1961 Ford F-100 Todd Williams | Jason Graham builder

1961 Ford F-100: Sun Devil Goes Truckin’ in Arizona

Photos by Mike Harringtong

Thanks to Jason Graham’s talent and Todd Williams’ trust in Graham, the union bore fruit transforming a 1961 Ford F-100 into one of the sexiest trucks to ever come along.

Williams, a Phoenix, Arizona resident, purchased this 1961 Ford F-100 from the family of the truck’s original owner in Northern California. It would be safe to say they probably never dreamed their old truck would ever end up as nice as this, but builder Jason Graham pulled out all the stops to enhance the already popular unibody and created a showstopper for Williams.

1961 Ford F-100 Todd Williams | Jason Graham builder

At Graham’s shop in Portland, Tennessee, the top was chopped a modest two inches and the drip rails were shaved. The cowl was filled and one-piece glass was added to the doors for a tidy cab. The original bumpers were trimmed and tucked, and the parking lights were eliminated from the grille.

The letters were shortened three inches to better fit the one-off tailgate and the bed was fully lined. All of the hinges and latches were shaved and custom stainless strips were crafted. The first F-100 suspension kit from Porterbuilt was added to the stock frame rails to help tuck the painted and polished 22-inch Schott wheels after all of the cross-members were boxed and fully welded. Power is a fully dressed and detailed Ford Racing Coyote 5.0-liter with custom headers and a 4R70 overdrive transmission.

1961 Ford F-100 Todd Williams | Jason Graham builder

After the custom-mixed PPG Mahogany Pearl paint was dry and polished, the truck was taken to Josh Miller in New London, Ohio for a custom Relicate leather interior with embossed inserts. The custom seats flank a trick one-off console. The smoothed dash now features a leather pad, one-off CON2R gauges, a Budnik steering wheel and an Ididit steering column.

The colors mirror Williams’ alma mater – Arizona State University. Needless to say – he is now one happy Sun Devil!

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