Back in 2004, 14-year-old Justin Dossett went with his dad to go look at an old Ford truck.
The truck was sitting behind a garage near their home in Friendsville, Tennessee, and hadn't run in a few years, but was in decent shape. The Dossetts got the truck running and Justin's dad, Andy, made a deal with the owner and drove it home. This sort of activity wasn't unusual for the father and son, who spend lots of time together out in the garage working on projects.
When the two got the truck back home, Andy told Justin "happy early birthday" who was about to turn 15. His dad knew time was ticking toward the big one-six and the truck would be a great father-and-son venture and then Justin would have something cool to drive when he got his license. Justin was excited as one might guess and the two planned on just making the truck driveable and going from there. You can guess where this is going.
The truck came from the factory with a 302 underhood, but the seller also threw in a 351 which got the boys thinking. There was enough stuff sitting around Andy's shop to build the 351 and put it in the truck except headers and an oil pan-neither of which would stop the two from putting the Windsor in after a full rebuild of its internals. The 351 was left fairly stock inside with the exception of a 5.8L HO Police Interceptor cam. To help the engine run its best, an Edelbrock Performer intake and Holley 600-cfm carb now replace the stock induction.
After the new engine was in, they decided to repaint the factory two-tone truck, so they pulled all the sheetmetal off and had it mediablasted and then dropped off the cab, doors, fenders, and hood to Crowes Auto Restoration for paint while the bed went to Trevor Denton. While the paint was getting done, they cleaned and detailed the frame and swapped the rearend for a narrower 9-inch from a '72 F-100 so they could put a bigger tire in back on a set of American Racing Torque Thrust wheels with painted centers. The guys also bought and installed a DJM 3- and 4-inch drop kit for the front and rear of the truck to give it a better stance.
During this time, Andy and Justin spent many hours in the shop at the buffing wheel polishing all the stock trim before it was put back on the Tuxedo Black and Linen White paint. The stock interior was put back in the cab and the bench was recovered as per OEM by Steve Milsaps. The only other non-original interior items are the gauge bezels; they were bought new from Dennis Carpenter Reproductions.
To pay his dad back, Justin was supposed to work it off in the shop helping, but a teenager with a sweet classic truck has better things to do like hang out around it in the parking lot of William Blount High School and shoot the breeze with friends-we're sure his dad understands!
1977 Ford F-100