1970 FORD F100
Tim King and TMI Automotive Products, Inc
One Smooth Bumpside
Innovation and imitation are two of the biggest driving forces when it comes to building custom vehicles. When a build is being planned, the thought process behind it usually falls into the category of building something that’s never been done before, or taking an existing idea and improving it. A bit of both happened in the planning process of this 1970 Ford F100. While walking the isles of cool customs on the floor at SEMA 2014, there was a slammed red F100 that the guys at TMI kept stopping at and just couldn’t get enough of.
TMI was deep in the process developing product for the ever expanding Chevy C10 market, and were thinking about what other iconic trucks to develop interiors for. After seeing that fateful red F100 at SEMA they knew they had to pick up a vintage Ford of their own to develop interior products, and to pull the trigger and do a complete F100 build of their own for SEMA.
Center of Attention
TMI really wanted to make their intentions clear at SEMA 2014 and to show off all their hard work. The F100 product line was started with the Fifth Generation ‘68-’72 era and was later expanded to run from 1953 all the way to 1986 to accommodate all the blue oval fans out there wanting to build their dream Ford truck the way they always wanted to. The R&D team at TMI developed a complete interior starting with Pro-Series Universal Low Back bucket seats in the classic VXR pattern, in charcoal grey suede and white vinyl with grey stitching and black grommets. With the seats developed and stitched up, a Sport R steering wheel was wrapped, matching door panels were fabricated, along with a dash pad, and custom waterfall center console complete with cup holders was created to make this interior really shine. The floor of the cab received a German Square Weave carpet kit in Salt and Pepper to keep things classy.
With the interior al nice and snug, a set of Dakota Digital gauges filled the dash, while a RetroSound Classic Radio head unit Quad4 Amplifier and R-TB8 speakers pumped out sounds, all wired into a customizable wiring kit from Painless Performance.
Keep it 100 The team at TMI went back to the office in Corona, CA, to scour the internet for a F100 to turn into a SEMA show stopper and as luck would have it, a great candidate was found just a few miles away. A little bit of bartering later and the truck was brought to the R&D miracles workers at TMI to undergo a massive restoration and be fitted with a full interior in time for SEMA 2015.
As with any build, getting the right stance and wheels is crucial. They reached out to DJM suspension that had everything needed to get the F100 at the right height and get the rest of the suspension dialed in. A set of 3-inch drop DJM Dream Beams replaced the stock twin I-beams in the front while retaining the factory spindles, while a set of Calmax SuperShocks keeps the ride smooth. The rear received new 4-inch drop hangers and shackles to get things on the same level as the front.
Finishing off the stance is a set of two-piece 18-inch American Racing VF49910-spokes wrapped in Continental 255/45 and 285/40 tires.
Built Ford Tough
Under the hood the tired engine was tossed in favor of a 5.0L from a 1990 Mustang. A Holley 600-cfm carburetor supplies all the air and fuel through an Edelbrock manifold. Doug Thorley headers and a complete 2 ½-inch Flowmaster exhaust round out the 5.0L. Backing the engine is a Tremec T5 with a Centerforce Clutch with an Inland Empire driveshaft that puts all that power through a limited slip Currie 9-inch rear with 3.50:1 gears.
On the outside TMI decided against a glossy paint and chose satin brown metallic paint to contrast against the gold-colored wheels. The body was shaved of all emblems, bed stake pockets, and the fuel filler was relocated to clean up the body lines. All the chrome was toned down using Eastwood’s Metal Blackening System.
After setting the goal of creating a killer F100 in only a year for the SEMA 2015 show, TMI really outdid themselves. All week long, huge crowds of spectators were lined up shoulder-to-shoulder as the brown and gold exterior grabbed their attention while the black and white interior made their jaws drop.