As for aesthetics, the Ford pickup is hard to miss with its slick coating of black paint, but it’s the underlying layers of material that make the black look so great. Erwin Paint and Body handled the bodywork, and had the luxury of preparing a rust-free body. The shop filled the gas door and standard holes, as well as smoothing the rear section of the bed with a slick tail gate and roll pan. Erwin Paint and Body also filled the taillight holes, and moved the lights to the roll pan. The modifications as well as the truck’s minor imperfections required lots of work to prepare it for black paint, so it went through a few rounds of primer and block sanding before it was deemed ready to paint. Danny Casey laid down the black paint, and did an awesome job sanding, buffing and polishing the fresh finish. Other exterior details include a new front bumper and billet grille from LMC.

Inside, tan upholstery is the perfect complement to the black exterior. Leather was the material of choice, and Speedway Seat Covers, located in Johnson City, Tennessee handled the stitch work. The bucket seats came from a ’70s Thunderbird, while the door panels, console and other interior panels are all custom built. The ’73 F-100 Custom dash is color matched to the tan leather, and features a custom dash insert fit with Auto Meter gauges. An ididit steering column positions the Billet Specialties steering wheel, while the B&M shifter is easily within reach. Creature comforts include a Vintage Air A/C system, as well as a Pioneer CD player, mounted overhead.

The entire build was a group effort from Sam Stanton, Scott Stanton, Calvin Tipton, Eddie Tipton, and Joe Rodefer, along with the shops involved. Luckily, the truck was in running order in time for Calvin to take one last ride in it before he passed away. The truck is now in the hands of Calvin’s daughter and son-in-law, and they take great pride in it, driving it to many events a year. With its flawless paintjob, elegant interior, and powerful big-block, this old Ford has a great story behind it, and the Stanton’s are glad to share it, in memory of Calvin Tipton. ctCT

Sam & Cathy Stanton

Jonesborough, Tennessee
1979 Ford F-100


Frame: Modified stock
Rearend/Ratio: Ford 9-inch/ 3.73 Moser differential
Rear Suspension: 4-inch Lowering Leaf Springs
Rear Brakes: Stock Drum
Front Suspension: 3-inch Lowering Beams
Front Brakes: Stock Disc
Master Cylinder: Late model Ford with Hydro Boost
Front Wheels: 15x8 Billet Specialties Fast Lane
Rear Wheels: 15x10 Billet Specialties Fast Lane
Front Tires: 26x10R15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman Radials
Rear Tires: 30x12R15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman Radials
Gas Tank: Fuel Cell mounted under bed


Engine: Ford V-8 460ci
Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM Cobra Jet
Valve Covers: Finned Aluminum “Cobra”
Manifold: Edelbrock Performer
Carburetor: Holley 850cfm double pumper four-barrel
Air Cleaner: Ford Racing billet aluminum
Ignition: MSD Pro-Billet Distributor, MSD 6AL box and MSD Blaster coil
Headers: Hooker long tube, ceramic coated
Exhaust/Mufflers: 2.5-inch / Flowmaster 40-series
Transmission: Ford C6 automatic
Modification: Shift Kit, 3,500rpm converter
Shifter: B&M


Style: Short Wheelbase Pickup
Grille: LMC billet
Body Modifications: Filled gas door, filled standard holes, slick tailgate, roll pan, relocated taillights
Bodywork by: Erwin Paint and Body
Painted by: Danny Casey
Paint Color: Black
Headlights/Taillights: Stock/relocated to roll pan
Front Bumper: New from LMC
Rear Bumper: Custom Roll Pan


Dashboard: ’73 Ford F-100 Custom
Gauges: Auto Meter
Air Conditioning: Vintage Air
Stereo: Pioneer
Steering Wheel: Billet Specialties
Steering Column: ididit
Seats: ’73 Ford Thunderbird
Upholstery by: Speedway Seat Covers, Johnson City, TN
Material/Color: Leather/ tan
Carpet: Tan