SHOWN ABOVE: Harold Murphy's '54 Ford F100 Pick-Up as a "Fine Nine" Award Winner at Darryl Starbird's 2012 Tulsa Rod & Custom Show. (Photo courtesy of the Darryl Starbird Collection)
THE STORY IS AN OLD ONE: Client asks builder to put together a great Rod OR Custom for him. Later, client, for personal or financial reasons, tells builder he can no longer go through with the project. Said builder is then left with "what to do " with the project.
Well, this same scenario played out a number of year's back for iconic builder HAROLD "Just Call Me Murphy" MURPHY...who's based in West Palm Beach, Florida. BUT, Murph is an honest man (I've known him for year's and I know that to be true), and he ended up giving the client, who wanted him to build this radical 1954 Ford F100 Pick-Up, back his money...and then decided to go ahead and build the truck for himself. AND, did it turn out SPECTACULAR !
I FIRST SAW THE TRUCK when Murph brought it to the 30th Annual KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina in 2011...and it flat-blew-me-away !! Just a marvelous creation. We talked about it in our Interview there, and, again, did an Interview at Darryl Starbird's 48th Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom show in 2012.
The features that are incorporated in this stunning build include: a five-inch chop, suicide doors, flip-forward front end, "El Matador" flavored grille and rear fender scoops, Camaro sub-frame, etc. Murphy works in metal...so the truck is as solid as it can be. And, I can tell you from seeing it up-close many times, the metal work is perfect !
ALSO, I wanted to know the scoop on that super-cool taillight that was used. I was pretty sure I knew where it came from (I'm a "Buick Man" ya know.) but I wanted Murph to validate my thoughts on the subject...plus, I wanted to know if he chose the taillight to begin with and then molded-in the rear panel, OR, was the panel done first and the light chosen later. Murph answered that question completely !
MURPHY SENT ME ALL THREE of the above photos that you're looking at...and you can see for yourself how stunning this truck is !
It's so good that it could have been an Official Ford Concept Build and Show Vehicle back in the 50's ! I love the "clean look" of the Interior that you see above, as it was photographed before the passenger door & tilt-front end were in place. The upholstery, console, tilt-wheel, Appleton's, et al, all work in harmony to blend-in with the rest of the truck.
ALL-IN-ALL, Harold Murphy is not only an excellent builder, but a true gentleman who's "paid his dues" decades ago. He's also a KKOA Hall Of Famer, a friend, and I'm proud to be able to document his stories & history and share them with you here on the Hall Of Fame Legends Website. Thanks again, Murph ! JK