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"People ask me about all the custom body work a lot, and I have to tell them I barely changed a thing," Bud says. "All the streamlining around the fenders, the architecture of the cab, the taillights—that's all how it looked right from the factory."

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The straight-6 F-100 had a different hood emblem from the V8 F-100. Bud's truck started out as a straight-6, and even though it's now a V8, he kept the original ornament. "It's a cool design," he says, "and I like it better than the V8 badge." Like all the brightwork, this is an original emblem, painstakingly restored to better-than-new condition.

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Die-hard Ford truck fans will note that the grille is the wrong one! "I sent the '64 grille out to a place to be refinished," recalls Bud, "and I when it came back, I didn't really look at it. A year later, when I went to install it, I realized they had sent me the grille from a 1962 F-100. It was too late to do anything about it, and I really liked this grille better anyway, so I kept it."

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How far would you go to make your ride sound just right? Bud swapped out an entire engine and dropped in a custom-built upgrade! At the heart of this transplanted 429 is a Lunati Voodoo cam to make that perfect lopey idle sound (and some nice power, too). Everything else is there to support that power and sound, including the Weiand Stealth intake, Holley carburetor, MSD 6-AL ignition, and Hooker Super Competition headers. Music to our ears!

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A set of Auto Meter Ultra-Lite gauges resides on a custom-fabricated aluminum dash panel, crafted by Bud's buds at Ronnie's Custom Machining.

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Once the gas tank was relocated, Bud had lots of extra room to stretch out. The upholstery was one of the few things Bud didn't do himself—he turned it over to Ed Watson Upholstery and Custom Interiors for the Bostrom Lo-Profile seats wrapped in Persimmon Brown synthetic leather and tan ostrich hide. There are also modern amenities like a JVC stereo with Pioneer speakers, and a center console with cup holders.

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"I've never painted a whole truck before, so I got a lot of help," says Bud. "I spent a lot of time with my friends Francis and Dean at United Sales, just listening and taking notes. I also had help with the sanding—my 4 year-old granddaughter Ciara got into all the little nooks and crannies where I couldn't reach!"

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