Bill Vandiver's Crew Cab began life as a government-issue California Forestry Service vehicle. Back in the day, the Forestry Service ordered a number of these factory-customized Crew Cabs directly from the Ford Motor Company for use as workhorses for forestry crews throughout the state. After serving the state of California, the truck made its way into private ownership and finally ended up resting in the desert where it was rescued by one of Bill's friends, Tim Wyant. Tim began the pickup's rodstoration by grafting a Chevrolet Caprice front frame stub to the original chassis so the truck would ride and handle more like a later-model pickup. Tim also replaced the wiring harness and all of the truck's window glass as well.
Not too long after completing the aforementioned upgrades, Tim passed the F-100 to its current owner Bill Vandiver who, along with his pals Mel Bullard and Brian Wilbanks, continued with the truck's rodstoration. Since Bill wanted the pickup to be a reliable everyday driver and kid hauler, he and Mel installed an LS2/700-R4 combination pirated from a 2000 Cadillac Escalade.
The small-block was kept internally stock, but was fitted with a new Edelbrock aluminum intake and a FAST EFI system. Since Bill planned to use the pickup for his burger restaurant as well as hauling his family, he decided to get rid of the OE cab-located fuel tank and replace it with a Mustang 20-gallon tank which he relocated to the rear of the chassis. And because Alabama summers are extremely hot and humid, the addition of an Old Air Products air-conditioning system was added as well.
Since Bill wanted to retain the pickup's rustic patina, the few (but important) upgrades he chose were relegated to unseen mechanical systems and not the truck's exterior appearance. Cosmetic alterations were few and consist of some burlap coffee-bean sack door panel treatments, Mexican blanket seat covers, and a few hand-painted exterior touches like a throbbing thumb near the area where his son closed the door on his thumb, and a flying hamburger tribute to Bill's burger restaurant.
As you might imagine, the Crew Cab gets a lot of attention wherever it goes and Bill says the three most common questions he gets are: "Is it a factory four-door?" "What color are you going to paint it?" And, "How much do you want for it?"
1957 Ford Crew Cab
Frame: modified stock
Rearend / Ratio: 9-inch Ford / 3.08:1
Rear suspension: modified stock
Rear brakes: drum
Front suspension: '79 Chevy Caprice clip
Front brakes: GM disc
Steering box: GM 605
Front wheels: Wheel Vintiques, 15x6 steel
Rear wheels: Wheel Vintiques, 15x8 steel
Front tires: 15-inch blackwall
Rear tires: 15-inch blackwall
Gas tank: '71 Ford Mustang
Engine: 2000 GM LS2, 364ci by Mel Bullard
Heads: Stock GM
Valve covers: stock
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock / FAST EFI
Headers: GM F-body tubular
Exhaust / Mufflers: custom dual, aluminized / MagnaFlow
Style: F-100 Crew Cab
Modifications: by Mother Nature
Fenders front / rear: stock
Bodywork and paint by: Father Time
Paint type / Color: old / mostly white
Headlights / Taillights: stock
Outside mirrors: peep
Air conditioning: Old Air Products
Steering wheel: GM
Steering column: GM
Seats: GM truck bench (2)
Upholstery by: owner
Material / Color: Mexican blanket / multi-color