EL DIABLO
Street Trucks|July 2021
Uncle Dave’s Fishing Truck Turned Full Custom
MIKE ALEXANDER
FRED BISHOP’S TALE OF THIS GORGEOUS F-100 BUILD (NOW AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS EL DIABLO) BEGINS SEVEN YEARS BACK OR SO. Fred’s Uncle Dave gave him a rough “fishing truck” that had been sitting for many years. Dave had purchased the truck brand new offthe lot in ’71, so he didn’t just want to see it rot out in his field. Knowing that Fred would bring her back to life properly, the plans began like many of ours do. A modest restore and driver refresh was all that was on the table for this ol’ Bump, in the beginning.

Fred dug out the truck from where she sat rotting away and got it over to his buddy’s shop, Big Willie’s Garage, for some simple drivability updates. The original plan began with some budget-minded Crown Vic suspension and drivetrain modifications just to see it back on the road again in a timely manner. Well, as it usually goes, about halfway through this round of updates, Fred visited Willie Davis and the two got to talking, brainstorming and the snowball effect may or may not have turned into a massive avalanche (you can be the judge of that by looking at all these killer shots!).

One thing led to another, and Fred and Willie’s vision for “El Diablo” came into focus. After a few bumps and bruises that go along with a full custom build process from the ground up, the two came together with a ton of determination and perseverance (and of course another three years and countless amounts of hours and dollars later) to create something special. Big Willie and Fred re-imagined a laid out, Coyote-powered supercharged beast of a hot rod with a class and elegance unmatched. Willie had a huge impact on the renewed vision and put in many late nights designing and building an air-ride chassis, subtle but smoothed body, and drivetrain that would meet Fred’s ultimate goals and make this the baddest Bump the world has seen. “Dipped in Red” was sort of the on-going theme as the build progressed, where literally everything was red (with some silver accents throughout).

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