Do you remember the first time you sat in the driver’s seat of a truck? If you’re like most of us, you were just a kid. Your feet barely reached the pedals, and you had to peek through the steering wheel to see out the windshield. You couldn’t drive (legally) yet, but that’s all you needed to start dreaming of your own truck.
Randy decided to keep his father’s spirit and memory alive by restoring the old ’57—and restore it he did.
Randy Williams, a general contractor from Kanarraville, Utah, can vividly recall the first time he slid behind the wheel of his pa’s truck. He was 10 years old, and his father, Bud Williams, purchased a 1957 Ford F-100 in Ely, Nevada. Thanks to the truck’s pedals being so close together, Bud was able to teach young Randy how to drive.
The truck stayed in the family all this time. After Bud passed away, Randy decided to keep his father’s spirit and memory alive by restoring the old ’57—and restore it he did. This flawless rig, two years in the making, is an honorable homage to their father-son friendship.
To get this project underway, Randy reached out to Fat Fender Garage in Arizona. The FFG crew performed most of the work on this F-100, from the frame to the interior.
Starting with the chassis, FFG partnered with Porterbuilt Fabrication in Arizona to create an aftermarket powdercoated frame with sway bar and front and rear coilovers with four-link setups. They installed Wilwood Master Booster brakes, front and back, and a Boyd Welding fuel tank to hold the go juice. The FFG guys also modified the front wheel tubs and filled and fabricated a firewall. The F-100 rides on Wheelsmith’s Smoothies wheels and hubcaps wrapped in BF Goodrich 225/70R16 tires.
Under the hood, the FFG crew installed a 2019 3rd Gen Coyote engine with custom headers and a 2.5-inch stainless exhaust system. They also updated the transmission to a 10R80 automatic and added a custom driveshaft from Arizona Driveshaft and gears and axles from Currie Enterprises.
This flawless rig, two years in the making, is an honorable homage to their father-son friendship.
The exterior—particularly the rusted-out cab floors—needed some work, so the FFG guys performed extensive repairs on the body. They also cut out the bed and built the framework for a custom-made wood bed floor. The truck is covered in two-tone red and white paint (red SR 109.5 and white SA-34.50) and includes LED head- and taillights, tucked bumpers, and a re-chromed grille.
Inside the cab is a 1957 leather bench seat and leather-wrapped headliner. FFG-made panels line the doors, FFG dome lights illuminate the cab, and gauges from Custom Classic Industries keep track of all the numbers. At the top of the Flaming River steering column sits a 1940s replica steering wheel. A Restomod Air A/C system—complete with custom 3D-printed vent pieces—keep the passengers cool. The stereo is a Bluetooth unit with a Bluetooth head unit with an amp and 8-inch subs.
When Randy first sat behind the wheel of this F-100, he probably had no idea that the truck would remain in his life for many years. Now, as owner and caretaker of his father’s old ’57, family memories and good times will live on. No doubt Randy will make some new memories, too!