There was one step left, and it's always the most important for that positive first impression. Lots of color choices were available, and choosing the right one was a serious proposition. George had already vetoed several of the basic shades and was looking for something genuinely distinctive. Son-in-law, Paul, solved the problem, showing up one weekend with a model Ford truck painted with an amazing fade that began with PPG Atomic Orange, standard Black, Candy Black, and Candy Red. The combination was an instant success, and George gave the OK. Paul painted the truck in his home shop in Plattsburg, Missouri, carrying the distinctive fade into the bed, already outfitted with traditional oak slats and stainless steel strips. The metal portions of the interior also benefitted from his spray gun.
The build took a year, and that one-of-a-kind paintjob, along with the dozens of other custom touches, changed everything. What started out as a simple daily driver morphed into a full-blown show truck. (George isn't the first person to discover that a build often rewrites its own ending!) The multiple upgrades blend a high level of comfort with a high level of performance, making the truck the perfect choice for a road trip. George and his wife, Donna, regularly drive their rejuvenated ride to area shows, and the distinctive mods have made the vintage Ford a strong trophy magnet. Special thanks to Paul Read for bodywork and paint, Bob Gossey for the interior, Tony Vargas for suspension work and wiring, Ben Redd for the custom wood bed, along with Tyler Read, Steve Read, Lisa Read, Cameron Dyer, Jordan Dyer, and especially George's understanding wife, Donna.
George Lindsey's '53 Ford F-100