Ed “Big Daddy” Roth is famous among in the hot rod community for his skills in painting and pinstriping, especially for his signature Rat Fink style. Roth’s 1956 Ford F-100 was one of his greatest creations which played an important role in his growing career. It was lost for several decades and has just been found by a Los Angeles dealer.
The previous owner of the F-100 contacted Galpin Motors, a dealership company from Los Angeles. He said that the truck has been left in a barn located in Oklahoma for over 30 years. The previous owner said that he purchased the car from Roth in 1958 and used it up to 1963. In 1962, the truck was repainted with a green finish. The original grille and taillight lenses are still intact.
It has some rust on it especially on the passenger’s side roof but overall is still a solid truck. It also features an Iskyderian Camshaft and adjustable pushrods.
Before the F-100 was lost, Roth used it as a moving advertisement for this pinstriping business. This was before Roth became very famous and made a living by custom-pinstriping cars, most of which were hot rods. The F-100 had Roth’s iconic red-flame pinstripes on the truck’s grille, a mural that covered the tonneau, and a number of chrome plated accessories. A Packard V8 engine sits under the hood of the F-100.
Galpin Motors sent some people to rescue the F-100 from its barn prison. It was brought back to Galpin Ford dealership in California. It was left in its condition as how it was found and waited for some time to be taken care of.
After it spent some time in the showroom, Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) have volunteered to restore Roth’s F-100 back to how it was when it was under Roth’s ownership. GAS is known for its works in customizing cars for the MTV show, Pimp My Ride. GAS has proven their abilities in restoration projects as they have also restored some notable hot rods before such as Big Daddy’s Tweedy Pie and Orbitron. They have also worked with a reproduced version of Roth’s Mysterion and restored Dan Woods’ Ice Truck into its original condition. Dave Shuten is a proud fan of Ed Roth and has stepped forward to lead the restoration project.
The restoration is expected to be finished next year and is scheduled to be shown to the public during the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. The team hopes that their efforts will make Big Daddy proud.
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