For the last few months I've been getting my old 1954 Ford F100 truck ready for the 50th Annual NSRA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. All of the work has just about paid off and just in time, as the show starts on Thursday, August 4th. I just completed one final touch and that was painting the front of the truck to match the patina on the rest of it. I used a red base coat and put it on in several coats to build up the material. I only need the paint job to last for about 6 months, so I don't have a need to shoot a clear coat on it. This truck was built in the early 1990s and is in need of a total reworking. I'll start that next spring.
Here's a look at what the truck looked like before the new steel wheels and the freshly painted front clip:
Out with the old and in with the ...new? I swapped those aluminum wheels for some steel wheels and '51 Ford car hubcaps
This Thursday, at 0400 I'll fire the F100 up, point it due north towards Lewyville and head to one of the largest Custom car shows in the US. My F100 will be one of an estimated 15,000 Hot Rods, Street Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars and Modified pre-1989 cars in attendance. Spectators will number into the high tens of thousands and every aftermarket parts manufacture you can name will be trying to keep cool next week and all weekend long!
Look for coverage right here on Custom & Hot Rod Life! And don't forget to...
Keep on Cruisin'!
About the Author:
"Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck."