December 4, 2023
Japanese Paint, American Ford
The "Dentside" Ford trucks, widely regarded as some of the most beloved within the F-Series, have earned significant acclaim among collectors and enthusiasts for decades. Particularly celebrated as the pinnacle Ford trucks of the 1970s, they boast a diverse range of iterations in the hands of builders. From those meticulously lowered to practically grazing the ground, to others lifted for the challenges of off-road trails, these trucks have maintained their popularity, often competing closely with their counterparts, the GM Square Body trucks.
The front of the 1974 F-100
Meticulously restored by the father and daughter duo, this 1974 Ford F-100 underwent a comprehensive ground-up restoration, featuring a plethora of custom touches woven seamlessly throughout the rebuild. The diverse array of additions contributes to a unique finish, each element personalised to realise a dream of the ultimate truck envisioned many years before the commencement of the project.
The rear of the 1974 F-100
Painted in dark metallics, the body of the truck is adorned with a two-tone finish that elegantly combines Toyota and Honda greys. This two-tone ensemble embraces the vehicle in a refined, almost darkened tuxedo style, accentuated by a slender red pinstripe delicately separating the contrasting shades. Adding to the aesthetic, the shortbox proudly sports a set of aftermarket black shoes reminiscent of Cragar Series 365's, encased in BF Goodrich Radial T/A's.
The aftermarket wheels were a terrific touch to the F-100
The meticulous custom work on the old F-100 is evident both inside and out. Beginning with the exterior, the rear bumper was expertly replaced with a smoothed-out roll pan, effectively levelling the bed lines and providing a sleek platform for mounting the licence plate at the rear. This exterior refinement seamlessly transitions into the interior, where the truck underwent a transformation with brand-new leather from Envision Upholstery in the town of Sundre. This high-quality leather extends throughout the cab of the F-100, encompassing the door card inserts and a full leather headliner.
The interior of the Dentside Ford, with the Forever Sharp Pin-Up steering wheel right at home inside
In an effort to personalise the driving experience, the owner opted to part ways with the factory steering wheel, introducing an aftermarket Forever Sharp Pin-Up wheel. This addition not only brings together the customised details cohesively but also injects a touch of nostalgia, reminiscent of the iconic style embraced by old-school truckers into the interior.
The upholstered door panels were designed perfectly to give the classic look as you open the door.
The owner and his daughter acquired the F-100 locally from someone in Alberta whom had brought the truck up from the arid state of Arizona. Over the next two and a half years, they dedicated themselves to the meticulous restoration of the Dentside, bringing it to its current state of glory. The owner takes immense pride in the creation he has crafted, having set out with a vision and successfully conquered his dreams throughout the process.
The iconic headlight corner of this Dentside Ford was converted to a modern headlight treatment
Looking ahead, the next significant undertaking for the old short-box involves a conversion from its stock 390 cubic inch engine to a robust 429 big block. However, this ambitious modification is a venture reserved for another time, adding an exciting chapter to the truck's ongoing journey.
The custom seats that were completed by Envision Upholstery in Sundre, Alberta were beautifully crafted and fit perfectly to the colours of the truck
Rebuilt from the ground up during a meticulous two-and-a-half-year restoration by its owner, this 1974 Ford F-100 stands as a testament to dedication and craftsmanship. Powered by a formidable big block, this Dentside is a distinctive fusion of personal touches. From the incorporation of Japanese colours to the unique Pin-Up steering wheel, the truck emerges as a specialty machine imbued with both beauty and love.
The headliner was also done by Envision Upholstery, tying in the interior to absolute perfection
Until next time, keep following your dreams, and don't faulter them for any reason!
- Kyle Hanger of Searching for Classics