Last month we formally introduced our plan to build the first 100-percent aftermarket truck, and explained the method to our madness. Basically, with the availability of the Bebop's cab and Walton Chassis, we added a Pro's Pick bed, Bebop's fenders and running boards, and a Fairlane hood. The next thing we knew, we had a rolling chassis. Assisting greatly in this endeavor was Sacramento Vintage Ford, who carries each and every one of these components in their catalog.
For this installment, we continue our stay out at Bobco in Lake Elsinore, CA. Bob and the crew (which today includes F-100 guru Bill Lee) are going to install the CPP hood tilt kit onto the Fairlane hood. Since the hood was made to work with stock hardware, while the tilt kit was made for use with a steel hood, some extra modification was necessary for the two to mesh properly. The same goes for the hood mating to the cowl and fenders--it was a decent fit. But even after some fine-tuning by Bobco, some glasswork will be necessary once the truck gets to the body shop. As we've said many times before, some fitment issues are to be expected when meshing aftermarket parts from several different manufacturers. But truth be told, we left Bobco in better shape (literally) than we originally planned.
Also in this installment, we bolted together our new steel bed from Pro's Pick and hung the glass fenders and running boards from Bebop's. Again, there were a few modifications necessary to make the bed mesh better with the Walton chassis, and all of the mounting holes need to be measured and drilled, but all in all, this bed kit has proven it is worth its weight in gold. You'll see what we mean during prep and paint. Follow along as we forge ahead on our mail order F-100, and contact Sacramento Vintage Ford about any of the fine products you see being installed using the information in the source box.