When Brad first set his eyes on his '57 Ford, it belonged to another man. It was around the year 1994 while Brad and his wife Betty Groth were attending a car show when he noticed the pickup. The truck stopped Brad dead in his tracks like trying to play a guitar with no strings. The truck's shape, or lack thereof, struck Brad as something he would love to get his hands on.
Have you ever been bummed out because you know you really want something, but either the timing isn't right or funds hold you back? Well, in Brad's case, time was not on his side and his job kept him busier than a honeybee trying to please the queen.
Skip forward to the year 2010 and the same '57 had switched owners and a few things were changed around. A Scott's Hotrods IFS was installed on the frontend with QA1 coilovers. On the rearend, new lowering leaf springs were installed along with adding a posi differential. The same QA1 shocks were used on the rear suspension to control the road.
A panel was custom made to fit under the dash and hold the A/C and heater vents. Next to the vents, a tilt column from a '76 Ford truck was adapted with a Grant steering wheel. A custom tonneau cover was placed on the rear to help hide the contents of the bed. A man by the name of Tom Curtis then purchased the pickup and proceeded to add some horsepower to the mix. The stock 351 Cleveland was removed and gone through to get it to running right. At that same time, an Edelbrock intake manifold and Holley 750 carb replaced the old stuff. A simple way to gain some extra power and drivability is to replace that heavy intake and two-barrel carb. An Edelbrock Performer RPM intake and lifters were added to give the engine that much more grunt. The cam specs out at 234 intake and 244 exhaust and has a great power band at 1,500-6,500 rpm.
We asked Brad what he would have done different on the truck if he were to do it all over again? Brad said "I would have purchased the truck in '94 when I first saw it. For now I plan on changing a few things here and there, and when I can, I plan on driving it to events like the Back to the 50's in Minnesota and a few other local shows."
1957 Ford F-100
Brad and Betty Groth
Modifications: stock w/Scotts Hotrods IFS
Rearend / Ratio: Ford 9-inch / 3.73 w/posi
Rear suspension: flipped springs with QA1 shocks
Rear brakes: drum
Front suspension: Scotts Hotrods IFS with QA1 shocks
Front brakes: disc
Steering box: Flaming River
Front wheels: 15x6
Rear wheels: 15x8
Front tires: 235/60R15
Rear tires: 235/70R15
Gas tank: custom made to fit under bed
Engine: Ford 351 Cleveland
Valve covers: chrome
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock / Holley 750
Exhaust / Mufflers: custom 21/2-inch / Flowmaster 40 Series
Transmission: Ford C6 with shift kit
Style: '57 Ford F-100
Fenders front / rear: stock
Bodywork and paint by: Gary Davis, Gary's Bodyshop of Mankato, MN
Paint type / Color: DuPont Postal Blue
Headlights / Taillights: stock / blue dot
Outside mirrors: stock
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Steering wheel: Grant
Steering column: '76 Ford truck
Seats: Wise Guys
Upholstery by: Wolters Upholstery of Mankato, MN
Material / Color: leather / black
Carpet: custom by Wolters Upholstery