Infinite Finesse: Dan Bouchard’s Award-Winning 1958 Ford F-100

“I wanted a bad-ass pickup that no one else had … to build something unique!”

No offense to owner Dan Bouchard, or builder Ryan Korek for that matter, but that sentiment, while having the best of intentions and all, is easier said than done—in most cases. But in this case, however, it seems seeing is believing, and believe me, this is one bad-ass F-100!

- Advertisement -

This unique 1958 Ford—nicknamed “Carlos” by its owner—started its new life as a cutting-edge hauler on the drawing board of Eric Brockmeyer before Ryan Korek and his Korek Designs crew in New Berlin, PA, began taking concept to reality with the F-100. Art Morrison Enterprises handled the initial platform by constructing a custom 2×6 boxed-‘rail chassis complete with their proprietary GT Sport IFS, coil-over four-linked Strange 9-inch rear, and beefy-diameter Wilwood binders—the latter of which are now neatly tucked behind Mike Curtis-milled Curtis Speed “twin” five-spokes with 35/40-series Continental Pro Extreme radials. Vintage Motorsports took on the task of repurposing a late-model F-150 Coyote 5.0L and 6R80 six-speed overdrive for the cause—with its Aeromotive-fed, Whipple-supercharged induction producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 700hp!

- Advertisement -

Above the top-shelf underlying components you see the resulting three-years of hard work on behalf of Korek Designs. As Dan describes it, “Each and every body panel was masseged/modified in one form or another.” From the hood, with its added scoops and extended character lines flowing into the filled cowl, to the clever integration of 1970 BMW 2002Ti door handles and custom-made tailgate latch and hinges, the custom grille to the roll-panned rocker panels and shaved drip rails—he’s not exaggerating! Ryan Korek himself applied the PPG EnviroBase (ozone-friendly!) custom-mixed Blue Ice metallic, while Advance Plating handled the chrome accordingly and Billet Badges created the one-off F-100 emblems. The bed now features an abbreviated custom white oak tongue-and-groove wood floor flanked by hand-made wheel tubs accommodating the 20×11 wheels with those meaty 315s.

After the cab’s base interior (dash, floor, etc.) was finished up at Korek, John Miller Interiors took on the final major phase of Carlos’ construction. Using Relicate Leather, the upholstery was done in a perfect contemporary style, with Snowden bucket seats, one-piece hardform headliner, and custom center console. An ididit tilt column—equipped with a Billet Specialties wheel—replaces the old three-on-the-tree, while a Dakota Digital cluster does the same for the old mechanical gauges and stock insert, and Vintage Air added in the absence of original A/C altogether!

- Advertisement -

For their efforts—everyone involved—Carlos was honored with the 2019 Goodguys Truck of the Year Early, a title it just may end up wearing till 2021 by the looks of the 2020 summer event season so far! Congrats to all!

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

Search Our Site

More Classic Truck Performance

Masterful Metalwork With Scott’s Hotrods N Customs

Behind The Scenes Look at Brian Schutte’s 1951 Chevy...

Dino’s “Black Widow” 1973 Chevy C10 Stepside

Gittin’ Down With Dino Battilana’s LS swapped 1973 Square...

Retrofitting 1973-80 AMD Inner Fenders On 1981-87 Square Body Chevy

Gaining some clearance With Harrison’s Rod & Custom By Jason...

The Perfect Hot Rod Recipe? Lenhart’s 1947 Ford Truck

John Lenhart’s Stunning Orange Pearl Paint and Pro Fabrication...

How To Rebuild Control Arms on a 1967-72 Chevy Truck Or Suburban

Budget Front Suspension Overhaul For 67-72 C10 & Suburban By...

Kenny’s One Of A Kind Show Truck

Kenny Kimbrough’s “Killer” 1949 GMC Truck By Rob Fortier &...
More Classic Truck Performance

1949 Chevy Truck Runs Low 12s At The Dragstrip!

From Drag Strip to Long Hauling, this 1949 Chevy...

1956 Chevy 3100, a Tribute to a Supportive Wife

Ricardo Lopez Pays Tribute to Many Years of His...

PARTS DEPARTMENT – Latest CTP New Products include Pertronix and PPG

Why Seal-4-Good? The Seal-4-Good product line is a staple in...

Massaro’s Award Winning Atomic Silver 1956 Ford F-100

No Compromise 1956 Ford F-100 Is Worth The Wait By...

How To Install a TR3550 Tremec Transmission Into a Dentside Ford

Improving Shift Feel With A TR3550 transmission in a...

Shop Tour: Old Anvil Speed Shop

Complete Custom Fabrication, Intricate CNC Work, Restoration, Chassis Design,...