It Just Keeps Rollin’ and Rollin’ and …
Eddie West is no stranger to custom vehicles. He and his crew have built several trucks in the past, and they were ready to start a new project—one that turned into the Snowball Effect. All this 1962 Ford F-100 unibody needed was some seatbelts. But then, as the project moved forward, the mods piled on like so much snow, but it was so worth it.
First, they ditched the old frame in favor of a 1968 Ford F-100 frame and added Viking coilovers in front with QA1 coilovers on the rear. Next, they modified the rear for a custom Mosser rearend. Up front, a Flaming River Mustang II made steering the Ford unibody a lot easier. The frame was stripped and painted red. The components attached to the frame were either painted red or chromed. Last, on the suspension is a set of Intro Dangerous wheels, 19 inches up front 20×17.2 inches in the rear.
The engine is a Ford Big Block V-8 460 Stroker to a 501 retrofitted to the stock frame. The 460 has been completely refurbished with Speed Pro pistons and rings, Eagle steel crank, Competition cam and rollers, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Weiland intake with tunnel ran, and a Fitech fuel injection system. An RCP custom exhaust and GP headers let this massive motor breathe.
On the body, no expense was spared. They began with a 2-inch cab only chop-top, shaved the door handles, and added one-piece glass in the doors. An electric hinged hood makes it tilt forward with the touch of a button. Inside the bed, they installed clear plexiglass to show off the detailed frame. The last thing added before smoothing it all out for paint was a Pro One auto cover. Southern Rod and Classics laid down the Automotive Art Black and Red Torch paint. Concept in Design gets credit for the flames.
On the interior, Schreek’s Upholstery did an incredible job. The team made custom bucket seats covered in red leather to fit in the newly chopped cab. They also made and installed leather-wrapped door panels and added power windows. A custom-made console was wrapped in red leather, too. Custom carpet and a headliner were installed to match the red leather. The dash was painted to match, and a Dakota Digital gauge assembly was installed. Budnik steering wheel was installed along with all new glass finish off the interior.
Eddie would like to thank his wife, Angie, Southern Rod and Classics, Jamie Justice for paint, Mark Jeffery at Concept in Design for the flames, Hunlon Transmission, Richard Crane Rep, and Schreek’s Upholstery.