Bill Dutton & Sharayah Pranger
Bill Dutton has loved old cars and trucks since he was no more than a kid. Having cycled through a number of different cars over the years, in 2010 Bill decided that it was time for the old truck he had always wanted. Working on and cruising around in his ’60 F-100 reminds him of his dad, Charles, and the love of old trucks that they shared.
Bill found his ’60 F-100 on Craigslist. Liking the look of the pictures as well as the asking price of $2,600, he decided to go check it out. A quick once-over was all it took to make up his mind—it was love at first sight. The previous owner had the 223ci six-cylinder, four-speed, and 9-inch rear end completely rebuilt, but within weeks of the rebuild, the old truck was tragically parked in a field and left to sit for seven years. After cleaning the crud and dirt out of the old single-barrel carb, it fired up and limped home where it received a thorough cleaning and a carb rebuild. It was then off to the shop for a 3-inch dropped straight axle, front disc brake kit, new shocks, lowered 4 inches out back, an alternator conversion, new lenses, new 15x8 and 15x7 American Racing Torque-Thrust wheels along with new tires. This was followed up by the installation of a Clifford intake manifold, Weber 2bbl carb, Clifford ceramic-coated headers and Flowmaster three-chamber mufflers with 2¼-inch pipes. A new Vintage Air heater, new seals on the windshield and back window along with door seals help keep out some of the rain (of which there is plenty). The final touch (for now) was the distressed signage hand-painted by Mitch Kim. The old shop truck draws plenty of attention for Bill’s electrical contracting business!