Note: This feature is in the April TT&C 2022 issue.
Early customized trucks by Jake Dull were based on the actual pair of original 1956 Model F-100 versions owned by the father-son team. From 1/64 scale Hot Wheels trucks, Jake removed and restored the bodies. He also replaced the plastic wheels and tires with metal wheels and rubber tires. The trucks were then reassembled and handpainted with an air-brush. The green truck is like Jake’s original. And the purple version resembles the truck owned by his dad, Eric.
The Ford Motor Company has been the leading manufacturer of pickup trucks since it first came on the scene over 100 years ago. A single truck model in Ford’s storied history became the focus of Jake Dull’s collection.
“Before I was driving age, I was drawn to the Ford F-100 Series. While the Model F-100 was made for 22 years, my favorite has been the 1956 edition. As a result, my scale model truck collection is focused on the 1956 F-100,” Dull said.
Dull credits his dad, Eric, for the interest in this model. “My dad owned a 1978 Ford F-250. Dad traded the F250 for a 1956 F-100. The F-100 needed restoration, but it set for 10 years. A friend encouraged us to get the truck road-worthy. We finally broke it down and replaced parts that couldn’t be salvaged. I was in high school at Ashland, Ohio, at the time. Fortunately, the task was completed in time for my senior class pictures,” Jake said with a smile.
Although the truck was not repainted, Jake and the 1956 Ford made for a handsome senior class photo. The truck was eventually repainted for a smart-looking set of wheels.