” A truck like this doesn’t come together over night but, judging by the restoration pictures, it looks like the restorer began on a stronger note than most. The cab and front fenders look to have been solid original pieces while the bed and rear fenders were newer all-steel additions. The door handles have been shaved but, otherwise, most of the effort went in making sure every panel was laser straight. Of course, the big attention grabber is the paint – a deep glossy shade of purple which allows this pickup to easily stand out from the standard red, yellow, and black fare at car shows. The rich base is accented by a chameleon stripe that follows a factory line around the hood and cab as well as up front around the grille. It’s a unique look and arguably one of the most tasteful uses of chameleon paint to date. The paintwork is rich and lustrous, highlighting the great Ford lines and making a solid first impression on anyone lucky enough to see the truck up close.
Beyond the paint, there are plenty of Ford details to admire as well as a few well-executed aftermarket additions. The front end wears its pointed grille with discrete V8 callouts above a show-ready chrome bumper. Pristine hood trim establishes the center line while, at either side, updated headlights have been fitted into showroom quality bezels. The greenhouse is filled with fresh glass outlined with malleable weather-stripping while a pair of stainless wipers keep the windshield clean. At the sides, round chrome rear-view mirrors mount to the doors while purple paint and Ford styling are left to fill out the view. Drop the tailgate to admire the wood-floor bed complete with stainless rails and mirror-like bedsides. Towards the cab, a small black case houses the relocated battery. With the taillight gate shut, the chameleon-accented Ford logo comes into view, framed by a stock bumper and deluxe Ford taillights fitted to the rear fenders. When those brake lights light up, they’re accompanied by a frenched LED third brake light above the cab window. The final piece is a tear-drop gas cap which blends seamlessly into the driver-side fender. ”
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