arvel and his wife, Jean, have driven their F-100 all over the state in the last year since it was finished, including numerous trips to the Oxnard area to visit their daughter, which is where we met up with them for the photo shoot this summer. Keep on truckin'!