When it came time to do the interior it was obvious this was going to be a lot more than just a driver so Hudson’s Rod & Customs covered the Chrysler 300 bucket seats with buckskin leather with a lighter color leather insert. The door panels were built to match and a custom console divides the bucket seats. The original cluster was retained but is now filled with Classic Instruments gauges. Use of the original-style dash knobs keeps some good old-fashioned Ford truck flavor in the cab. Wool carpets cover the floors where rubber mats once were found, and the painted ididit steering column is topped with a banjo-style wheel. The interior is much like the rest of the truck, well-planned and functional with great attention to detail.

And so, 18 months after bringing a rough old truck to R.A.W. Rods, Aaron Watkins delivered a truck to Phyllis Smith that now carries all those fond old memories in fine style, and it’s still red.

Phyllis Smith

Standardsville, Virginia
1963 Ford F-100 Flareside


Frame: modified stock
Modifications: C-notched, custom crossmembers
Rearend / Ratio: 9” / 3.50:1
Rear suspension: leaf
Rear brakes: disc
Front suspension: Fatman Fabrications Mustang II-style IFS
Front brakes: disc
Steering box: rack-and-pinion
Front wheels: billet five-spoke
Rear wheels: billet five-spoke
Front tires: Nitto
Rear tires: Nitto
Gas tank: aluminum


Engine: Ford Racing 302
Heads: aluminum
Valve covers: Ford Racing
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock / Edelbrock EFI
Ignition: electronic
Headers: coated block hugger
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2½” aluminized / turbo
Transmission: TCI AOD
Modifications: TCI performance upgrade
Shifter: column


Style: shortbed, Flareside
Modifications: restored
Fenders front / rear: stock / stock
Hood: stock
Grille: stock
Bed: Dan Carpenter stock reproduction
Bodywork and paint by: R.A.W. Rods
Paint type / Color: PPG / Pearl Red
Headlights / Taillights: stock / stock
Outside mirrors: stock
Bumpers: stock


Dashboard: modified stock
Gauges: Classic Instruments
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Steering wheel: banjo
Steering column: ididit
Seats: Chrysler 300
Upholstery by: Hudson’s Rod & Customs
Material / Color: leather / buckskin