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Ross & Beth Meyers’ Brizio-Massaged ’58 Ford F-100
By Rob FortierPhotography by Michael Christensen

hile the ’56 F-100 is without a doubt Ford’s most iconic and recognizable “classic truck” in—and outside of—the Blue Oval world, the third generation of F-Series trucks, the ’57-60 era of refrigerator models, is where Ford Motor Company really started experimenting with more modern design elements.

Gone were the individual front fenders and angular hood in favor of a more stylized, integrated front sheetmetal group—a more “square body” design, if you will (no offense to the devout GM readers!). Following in the footsteps of their competitors, that frontal makeover was impacted even more so with the introduction of the new-for-1957 Styleside bed, ultimately giving third-gen Effies their “fridge” nickname.

underneath a '58 Ford F-100
bed of a '58 Ford F-100
Sure, the ’57-60 Flareside F-100s may not have anywhere near the following their predecessors have, as the Stylesides are typically the preferred icebox of choice for the majority of FoMoCo classic truck enthusiasts, but that didn’t stop Ross and Beth Meyers from taking their ’58 F-100 to the next level … without having to really go to that proverbial next level other than finding the right shop to transform their beloved pickup.

So, who did they ultimately turn to for that transformation? None other than Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco, that’s who! So, it pretty much goes without saying, the ’58 got the full Brizio treatment, if you couldn’t already tell by the accompanying images. But you can’t fully appreciate the amount of work and attention to detail that went into the Meyers F-100 until you’ve seen it in person—which we did, this past February at the Grand National Roadster Show … it’s all that, and more!

steering and dash in '58 Ford F-100
rear drivers side of a '58 Ford F-100
passenger side of a light blue and white '58 Ford F-100
Brizio’s crew began Ross’ F-100 transformation by first eliminating the stock chassis altogether in favor of a more apt-for-modern-performance, custom-built Rideline platform from Roadster Shop—with Corvette-infused F/R suspension and brakes and all that jazz, with 18-inch Billet Specialties smoothies for that nostalgic nod. The engine of choice, all disguised neatly in 427 Ford attire, is actually a Don Hardy–built/prepped, Holley-equipped 6.2L LS3 backed by a TREMEC five-speed.
speedometer in a '58 Ford F-100
aerial view of a light blue and white '58 Ford F-100
engine in a '58 Ford F-100
underneath a '58 Ford F-100
rear drivers side of a '58 Ford F-100
light blue and white '58 Ford F-100
Now, while the underside of the cab/exterior was detailed to the nines before being mated to the new chassis, Ross’ F-100’s exterior is just as it was delivered to Brizio’s when the project began: pristine and original! That’s right, no major metal manipulation, no extravagant custom modifications … just as Ford had intended when they redesigned the F-Series over six decades ago. Of course, the stance and precise placement/fitment of the rolling stock make a world of difference over that OG showroom appearance, that’s for sure!

For the most part, with the exception of Dakota Digital gauges, a Vintage Air system, and a perfectly accentuating blue and white leather interior by Sid Chavers, the interior is pretty much as stock as the outside—which all goes to show, there is no “hidden potential” in the third-gen F-100 Flaresides … it’s already there in plain sight!

light blue and white interior in a '58 Ford F-100