A '55 Ford F-100 With a Fam­ily His­tory

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More and more Ford 5.0L Coy­ote en­gines are be­ing used in clas­sic Blue Oval iron. At the Detroit Autorama we chose Shane Son­n­eveldt’s black '95 F-100 for our Best Ford in a Ford award pre­sented by Ford Per­for­mance Parts. Shane, from Bethesda, Mary­land, said he had made the award a goal for him­self.

His '55 was built by Brian Moat and the staff at All Speed Cus­toms in Muskegon, Michi­gan (that’s Paul Wet­more from All Speed Cus­toms, Shane Son­n­eveldt, and Brian Moat, left to right, in the photo on the right). Their work in­cluded ev­ery­thing from sheet­metal fab­ri­ca­tion and paint to all the me­chan­i­cal mod­i­fi­ca­tions and the in­te­rior up­hol­stery.

Shane’s own­er­ship of the F-100 be­gan 36 years ago on his 13th birthday. The truck was a birthday gift from his fa­ther, Robert, in­tended as a fa­ther/son project. “We quickly dis­as­sem­bled the truck, stripped and painted the frame, in­stalled a new front sus­pen­sion and 9-inch rear, built a junk­yard Chevy 350

mo­tor and TH400 trans, and roughed out the body­work. The re­al­i­ties of work­ing with a hard-headed teenage boy over­took the project, and the truck ended up in stor­age while the I fo­cused on Trans Ams and Mus­tangs.” The neglected F-100 moved from one stor­age lo­ca­tion to another un­til the late ’90s, when Shane’s fa­ther sold it.

When Robert was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in 2010, a friend lo­cated the F-100. Shane bought it and turned the project over to Brian and All Speed Cus­toms where it was fi­nally fin­ished. “My dad used the truck daily for the next five years, haul­ing pop-up campers and

grand­kids, run­ning er­rands, mov­ing fur­ni­ture, and com­mut­ing to doc­tor ap­point­ments.”

Robert died in 2016. Shane sent the F-100 back to All Speed Cus­toms for the next phase. The body­work was up­dated with gapped pan­els, hid­den tail­gate latches, and other mod­i­fi­ca­tions. Brian Moat’s paintjob com­bines high-shine Raven Black with matte gray on the roof, grille, wheels, and bed­wood.

The smoothed frame is sus­pended with a To­tal Cost In­volved in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion and four-link rear, and RideTech dou­ble-ad­justable coilovers. Wheel Vin­tiques wheels are wrapped in BFG Sil­ver­town white­walls, with 12-inch disc brakes slow­ing them down.

In­side, a cus­tom bench seat is up­hol­stered in red leather and suede. The Ger­man weave car­pet was se­lected to match, and the door­jambs are ac­cented with hor­i­zon­tal trim pieces. The '44 Lin­coln Ze­phyr steer­ing wheel is a per­fect fin­ish­ing touch. Pioneer and JL Au­dio com­po­nents from K2 Au­dio keep the cab filled with tunes. Vin­tage Air A/C keeps it com­fort­able.

Shane chose a Ford Coy­ote en­gine to power the pickup, backed by a Ford six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, and a 9-inch rear with 3.55 gears. “My dad was an old hot rodder who felt that a Ford body should be pow­ered by a Ford V-8,” he ex­plains.

The '55 F-100 shows up at events like the Detroit Autorama from time to time, but it’s more likely to be seen on the street, with Shane’s kids along for the ride.

See ad­di­tional pho­tos and video at https://bit.ly/2K7Mdni.

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