“Always Organic” – Todd Allen’s 1959 Ford F100
We’ve heard the dilemma many times: you want another project but in the back of your head you tell yourself, “my wife will kill me!” Todd Allen has the solution. Like many of us, Todd can’t stop dreaming about the next project, so when this 1959 Ford F100 caught his eye he came up with a plan.
Todd purchased the truck and took it to a friend’s shop for the work to be done. Once the work was complete, he had a drawing of a woman added to the door with “Misty River Farms” written above. Neither Todd nor his wife have anything to do with farming, but Misty is Todd’s wife’s name and she lives an organic, healthy lifestyle. The “surprise” tactic worked…at least for Todd.
What caught our eye about Todd’s pickup while cruising the All American Get-Together was the well-preserved original patina, an original Gem Top shell, the slammed stance, and those copper powder coated 20-inch Detroit Steel wheels. All that paired with it being a less-common body style, and we were diggin’ it!
Aside from a heavily modified chassis and suspension, Todd’s Ford is essentially stock. Nick Germano with Outkast Customs in Hayward, California, handled the new suspension fabrication, which included a Mustang II front suspension with dropped spindles along with a C-notch, four-link setup, and narrowed rearend out back. Air suspension sets the stance using Slam Specialties bags, Viair compressors, and an AVS switchbox and AccuAir valves.
Those Detroit Steel Ambassador wheels measure 20×8- and 20×12-inches, with custom 245/45/20 and 305/30/20 white striped tires. Wilwood disc brakes are tucked behind the front wheels.
The stock 223c.i. inline six engine is fitted with dual Weber two-barrel carbs, dual-outlet headers, and dual peashooter exhaust. It doesn’t go anywhere fast, but it sounds cool cruising down the road. Sending the power to the rear wheels is the stock three-on-the-tree transmission with overdrive.
Aside from mother nature taking care of the original Apple Green paint, Todd had Seann Glaspy in Pleasanton tackle the graphics added on the doors and bed sides, as well as the pinstriping on the hood and dash. The Gem Top shell was recently acquired and matches the theme of the truck well – it’s perfectly weathered and sports distressed stickers such as Vans shoes, Irwindale Raceway, Hooker Headers, Mooneyes, and more.
The Fuel Curve Pick award is for a vehicle with a story and something out of the norm that draws us in for a closer look. Todd’s truck was spotted from afar in Pleasanton, and we needed to see more of it. It doesn’t have perfect paint, flawless gaps, or a high-horsepower engine, but it’s finished in Todd’s eyes and we don’t think much more can, or should, be done to make it better.
Photos by Steven Bunker