Goodguys 2022 Scott’s Hotrods Truck of the Year Early!
Congratulations to Alex Short for winning the Goodguys 2022 Scott’s Hotrods Truck of the Year Early title with your 1958 Ford F100 built by Revision Rods & Rides! We’ll see you and your vehicle in Scottsdale, Arizona November 18-20, 2022 at the 25th Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals!
Late-’50s F100s have generally not been common starting points for full-custom truck builds, but Alex Short’s stunning ’58 named “Frigid” provides this generation of F100 owners a truck full of innovative ideas to work with.
Beginning in 1957, Ford pickup styling evolved from the classic rounded look of the 1956-and-earlier models to a much boxier design. Alex worked with Tyler Nelson and the crew at Revision Rods & Rides to create a truck that is anything but stock and uses those square features to its advantage. From top to bottom, front to back, the modifications are both obvious and subtle. That’s the way it should be. It takes an owner and build team to make it work, and Alex’s truck works.
Let’s start with the outside. Beginning with a modified roof line, other changes include flush-mounted rear glass, shaved drip rails, tweaked rear window surround, one-piece door glass, and shaved windshield wipers. Everything on the front from the custom front bumper back has been modified, including the reshaped hood and front fenders. The one-off grille, headlight bezels, and turn-signal housings were all custom machined.
The engine compartment panels are modified to highlight the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, from the smoothed firewall to the inner fender panels and the radiator cover. Custom sheet metal touches continue with extended rocker panels, shaved door handles, a widened bed that includes custom inserts and a custom tailgate. The custom-machined taillight bezels continue the theme started up front, along with one-off exhaust tips custom made to fit in the hand-formed rolled pan. The body panels are beautifully finished in Glasurit Oxford White and Avalanche Gray paint with custom orange striping.
The truck rides on a modified Scott’s Hotrods chassis featuring front and rear coil-over suspension components from RideTech and six-piston, 14-inch Wilwood disc brakes behind 20×9- and 22×11-inch wheels custom machined by Colorado Custom. The 700-horsepower Coyote engine is topped by a Whipple supercharger set between custom valve covers created by Revision. Ultimate Headers direct exhaust gases through the custom stainless exhaust system.
The interior showcases the work performed by Seams Impossible Custom Interiors, with Glide seat frames fitted with custom foam covered in black and orange Hydes leather. Custom Dakota Digital gauges reside in a custom dash and the steering wheel is a one-off design from Sparc Industries. All the custom interior machine work was done by Atomic Machine, with nickel work by Ogden Chrome.
Sleek, bold, and innovative, this Frigid ’58 proves that cool customs can stem from unusual starting points, and we suspect is just might inspire more fine late-’50s F100s.
Photos by Todd Ryden