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American Powertrain Systems
Ecoboost Clutch Kit With HYDRAMAX Hydraulic Clutch Actuator System
American Powertrain Systems
Transmission, Manual, Tremec TKO 600, 5-Speed, 1 1/8 in. 26-Spline, Ford, V8, Each
American Powertrain Systems
Transmission, Manual, Tremec TKO 600, 5-Speed, 1 1/8 in. 26-Spline, Ford, V8, Each
American Powertrain Systems
White Lightning Billet Shifter Mechanism, TKO, independent adjustable spring bias for improved centering. 8-W
Baer Brake Systems
Disc Brakes, SS4, Rear, Cross-drilled/Slotted Rotors, 4-piston Chrome Powdercoat Calipers, Parking Brake, 5x4.5/5x4.75, Kit
Baer Brake Systems
Disc Brakes, Track4, Front, Cross-drilled/Slotted Rotors, 4-piston Chrome Powdercoated Calipers, 5x4.5/5x4.75 Kit
Chemical Guys
TORQ TORQ22D Random Orbital Polisher Kit: TORQ22D Random Orbital Polisher, TORQ22D Random Orbital Polisher Backing Plate (6 inch), Hex-Logic Medium-Heavy Cutting Pad, Orange (6.5 Inch), Hex-Logic Light-Medium Polishing Pad, White (6.5 Inch), Hex-Logic Finishing Pad, Black (6.5 Inch), V Line Polish & Compound Sample Kit (4 oz)
Consew
Triple Feed, Heavy Duty, Single Needle, Drop Feed, Needle Feed, Compound Feed, Alternating (Walking) Presser Feet, Lockstich Machine
Covercraft
Protective Car Cover
Crown Performance
Custom Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
Currie Enterprises
Assembly Line Up Bar Fixture, 9 in. Ford Rear End
Currie Enterprises
Custom Cut-to-Length Axle Assembly, F9 Fabricated Housing, 31-spline Axles (cut-to-length), Nodular Third-member, 3.70:1 gears, Limited Slip Differential, Call to Order
Dake
Arbor Presses - Ratchet Leverage, 3T
Dakota Digital, Inc.
Gauge Kit, Analog, VHX Series, White Display, Standard, Clock/Fuel Level/Water Temp/Volt/Oil Press/Speedo/Tach
Denny's Driveshaft
Custom Aluminum 3.5" Driveshaft
Dupli-Color
Paint, Paint Shop Finish, Lacquer, Gloss, Brilliant Silver, 1 qt., Each
Dupli-Color
Undercoating, Rubberized, Textured, Black, Sound Eliminator, 17 oz., Aerosol, Each
Ford Performance Parts
3.5L, 365 Horsepower, EcoBoost Crate Engine Kit from Ford Racing
Ford Performance Parts
Ford Racing, Engine Control Pack, Manual Transmission, 3.5L EcoBoost
Hermance Design
Automotive Design and Illustration
JW Rod Garage
53-56 Ford truck frames are made of fully TIG-welded 10-gauge steel for strength and durability, Complete MII hub-to-hub kit with double adjustable coilover suspension upgrade, Parallel four bar kit, Universal panhard bar kit
LMC Truck
48-1570 - Stepside Rear Roll Pan W/LIC
LMC Truck
47-1105, Power Window Kit-2 Door
LMC Truck
49-9929-T - Ford- Hood-Steel 1 REQ
LMC Truck
Radiator Grille Panel
LMC Truck
Window Regulator - LH/RH, F100, F250, 53-55
Matco Tools
BPHSET5 - 5 Peice Ball-Pen Hammer Set
Matco Tools
HSV13K - 13 Piece Hole Saw Kit
Matco Tools
WH639 - Window Holder
Mecum Auction
The world leader in live auctions of collector and classic cars, antique motorcycles, vintage tractors and memorabilia with events across the US
Nitto Tire
Tire, NT 555, 255 /45R18, Radial, 1,929 lbs. Maximum Load, W Speed Rated, Blackwall, Each
Nitto Tire
Tire, NT 555, 295 /45R18, Radial, 2,469 lbs. Maximum Load, W Speed Rated, Blackwall, Each
Power Probe
The HOOK, Premiere Power Probe Device
PPG
Deltron DMD 1684 paint
PPG
PPG DCU 2021 clearcoat
QuickTime Inc.
RM-8086, Bellhousing, SFI Approved, Ford 3.5/3.7L to TKO 500/600, TR3550, Mustang T5
QuickTime Inc.
RM-8086, Bellhousing, SFI Approved, Ford 3.5/3.7L to TKO 500/600, TR3550, Mustange T5
Rick's Hot Rod Shop
Custom Stainless Fuel Tank, W/ 255LPH Fuel Pump
Ron Francis
XP-67 Ford Powered EXPRESS Wiring System, COMPLETE WIRING SYSTEM: 16 Fuse = 18-20 Circuits
Seams Ridiculous Upholstery
Seams Ridiculous Upholstery LLC is an award-winning auto upholstery shop that specializes in all aspects of custom interior
Single Source
Evercoat Slick Sand Polyester Primer Surfacer - Gray
Single Source
Evercoat, Auto Body Filler, Rage, Gold, 3.0 Liters, Each
Single Source
EVERCOAT, Metal 2 Metal Aluminum filled body repair for metal surfaces
Single Source
K38 Urethane Primer Surfacer-Gallon PPG
Summit Racing
Arbor Presses - Ratchet Leverage, 3T
Summit Racing
TSW Nurburgring,Wheel, Aluminum, Gunmetal, 19 in. x 9 in., 5 x 4.5 in. Bolt Circle, +32m Offset, 76mm Hub
The Industrial Depot
The Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware, and Shop Supplies
Three Rivers Supply Company
Automotive and marine upholstery supplier. Aftermarket upholstery distributor for automotive, marine, & restaurant. Wholesale Only
Unisteer Performance Products
Rack And Pinion, Electric Steering, 4,500 lb. capacity, Kit
Vibrant Performance
Custom Fabricated Intercooler
Vibrant Performance
The Source for Professional Fabrication Components
Wilwood Engineering
Brake Clutch Pedals, Aluminum, Black, Forward Mount, Universal, Each
Wilwood Engineering
Brake Master Cylinder, Compact Remote Mount, Single Bowl Design, 0.875 in. Bore Size, Aluminum, Black, Kit
Wilwood Engineering
Brake Master Cylinder, Compact Remote Side Mount, Single Bowl Design, 0.813 in. Bore Size, Aluminum, Kit

Episode Transcript

(ANNOUNCER)>> FROM RUST BUCKET TO SPARKLY DIAMOND, OUR F-100 FINALLY SEES THE LIGHT OF DAY. LT AND JEREMY TEST HER LIMITS BOTH ON THE HIGHWAY AND ON A MAKE SHIFT ROAD COURSE, ALL BEFORE SHE'S PUT ON THE AUCTION BLOCK. YOU'LL SEE IT ALL TODAY ON TRUCK TECH.

(JEREMY)>> WELL THERE SHE SITS. AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS OUR '55 FORD F-100

IS FINALLY COMPLETE. NOW JUST AS WE'VE TURNED HER LAST NUT AND BOLT SHE'S GOING AWAY TODAY.

(LT)>> THAT'S RIGHT, SOLD TO THE HIGHEST

BIDDER AS THEY SAY. LATER ON WE'RE GONNA TAKE HER UP TO MECUM AUCTIONS WHERE JEREMY'S BABY WILL BE ROLLED ACROSS THE BLOCK WITH NO RESERVE.

(JEREMY)>> NO RESERVE!

(LT)>> THAT'S PRETTY SCARY.

(JEREMY)>> THAT'S REALLY SCARY. LET'S FACE IT, IF THERE'S ONLY ONE GUY OUT IN THE AUDIENCE THAT REALLY WANTS THIS TRUCK IT MAY GO PRETTY CHEAP.

(LT)>> SOMEONE COULD GET A HECK OF A DEAL.

(JEREMY)>> THEY COULD BUT A LOT OF YOU GUYS CAN RELATE. YOU PUT YOUR HEART AND SOUL INTO A PROJECT JUST HOPING THAT SOMEDAY SOMEONE WILL HAVE JUST AS MUCH FUN WITH IT AS YOU HAD BUILDING IT, BUT THIS FORD'S NOT GOING AWAY JUST YET.

(LT)>> THAT'S RIGHT, AS WE LOOK BACK ON THE BUILD OF OUR '55, TODAY WE'RE ACTUALLY GONNA TEST THE LIMITS OF IT AS WELL, ACCELERATION, CORNERING, BRAKING, AND ALL THAT FUN STUFF, BUT FIRST LET'S LOOK AT WHERE OUR CLASSIC FORD ADVENTURE BEGAN.

(JEREMY)>> IT WAS RIGHT HERE IN ALLEN JACKSON'S GARAGE. NO, NOT THE COUNTRY GUY, THIS GUY WHO ORIGINALLY PURCHASED THE TRUCK. HE HAD THE CAB CHOPPED TWO INCHES, AND ALTHOUGH HE KEPT

THE ORIGINAL FRAME ALLEN BOUGHT A TON OF NEW PARTS, INCLUDING A NEW TAILGATE, NEW BED SIDES, AND NEW BED FLOOR. THE FENDERS WERE ALREADY BODY WORKED. I MEAN HIS DREAM TRUCK WAS WELL UNDER WAY.

(ALLEN)>> I KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO PUT INTO THE TRUCK SO IF I DID SELL IT I WOULD BE ABLE TO AT LEAST BREAK EVEN OR MAKE A LITTLE MONEY.

AT THAT TIME I JUST DECIDED IT WAS JUST TIME TO GO AHEAD AND

GET RID OF THIS PROJECT AND GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ONE. I WILL TELL YOU NOW, YOU GUYS, I LOST MONEY. EITHER LOSE A LITTLE BIT NOW AND GIVE IT TO YOU GUYS, AND I CAN SIT BACK AND WATCH THE EPISODES AND THINK MAN THIS IS

AWESOME, I CAN SEE WHERE THIS TRUCK'S PROGRESSING. I DO HATE TO SEE THIS ONE GO AND HOPEFULLY I GET TO SEE IT WHENEVER IT'S DONE.

(LT)>> WELL ALLEN IF YOU'RE WATCHING, I HOPE YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE. HEY MAN, HAVE YOU EVER SOLD A PROJECT HALF WAY THROUGH?

(JEREMY)>> I HAVE AND I REGRET IT TO THIS DAY. I HAD TO MOVE OFF TO COLLEGE AND UNFORTUNATELY MY MID '70 C-10 HAD TO GO, BUT HEY, IF YOU HAVE IT CALL ME.

(LT)>> NOW WE DID HAVE A BIG DECISION TO MAKE. SHOULD WE BUILD ON A 60 YEAR OLD STEEL FRAME OR GO WITH SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE MODERN?

(JEREMY)>> JW ROD GARAGE SUPPLIED US WITH AN ALL NEW FULLY BOXED CHASSIS SETUP WITH A MUSTANG TWO STYLE FRONT SUSPENSION AND RACK AND PINION STEERING, AND A FOUR LINK OUT BACK, AND LET ME TELL YOU IT TURNED OUT GREAT.

(LT)>> YOU KNOW UNDERNEATH THIS TRUCK REALLY HAS A CLEAN APPEARANCE. THE LINES ARE ALL VERY TIDY, THE EXHAUST LOOKS GREAT, AND THE CROWNING TOUCH ARE THESE ORANGE CROWN PERFORMANCE

BRAIDED BRAKE LINES.

(JEREMY)>> THE AXLE WE HUNG UNDERNEATH THE FRAME IS A CUSTOM WIDTH NINE INCH CURRIE WITH 3.70 GEARS AND A POSI, AND ASSEMBLING ALL THESE NEW PARTS WAS A BREEZE.

(LT)>> I WOULD SAY THE MOST BUZZ WE'VE GOTTEN ABOUT OUR PROJECT IS THE POWER PLANT. WE WANTED TO KEEP IT ALL IN THE FORD FAMILY, BUT DIDN'T WANT TO INSTALL JUST ANOTHER WINDSOR SMALL BLOCK OR EVEN A COYOTE. OUR OUT OF THE BOX SOLUTION WAS THIS THREE AND A HALF LITER ECOBOOST VSIX WITH A PAIR OF TURBOS BOLTED TO THE SIDE. AND EVERYBODY KNOWS ROWING THE GEARS IS MORE FUN THAN JUST SHIFTING IT INTO DRIVE. SO A FIVE SPEED TREMEC WAS PROVIDE BY AMERICAN POWERTRAIN.

(JEREMY)>> THIS DRIVETRAIN COMBINATION IS LITERALLY A

BLAST TO DRIVE, BUT I'M JUMPING AHEAD OF MYSELF.

(LT)>> RATHER THAN TAKING THE RISK OF PAINTING OVER SOMEONE ELSE'S BODY WORK, WE BLASTED THE CAB BACK TO BARE METAL AND IT'S A GOOD THING WE DID. THERE WERE SEVERAL AREAS THAT NEEDED ADDITIONAL WORK BEFORE WE COULD PUT OUR NAME ON IT, LIKE THE SHAVED DRIP RAIL, WHICH JEREMY WELDED SOLID, AND THIS BODY AIR VENT, WHICH NEED TO BE METAL WORKED PROPERLY.

(JEREMY)>> NOW COULD WE HAVE JUST SLAPPED MUD OVER THESE SPOT WELDS AND BEEN DONE WITH IT? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! ANYTIME YOU DO A PATCH PANEL LIKE WE DID HERE YOU ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU WELD IT UP SOLID. IF YOU DON'T AND YOU GET ANY KIND OF BODY FLEX OR YOU GET ANY SHRINKAGE FROM THE SUN, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, GOOD CHANCE THAT'LL BUST ON YOU. NEXT WE BROUGHT IN TWO GOOD FRIENDS OF MINE, LARRY HARVEL

AND BRETT STEPHENS FROM STIX ROD SHOP. THEY HELPED US MOCK UP THE ENTIRE TRUCK SO WE COULD SET ALL THE GAPS. WE ROUGHED UP THE METAL WITH GRINDERS AND SKIM COATED IN FILLER. THEN BLOCK SANDED TO ENSURE THE FINISHED PRODUCT WAS LASER STRAIGHT. IT'S A TIME CONSUMING PROCESS BUT THE WORK SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

(LT)>> OVER AT THE ENGINE BAY, FITTING AN INTERCOOLER INTO A

TWIN TURBO'ED '55 F-100 PRESENTED SOME CHALLENGES. I MEAN, IT'S NOT LIKE YOU CAN JUST GO OUT AND BUY ONE AND EXPECT IT TO BOLT RIGHT INTO THE TRUCK STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. TO KEEP THE INLET AIR TEMPERATURE UNDER CONTROL

JAY THORNTON FROM VIBRANT PERFORMANCE TOOK OUR

MEASUREMENTS AND FABBED UP A CUSTOM TWO QUART INTERCOOLER THAT MIMICS THE LOOK OF A CLASSIC '50'S RADIATOR. THEN THE ENTIRE TRUCK WAS BLOWN APART ONCE AGAIN SO THE

FRAME COULD BE GIVEN A PAINT JOB NICER THAN MOST VEHICLES GET OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE.

(JEREMY)>> I CONTACTED HERMANCE DESIGN, WHO DREW A RENDERING AROUND MY PAINT SCHEME. THIS GAVE ME A VISUAL ON THE LAYOUT, ONE THAT WOULD BE SUBTLE BUT STILL GIVE A MODERN LOOK TO OUR CLASSIC RIDE. IT BEGAN WITH A WHITE AND GRAY TWO TONE WITH AN ORANGE PIN STRIPE ON THE HOOD. IT'S TIMELESS BUT STYLISH FOR YEARS TO COME, RATHER THAN SOME OF THOSE TRENDY PAINT SCHEMES THAT CAN BECOME QUICKLY DATED.

(LT)>> HONESTLY JEREMY I THINK YOU'VE OUTDONE YOURSELF. THIS TRUCK LOOKS PRETTY AWESOME.

(JEREMY)>> THANKS MAN. I FIGURED IT UP, I'VE GOT A LITTLE UNDER 500

HOURS IN THIS THING.

(LT)>> THAT'S A LOT OF HOURS, LONG TIME.

(JEREMY)>> BUT MAN, JUST LOOK AT IT.

(LT)>> ALL WE HAD LEFT TO DO WAS WIRE THE TRUCK AND CREATE A CUSTOM INTERIOR, BOTH WITH THE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS SCOTT BOWERS AND TOMMY PERKINS, WHO MADE SURE OUR ORANGE ACCENT MADE INTO OUR REPURPOSED NISSAN ALTIMA SEATS.

(JEREMY)>> THE GLASS THAT CAME WITH THE TRUCK, IT FELL A LITTLE SHORT. SO GLASS GUY CHICAGO CUT A NEW ONE FOR US, WHICH BRINGS US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

(LT)>> IT'S TAKEN ABOUT A YEAR FOR US TO TRANSFORM THIS TRUCK FROM A PILE OF BARE METAL PARTS INTO THE SHOW STOPPING, RUNNING AND DRIVING RESTO MOD YOU SEE BEHIND US, AND THERE IS JUST TWO OF US. WE DON'T HAVE ANY BEHIND THE SCENES STUNT MECHANICS OR REALLY THAT MUCH HELP.

(JEREMY)>> YEAH WE'RE ONLY ONE SHIFT HERE, BUT FOR THIS TRUCK

WE SPENT MANY LATE NIGHTS AND A LOT OF WEEKENDS JUST TO MAKE THIS TRUCK WHAT IT IS TODAY. TO ME, FROM THE FACTORY, THESE TRUCKS LOOK VERY UNPROPORTIONED. THE ROOFS ARE REALLY TALL ON THEM, THEY LEAN BACK A LITTLE BIT. SO BRINGING THAT ROOF LINE DOWN REALLY SLICKED OUT THE WAY THIS TRUCK LOOKS. LET ALONE WITH GETTING RID OF THE DOOR HANDLES REALLY CLEANED IT UP, AND WE STRETCHED THE REAR FENDERS, WE PULLED THE RUNNING BOARDS UP TOWARDS THE BODY, AND EVEN RAISED THE BED A LITTLE BIT. IT JUST MADE THE TRUCK LOOK MORE OF HOW I THOUGHT IT SHOULD LOOK FROM THE FACTORY.

(LT)>> WITH A MODERN DRIVETRAIN AND ALL THE SUBTLE MODIFICATIONS WE'VE MADE TO THIS TRUCK, WE MIGHT AS WELL CALL IT A 2017 F-100.

(ANNOUNCER)>> WE KNOW SHE'S PRETTY BUT HOW WILL SHE PERFORM.

NEXT THE GUYS WILL SHAKE HER DOWN, AND LATER WHAT WOULD YOU BID TO OWN OUR RESTO MOD?

(JEREMY)>> HEY WELCOME BACK TO TRUCK TECH.

WE'VE TAKEN YOU STEP BY STEP THROUGH THE BUILD OF OUR F-100 AND WELL, THERE'S ONLY ONE THING LEFT TO DO.

(LT)>> THAT'S RIGHT, AFTER PUTTING THAT MANY HOURS INTO A PROJECT THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IS GET OUT ON THE ROAD AND PUT SOME MILES ON IT.

(JEREMY)>> THAT'S RIGHT, LET'S HIT THE ROAD. YOU READY FOR A RIDE?

(LT)>> LET'S DO IT. [ engine fires up ]

(JEREMY)>> PAYS OFF!

MAN THIS IS A LONG TIME COMING. IT'S GOOD TO GET THE TRUCK OUT ON THE ROAD AGAIN WHERE IT'S

MEANT TO BE, AND WHO KNOWS HOW LONG IT'S BEEN SINCE SHE'S FELT WIND IN HER SAILS. OH YEAH! [ engine revving ]

(LT)>> YOU KNOW NORMALLY I DON'T LIKE THE SOUND OF A VSIX BUT WHEN YOU PUT TWO TURBOS ON THE SIDE OF IT.

(JEREMY)>> IT'S NOT BAD.

(LT)>> FROM THE OUTSIDE WE'VE GOT A CLASSIC LOOKING TRUCK, BUT UNDERNEATH IT'S ALL MODERN, ALL BRAND NEW. IT RIDES AND HANDLES JUST LIKE A BRAND NEW TRUCK. THE HIGH TECH COIL OVERS UP FRONT ARE A FAR CRY FROM THE HORSE DRAWN WAGON SPRINGS MANY OF THESE OLD TRUCKS CAME WITH.

(JEREMY)>> BANGING THROUGH THE GEARS OF OUR TREMEC FIVE SPEED, YOU REALLY GET THE FEEL OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE IN A SPORTS CAR. PLUS A LOT BETTER THAN THAT BORING AUTOMATIC.

(LT)>> OH MAN, YOU CAN'T BEAT IT. LIKE AUTOMATICS ARE GREAT AN ALL, BUT THERE'S JUST NOTHING THAT BEATS SHIFTING YOUR OWN GEARS. YOU KNOW YOU HEAR THAT BLOW OFF VALVE BETWEEN SHIFTS. JUST LISTEN TO THAT SOUNDTRACK.

(JEREMY)>> WHOA, TORQUEY. THE TRUCK RIDES REALLY GOOD TOO. ANOTHER GREAT THING TOO IS WE HAVE PLENTY OF POWER BUT WE'LL STILL GET OVER 20 MILES A GALLON.

(LT)>> I MEAN DON'T GET ME WRONG, IT'S CERTAINLY NOT THE FASTEST THING I'VE EVER BEEN IN, BUT IT'S FAST ENOUGH. YEAH IT'LL GET YOU IN TROUBLE.

(JEREMY)>> AND ON OUR FAVORITE PRIVATE ROAD I KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS WON'T MIND. [ engine revving ]

(JEREMY)>> HOW ABOUT RIGHT HERE?

(LT)>> NOW WE'RE NOT DONE WITH OUR SHAKEDOWN JUST YET. TO TEST OUR TRUCK'S CORNERING, ACCELERATION, AND BRAKING WE BORROWED OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT'S TRAINING PAD WHERE JEREMY AND I SET UP A MAKESHIFT ROAD COURSE.

(JEREMY)>> WITH SOME SHARP CURVES AND GOOD STRAIGHTAWAYS, I'LL MAKE AN INITIAL PASS TO GET A GOOD BASE LINE. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, TO BE A THREE POINT FIVE LITER IT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE. IT'S GOT A LOT OF POWER. THE ONLY PROBLEM I'M HAVING IS GETTING THE RUBBER TO STICK TO THE GROUND. IF I CAN GET IT TO STICK DOWN TO THIS CONCRETE I THINK WE'LL MAKE SOME GOOD TIMES.

WHAT I NOTICED WHEN WE WERE DRIVING THE TRUCK, WHEN WE WERE CORNERING, YOU COULD HEAR A LITTLE BIT OF SQUEAKY. WHAT THAT WAS, IT WAS A TIRE JUST BARELY RUBBING THE INSIDE OF THE BED. SO MAKING A SLIGHT ADJUSTMENT WITH THE PAN HARD BAR. SEE IF WE CAN MOVE THE AXLE A LITTLE BIT AND ELIMINATE THAT. MAN THE TORQUE ON THIS THING IS CRAZY! THE TURBOS ARE SO SMALL, SO THEY SPOOL SO QUICK. JUST KEEP THE RUBBER TO THE GROUND IT DID REALLY GOOD. A LITTLE BIT OF A STRAIGHTAWAY HERE. [ engine revving ]

(LT)>> IT LOOKED LIKE A REALLY FUN RUN BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARD TO PUT ALL THE POWER DOWN, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE IN FIRST GEAR. THOSE TURBOS COME ON, IT JUST WANTS TO SPIN THE TIRES LOOSE, BUT DEFINITELY LOOKS LIKE A FUN RIDE.

(JEREMY)>> HAVE FUN!

(LT)>> I'LL GET BEHIND THE WHEEL FOR A GO. SEE IF THERE'S ANY ADDITIONAL ADJUSTMENTS WE CAN MAKE TO THE SUSPENSION.

(JEREMY)>> MAN THE TRUCK HAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TORQUE. THAT THING REALLY MOVES. GOT A LITTLE BIT OF BODY ROLL BUT OTHER THAN THAT, I MEAN, IT DOES REALLY GOOD TO BE A 1955 MODEL, A FEW UPGRADES THOUGH.

(LT)>> SO THE NEXT ADJUSTMENT WE'RE GONNA MAKE IS GONNA BE ON THE COMPRESSION SETTING ON THE DAMPENERS. WE'RE GONNA TRY TO MAKE THE FRONT END STICK JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE AND MAKE THE BACK END JUST A LITTLE BIT LOOSE TO

HELP US TRY AND ROTATE AROUND THE CORNERS A LITTLE BIT QUICKER. IT DEFINITELY TURNS IN. THE BACK END IS A LITTLE BIT LOOSE. WE MAY NEED TO WORK ON THAT. YEAH IT'S A LITTLE BIT LOOSE, JUST LIGHTS THEM UP, BUT THE TURN IN IS AWESOME. SO THE CHANGES DID EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED THEM TO DO, WE JUST WENT A LITTLE BIT TOO FAR.

(JEREMY)>> AS FOR THE FORD'S STOPPING POWER, MONEY!

(LT)>> WELL THAT'S DEFINITELY A WORKOUT MOVING THE WHEEL BACK AND FORTH BUT IT'S A BLAST. I JUST WISH I HAD A LITTLE BIT LONGER COURSE, GET MAYBE INTO SECOND GEAR, BUT WAHOO, IT'S FUN, ESPECIALLY FOR A BRAND NEW TRUCK.

(ANNOUNCER)>> NEXT WE'RE WHEELING AND DEALING AT MECUM AUCTIONS.

(LT)>> I'VE HAD A BLAST TODAY SLINGING THIS CLASSIC F-100 AROUND THESE CONES, AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, FOR A SHOW TRUCK

IT HANDLES PRETTY DARN GOOD, AND YOU KNOW WHAT? I HATE TO SEE IT GO.

(JEREMY)>> ME TOO. YOU KNOW DESPITE THE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF MAN HOURS WE

HAVE IN THIS TRUCK, A DAY LIKE TODAY MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY FOR US THIS IS OUR LAST DAY WITH THIS TRUCK, BUT HOPEFULLY THE NEW OWNER WILL HAVE JUST AS MUCH FUN AS WE DID.

(LT)>> YOU THINK YOU WANT TO CLEAN IT UP FOR THEM A LITTLE BIT?

(JEREMY)>> MAN I DON'T WANT TO DETAIL THIS TRUCK.

WHY'D YOU SLING SO MUCH RUBBER ALL OVER IT? LOOK AT ALL THE BUGS YOU KILLED. TIME FOR ONE LAST CHORE, GET THIS BABY SOLD SO WE CAN BUY MORE PROJECTS. THAT MEANS ROAD TRIP UP TO LOUISVILLE, AND THE KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER, HOME THIS WEEKEND FOR MECUM AUCTIONS.

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING! IT'S LIKE A TRAVELING CARNIVAL OF EVERYTHING AUTOMOTIVE. 13 CITIES ARE CHOSEN EACH YEAR FOR THIS MADE FOR TV EVENT.

(LT)>> BUT TO BE HERE IN PERSON AND EXPERIENCE THE SHEER VOLUME OF COOL CARS AND TRUCKS, NOT TO MENTION THE BIDDING ACTION ON THE BLOCK. [ auctioneer chanting ]

(LT)>> IT'S JUST PLAIN COOL! DANA MECUM IS THE DEAL MAKER. HIS SON FRANK IS HEIR APPARENT AND RUNS THE SHOW ALONG WITH ABOUT 170 SUPPORT STAFF. THEY'VE MADE MECUM AUCTIONS THE WORLD'S LARGEST COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION COMPANY.

(DANA)>> AFTER DOING THIS FOR 30 YEARS, EVERY AUCTION

THERE'S STILL SOME NEW CIRCUMSTANCE, A NEW WAY TO WORK A DEAL TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. IT'S UNCHARTED WATER.

(FRANK)>> WE KNEW 25 YEARS AGO WHAT THIS WOULD BE. IT JUST TOOK EVERYBODY ELSE THAT MANY YEARS TO CATCH UP TO US.

(JEREMY)>> SO HOW EASY IT TO SELL YOUR RIDE AT MECUM? DO WHAT WE DID. SEND IN AN APPLICATION, FILL OUT THE PACKET THEY SEND YOU, WHICH INCLUDES YOUR ENTRY FEE AND INSTRUCTIONS TO MAIL IN YOUR TITLE. THEN ALL YOU'VE GOT TO DO IS SHOW UP.

(JOHN)>> YOU KNOW ONE THING ABOUT MECUM AUCTIONS, WE DON'T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST VALUES OR TYPES OF CARS. ANY SINGLE PERSON THAT WANTS TO BRING A VEHICLE TO MECUM AUCTION IS GONNA HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT, AND THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHAT WE WANT TO SHOW IS THE SPECTRUM, AND THE VARIETY OF WHAT'S OUT THERE, WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN THE COLLECTOR CAR WORLD. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT THE $100,000 DOLLAR PLUS CARS. WE KNOW THAT, AND OUR BUYERS KNOW THAT TOO. ( )>> HOWDY, WELCOME TO MECUM.

(LT)>> WE CHECKED IN TWO DAYS BEFORE OUR LOT HITS THE AUCTION BLOCK, AND IF YOUR PAPERWORK IS IN ORDER THEY TAKE THE KEYS AND SHE'S GONE.

DOES IT HURT TO WATCH SOMEBODY ELSE DRIVE YOUR TRUCK AWAY?

(JEREMY)>> IT'S LIKE BEING CHEATED ON, IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT.

(LT)>> HERE'S HOW MUCH IT COST. BUYERS PAY A 10 PERCENT COMMISSION.

SELLERS, OR CONSIGNERS AS THEY CALL YOU, PAY 10 PERCENT IF YOU SET A RESERVE, BUT SELL IT NO RESERVE AND THAT COMMISSION DROPS TO FIVE. BIDDERS REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR $100 BUCKS, AND THAT GETS YOU AND A GUEST IN THE DOOR.

(JOHN)>> YOU PAY THE $100 DOLLARS. WE TAKE A $500 DOLLAR CREDIT AUTHORIZATION ON A MAJOR CREDIT CARD OR $500 DOLLAR CASH DEPOSIT. YOU PAY WITH A CHECK. WHEN YOU BUY THE CAR YOU TAKE THE CAR WITH YOU. WE HOLD THE TITLES FOR THREE WEEKS WAITING FOR ALL THE

CHECKS TO CLEAR, SIMPLE AS THAT.

(LT)>> NOW THIS IS ACTUALLY OUR LAST CHANCE. WE TALKED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO GO WITH A RESERVE ON THIS TRUCK, AND I THINK WE'RE LEANING TO NO RESERVE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

(JEREMY)>> I THINK AT NO RESERVE IT'S LESS EXPENSIVE FOR US TO SELL THE TRUCK. PLUS AT NO RESERVE IT MAY PEAK A LITTLE INTEREST WITH THE BIDDERS. THEY MAY START BIDDING AND HEY, MAY NOT STOP.

(LT)>> HEY THAT MEANS MORE MONEY FOR NEW PROJECTS RIGHT?

(JEREMY)>> EXACTLY.

(LT)>> WELL THERE WE GO, NO RESERVE.

(JEREMY)>> NO RESERVE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M THINKING.

(ANNOUNCER)>> THE TIME HAS COME FOR OUR TURN ON THE AUCTION BLOCK. WHAT WILL BE THE HIGH BID? FIND OUT NEXT!

(LT)>> WELL HERE WE ARE. IT'S FINALLY AUCTION DAY. WE'RE WALKING THROUGH THE STAGING AREA, CHECKING OUT SOME CARS AS THEY WAIT THEIR TURN TO CROSS THE BLOCK, AND IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE GET TO FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW MUCH OUR '55 IS GONNA GO FOR. MAN THIS A REAL SHELBY? EVERY VEHICLE HERE AT MECUM HITS THE BLOCK RESERVE OR NO RESERVE. RESERVE MEANS THERE'S A HIDDEN MINIMUM PRICE THE SELLER

IS WILLING TO ACCEPT.

(JEREMY)>> NO RESERVE MEANS IT WILL SELL REGARDLESS OF THE PRICE. READY, LET'S GET THIS THING OFF.

(JOHN)>> THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE EXPRESSED AN EARLY INTEREST IN THIS TRUCK BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT'S GONNA SELL. SO THERE'S EXTRA BUZZ ON ALL THE VEHICLES THAT SELL NO RESERVE. IS IT A LITTLE BIT RISKY, YEAH, BUT I'M CONFIDENT IT'S GONNA DO REALLY WELL. ( )>> FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE, TRANSITION, AND WE'RE WORKING.

(SCOTT)>> WE ARE BACK IN LOUISVILLE.

(JEREMY)>> IT'S SHOW TIME AND OURS WAS PUT IN A PREMIERE LOT. MECUM PRODUCERS PUT ME IN THE BOOTH WITH ANNOUNCER SCOTT HOKE AND JOHN KRAMEN.

(LT)>> WHILE I GOT TO SOAK IT ALL IN FROM THE FLOOR. I'M NERVOUS MAN.

IT'S THE TIME.

(SCOTT)>> THAT IS YOUR HANDY WORK AND IT'S ABOUT READY TO CROSS THE AUCTION BLOCK HERE. TELL ME WHAT YOU'RE FEELING RIGHT NOW AS THAT THING GETS READY.

(JEREMY)>> A LOT OF EXCITEMENT. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF BUZZ AROUND THE TRUCK TODAY AND IT'S BEEN FANTASTIC. THIS AUCTION IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, BUT YEAH,

A LOT OF BUZZ TODAY. SO I'M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. THIS TRUCK WAS A LOT MORE THAN JUST BUILDING A TRUCK ON TV.

IT WAS A LOT OF LATE NIGHTS AND LOT OF WEEKENDS. SO THERE'S A LOT OF EFFORT THAT'S WENT INTO THIS TRUCK, AND I'M ABSOLUTELY PLEASED WITH HOW IT TURNED OUT.

(LT)>> I'VE GOT BUTTERFLIES IN MY STOMACH NOW. AND HERE WE GO. THE AUCTIONEER STARTS HIGH AND LOWERS THE OPENING BID UNTIL SOMEONE BITES. THEY BID AT $20,000, AND FROM WHAT WE COULD TELL WE HAD FIVE BIDDERS IN ON THE ACTION, TWO ON THE PHONE AND THREE ON THE FLOOR. ( )>> THEY'RE PROBABLY ASKING $42,000.

(JEREMY)>> YOU KNOW I'M SITTING THERE TALKING TO THE GUYS WATCHING THE MONITOR AT THE SAME TIME. JUST INCREDIBLE HOW QUICKLY THE PRICE WAS JUMPING UP.

(JOHN)>> AND IT'S PAYING OFF MY FRIEND.

WE'RE ALREADY AT $45,000 BUCKS AND STILL CLIMBING. ( )>> BID'S $46,000. ( )>> $47,000!

(JEREMY)>> AND JUST LIKE THAT THE BID JUMPED $7,000. THAT'S WHERE THE ABSENTEE BIDDERS DROPPED

OUT WITH TWO LEFT.

(LT)>> THAT JUST BLOWS MY MIND. [ auctioneer chanting ]

(AUCTIONEER)>> $57,000, NOW $60,000. $60,000 GOING ONCE, $57,000, $60,000 TWICE, SOLD, $57,000 DOLLARS!

(SCOTT)>> AND SOMEBODY HAS JUST BOUGHT THE TRUCK FOR $57,000 DOLLARS.

(JEREMY)>> I COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED WITH THAT GUYS. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

(JOHN)>> WELL IT'S A TESTAMENT TO BOTH YOU AND LT'S VISION

AND ALSO BOTH OF YOUR GUYS ABILITY TO CREATE THIS TRUCK. OUR HATS OFF TO YOU. A COUPLE OF REALLY YOUNG SUPER TALENTED GUYS. REALLY SO PLEASED TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US. THE FACT THE BROUGHT THE TRUCK, IT'S REALLY

BEEN OUR HONOR MAN.

(JEREMY)>> THANKS SO MUCH, THANKS FOR HAVING ME, IT WAS A PLEASURE.

(BUFFORD)>> I JUST HAD TO HAVE THAT TRUCK. I MEAN IT'S JUST ONE OFF, ONE OF A KIND, JUST HAD TO HAVE IT. JUST THE WORKMANSHIP, THE DESIGN, JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TRUCK JUST JUMPED OUT AT YOU.

(JEREMY)>> BUY A LOT OF TIRES FOR IT.
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