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CHRIS AYALA’S FORD F-100 EAS­ILY LOOKS AS GOOD AS THE DAY IT DROVE OFF THE LOT IN 1967, THOUGH IT TOOK JUST AS MUCH WORK AS WHEN IT WAS ORIG­I­NALLY BUILT TO GET IT WHERE IT IS TODAY. Grow­ing up with a diehard Ford owner for a fa­ther, Chris started look­ing for an F-100 five years ago. He bought four other trucks that turned out to be too far gone be­fore find­ing the Ford he was look­ing for. A one-owner truck pre­vi­ously, Chris and his neigh­bor, Basil, spent the next three years restor­ing it to get the F-100 look­ing just right.

The ’67 houses a Ford 302-ci V-8 en­gine,

C-4 trans­mis­sion with shift kit and 9-inch with posi and 3.70 gears, along with a host of up­grades to the en­gine that has it push­ing out 375 hp. A Crown Vic­to­ria front swap by Mod­ern So­lu­tions has it sit­ting solid. The en­tire build rolls on 18-inch Amer­i­can Rac­ing Torque Thrust II wheels wrapped in Cooper 275/40R18 rear and 245/40R18 front tires.

A frame-off restora­tion has the truck look­ing as good as new, and the gas tank has been re­lo­cated to the rear un­der the bed after be­ing swapped for one from a 1968 Mus­tang. The frame was sep­a­rated to get blasted and painted, with the body sand­blasted as well. Chris had his friend, Os­car, paint the Ford us­ing a base coat clear coat by Ma­trix. The bed has been cov­ered in color matched spray-on liner. The whole truck has been rewired with a new wiring har­ness from front to back. All of the glass has been re­placed by Valet Auto Glass Re­pair, which spe­cial­izes in clas­sic cars and trucks, and more than met the stan­dard for qual­ity Chris set for the build. On the in­te­rior, new car­pet, dash, knobs, bolt kit and more came from LMC Truck, en­sur­ing that the in­te­rior looks just as clean as the rest of the build.

Not only has Chris ex­e­cuted this project with his own two hands (with a lit­tle help from his friends), he also formed a club for F-100 own­ers. With that kind of pas­sion in­vested, it’s easy to see why this ’67 turns heads ev­ery­where it goes.

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