This was the truck Kevin Stone learned to drive in high school, and I say "was" because it was sold to a family friend. But they say if you love something let it go and that's exactly what Kevin did. In the early 70's Kevin's father Ray purchased the pickup as a daily driver for his diesel mechanic job, so when Kevin was old enough to drive the '63 his father showed him how.

The pickup remained a staple in Ray's life after Kevin moved out of the house. It was restored in the late '80s by Ray, but by the '90s Kevin's father wanted to drive something newer. So the pickup was sold to a family friend by the name of Joe. Joe then turned and sold the truck to his brother-in-law who kept it for a few years. Meanwhile Kevin was keeping track of where the truck was at all times, hoping that one day he might be able to buy it back.

Not only did Kevin learn to drive in the '63, he also took his girlfriend, now his wife Beth, on dates with the truck. So when Kevin found out the truck was up for sale, what better way to spark up old memories than to bring back the truck of their youth?

The truck was now in Kevin's possession and the things he always wanted to change on the truck were his to change. For starters, some of the beds on the '63 pickups were leftovers from the earlier trucks. This meant that the flat square-style bed was adapted to the round cab.

Kevin searched high and low to find a round-style pickup bed that the latter '63-66 trucks used. It took four years to finally find a bed that was worth installing on the truck. Once the bed was figured out it was time to start working on the details, like filling in the cowl vents, shaving everything except the door handles, and basically cleaning up every seam of the truck. The master cylinder was moved under the floor and the firewall was filled and smoothed.

When the truck was first put back together, Kevin installed an early Chevy fuel-injected engine. But once people at car shows kept asking Kevin why he installed a Chevy engine in a Ford, Kevin found himself making up several excuses; however, it was really about time and money. So he saved up for a new engine that came out of a Lincoln Mark VIII and had it examined by Engines Direct of Phoenix. Now Kevin felt like the truck had come a long way since he drove it in high school, but now Beth and Kevin can go on dates like they did way back when. How cool is that?

1963


Ford F-100
Kevin & Beth Stone
Glendale, Arizona

Chassis


Frame: stock w/Camaro front clip
Modifications: Camaro front clip
Rearend / Ratio: '88 IROC 3.23 w/limited slip
Rear suspension: springs
Rear brakes: '88 IROC disc
Front suspension: '76 Camaro
Front brakes: disc
Steering box: '76 Camaro
Front wheels: American Racing Torq Thrust II 17x8
Rear wheels: American Racing Torq Thrust II 17x8
Front tires: Hankook Ventus AS 235/60/17
Rear tires: Hankook Ventus AS 275/55/17
Gas tank: aluminum, custom built

Drivetrain


Engine: Lincoln 4.6L
Heads: stock
Valve covers: painted
Manifold: stock
Ignition: coil on plug
Headers: stock Mustang Mach 1
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2½-inch tubing / Flowmaster 50 series mufflers
Transmission: 4R70W from a Lincoln Mark VIII
Modifications: none
Shifter: Lokar

Body


Style: '63 F-100 with later F-100 bed
Fenders front: stock
Hood: tilt-forward hood
Grille: stock with filled inserts
Bed: '64 bed w/Gaylord's tonneau cover
Bodywork and paint by: Kevin Stone and Ron Hart
Paint type / Color: PPG Nexa Autocolor 2k / Redfire
Headlights / Taillights: tri-bar red dots / stock with fuel cap behind left side
Outside mirrors: custom
Bumpers: LMC front and rear w/Mar-K roll pan

Interior


Dashboard: stock
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Air conditioning: Vintage Air Mini gen II
Stereo: Pioneer
Steering wheel: custom
Steering column: '80s Camaro
Seats: 2001 F-150 split bench seat
Upholstery by: Chuck Booth
Material / Color: Ultraleather & suede
Carpet: luxury car carpet from a Lexus