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1978 Ford F100 Custom – Daniel Clay

Here is a truck, a dad and his kids. See what Daniel Clay did with his kids help to this 1978 Ford F100 pick up. Make sure to read the article, but don’t forget to go to the bottom and check out all of the cool pictures.

Updated 12/12/2019 – Continue to the story to see what he has done, make sure to check out the new pictures at the bottom.

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What type of vehicle is this?


Make, Model, Year of Project

1978 Ford F100 Custom

What stage is this in?

Just Started Project

When did you purchase it and for how much?

5 years ago, traded a 2001 Ford Explorer for it.

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I wanted something different, a project for my family to get involved in.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc?

When I got it, it was all original. I got it from the original owner and drove it 1 1/2 hours home.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

Rebuilt C6 transmission and redid the interior

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

All of the work has been done by my kids and I.

Where have you purchased your parts?

My parts have come from eBay, Amazon and local parts stores.

Some of the updates to the truck.

Since last update I have, thanks to my family for my awesome birthday present, added LED headlights with halos!!

The install was pretty simple, headlights were plug and play, wanted to be able to have white and amber halos separate, so I installed 2 toggle switches which I hid under the dash, end up using 60ft of wire, 2 toggle switches and some terminals.

They light the road up great, and also has a good cutoff beam that doesn’t blind oncoming traffic

Here is a link to the lights used. They are found on Amazon

Tonno Pro sent me a Tonno cover to review

(Here is my review of the Tonno Pro Tri Fold Tonneau Cover # 42-311), It fits perfectly on my 1978 F100 Shortbed. I was looking for a cover that would cover the stake pockets and this does it perfectly!! This should fit all shortbeds from 1973-1979. I love the Tri-Fold design where it locks down behind rear window allowing easy access to the bed. It came with a cover cleaner, gloves, tailgate seal and a bed light, very easy to install, one person, no tools, easily removable, latches on the front of the bed with aluminum brackets, very solid design. I have a family member that has had their Tonno pro tri fold installed for almost 10 years now and hasn’t had any problems with it!! It easily latches down in the back with an adjustable latch!!

Here is their website,

Then the new to me 2015 Mustang GT rims and tires. I changed up the center caps!!! I did have to trim them a very little to get them to fit.

New look for the truck, 2015 Mustang GT rims and tires, tire size is 245/45r19, the crazy part is that it’s almost identical in size to my tires and rims that I had on the truck, 235/70r15, these fit great and looks awesome!!

You have love it when stuff just works out, this upgrade cost me about $100.

I traded my old rims and tires for these, the guy needed some rollers for his bronco!!

Only thing I bought was 24 new black lug nuts and some 1.5” ECCPP 5.5 to 4.5 wheel adapters.

Here is the Amazon link to the adapters and lug nuts I used, I also used blue loctite on the adapters (Click the image to see them on Amazon)


Lug Nuts


I also replaced the tie rod ends and drag link. Out with the old and in with the new

I purchased the tie rods, tie rod sleeve and drag link from Rock Auto for $65 shipped, not to bad.

What about you?

I wanted to do this project with the family to get my kids involved in the car scene

Any stories regarding this project?

My dad enjoyed riding in the truck, he pasted in August of 2018

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?

It hapns garage, on Facebook

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Check out the new photos, below. Click the image to see the full photo.

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