The father-son team of Lance and Zach Garcia don't follow the crowd when it comes to creating cool street machines. Lance's little '29 Dodge coupe, for example, is not exactly a hot-rodding icon. Nor is Zach's '67 Ford pickup a model that has received much attention among truck fans -- so far.
Zach Garcia applied his considerable fabrication and painting skills to achieve a '70s-style mild custom look on his 1967 Ford F-100. No garage queen, the pickup is used frequently as his daily driver.
Lance Garcia said his little black Dodge coupe doesn't have a lot of `creature comforts' because he didn't get carried away with the design. The diminutive Dodge was ahead of its time in many ways, built on an all-metal inner structure when most cars had wood framing inside their sheet metal.
Zach Garcia decided to have a little fun by switching the first and last letters in the badging on his truck, transforming his `Ford' pickup into a `Dorf.' He tells people it was a rare one-year only vehicle that never really caught on with the public. Note the row-upon-row of hood louvers.
Often mistaken for a '32 Ford, Lance Garcia's hot rod is a five-window '29 Dodge coupe that rolls on Grabber Blue steel wheels outfitted with center bullet caps and wide whitewalls. The grille shell is, however, a '32 Ford unit, Garcia confesses.
The ultra-low profile of Zach Garcia's pickup is due in large part to the fact it rides on a transplanted LTD front frame stub, replacing the twin I-beam front axles. The frame kicks up high enough that full suspension travel has been maintained and there was no need for lowering spindles or cut springs.
Zach kept the cab of his `Dorf' simple and straightforward, but there's more here than meets the eye. He built his own aluminum insert for the instrument panel and uses an all-aluminum racing-style steering wheel atop an ididit tilt column. Mike's Custom Upholstery did the bench seat, while the door panels remain painted steel pieces. The Tiki head shifter controls a big C-6 automatic transmission.
Lance Garcia uses the same all-aluminum 15-inch racing steering wheel in his coupe, with a full complement of gauges and a tachometer for feedback. An Indian blanket draped across the bucket seats keeps things period authentic. Check out the wrenches used for window and door handles.