A '55 Ford F-100 With a Family History
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.
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