1952 Ford F-100 Pickup - 52fiper
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About my F-100 Pickup
How it all started….reading hot rod magazines and watch’in tv shows like Overhaulin’ American hot rods We decided to start a father and son home project and agreed to build a “farm” truck”. Not a stock classic truck but something with a creative and artistic aspect.
The project had to be challenging and radical but in the balance of its past.
After looking at several trucks and years we made the choice for a 1952 Ford F1.
We bought 2 projects a ‘52 Ford /and a 52 Mercury They we’re basically parts trucks, no one did run, we were glad that one actually was able to roll. And of course everything was rusted solid. Our first intension was to find newer Ford Ranger 4x4 as a donor truck but it would have been nice but not something Real special.
We started to dismantle the old rusty trucks and had great ideas to high light some of the classic lines of the truck. That week my eye caught a 2004 dodge SRT10 ram Viper with roof damage and the idea was born. It would be a mix of a ford and a mopar. I bought the complete 2004 SRT10 RAM truck and dismantled it down to the frame, It all looked very impressive with the big 505 HP 8.4L V10. ….Until the ford parts were fitted to the frame…the wheel base was just 4 inches off and that was no problem but the width of the front was 24 inches short, I knew I was in trouble and wanted to a banded the project. But after a lot of thinking I decided to keep going and to make the old ‘52 Ford 24 inches !! wider to make it fit.
We worked for almost 5 year on the truck in our carport until the summer of 2010 when we finally had our new workshop ready ...what a blessing. dry , warm, space and organized !, and my wife is very happy, no more gas, oil and exhaust fumes in the house and no more engines in front of the door!
Slowly the project grew and many ideas came and went sometimes it was overwhelming and too much problems but the passion kept us going. For every problem there is a solution was our motto.
Over the years many changes have been made and still we come up with cool ideas but after a while we stopped bringing in new ideas otherwise the project would never finish .( the ideas we did not used are still waiting in the box for a possible next project).
During the build we tried to be creative and tried to step away from some existing ideas as
creativity is the main key for hot rod’n and customizing.
One very important thing I learned ...listen to your kids, they have an unspoiled mind and do not follow existing rules or concepts.
Together we looked what was possible and least but not last if it is financially possible.
We tried to keep everything within our budged and it went well, some ideas however are even with a lot of creativity out of our range, but the fun side is that it sometimes also creates new ideas that are within. We also learned that if we would have had a larger budged some of our ideas could have been accomplished and that was sometimes a bit frustrating that we could not build to the full extent of our creativity.
Till today it is the most challenging car project we build and still enjoy.
With some pressure from friends we decided to show our builds we call creative explosions and got it ready for the show in Abbotsford.
Hope you like our builds as much as we do.
Kind regards Ben and Mika Verduin (12)
Duncan BC Canada (Born and raised in Amsterdam Holland)
(The name 52FIPER came from the combination of Ford “F1” and V ”iper” )
Special thanks to my son Mika, my daughter Zohra, My wife Patty and my mother Ati Emmerik all for their support and help and believing in our projects.
Special thanks to my friends that helped with parts and or donation of their time