Truck Builder Magazine, July/August 2002 Truck Builder Magazine

July/August 2002

2003 Truck Of The Year?

When a shop has built a Ridler Award-winning vehicle, you know more special vehicles are in line. Such is the case of Randy Clark, Owner of Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido, California. The next radical custom that will emerge from his shop is this '53 Ford F-100. The Effie's Chassis has been fully boxed out and fitted with a Kugel Komponents polished stainless steel IFS. In the rear is a four-bar suspension setup comprised of TCI components that cradle the Currie 9-inch rearend. Bringing the Ford to a halt are huge Wilwood disc brakes.

Power comes in the form of a '57 KD 325 Hemi that has been fitted with two four-barrel 500cfm Edelbrock carbs. Mated to the Hemi is a Richmond five-speed transmission.

If you want to check out this or any other fine rides that Clark and his crew are working on, stop by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff at 2324 Vineyard Ave., Escondido, CA 92029, 760/745-1170, or visit its website at

CAPTIONS: (upper left) Even spaces that will be unseen were painted and polished. (upper right) Only the best Kugel and Wilwood parts were used. (lower left) With all the paint and chrome, it is easy to forget that this Hemi produces huge horsepower numbers. (lower right) Show winners are in the details.






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