1956 Ford F100 Pickup
In recent years there has definitely been an uptick in older
pickups becoming more and more fashionable. There is something
attractive about those 1950 big grilles, curved hoods, and wide
fenders. Plus, the entire work genre has "picked up" wildly in
popularity due to special interest businesses using these vehicles
as promotion. Certainly, eye-catching and reflecting the old
guard's hard work ethic in their design, they are not just for work
This 20 year in the making restified hay hauler turned green go
getter is about as close to a resto-mod as you can get without
actually putting it in the category of resto-mod. Looking much like
the original a few changes were made over time and now we have a
go-er and a show-er.
All steel for the fenders, running boards and rockers which meld
with original Ford metal doors and cab. A large steel front grille
in chrome is in nice contrast to the overall Meadow Green paint
which is nice and deep save for the roof which hasn't been restored
and shows with faded paint and invasive rust around the drip rails.
A shiny front straight bumper is now on and simplifies the front
end. The bulbous hood with a large Ford cloisonne badge in front
rolls gently back to the curved wrap around front glass. Nice round
fenders and a running board frame the cab which has a small visor
protruding from the front of the roof. The bed is newer, adorned
with stained oak that is showing some fading but is remaining
fairly strong, and separated by shiny dividers. Nicely rolled top
steel for the bed sides, and a clean F O R D embossed tailgate is
now closing up the back of the bed. The pristine badging and
polished chromed bumpers, plus don't forget the cream painted
chrome capped steel wheels all wrapped in staggered width BF
Goodrich blackwall radial rubber, and I'm truly moved, and I'm just
standing here looking at this baby.
A swing of the metal green painted utilitarian doors which are
nearly perfect, with their ribbed edged shiny handles and cranks
mounted within smooth aluminum panels have a black vinyl sill for
extra arm comfort. New black carpet floats a recovered broadcloth
and vinyl black and gray bench which stretches from door to door.
The stock black plastic 3 spoke steering wheel fronts the dash with
its graceful arch overtop of the gauge cluster. Within the cluster
is a simple sweeping speedometer and below are small gauges and
warning lights all with black faces and white lettering. Moving
across the green steel dash we see the simple contours of the
design and down below an aluminum panel with the heater control
knobs. The headliner remains the original style gray cardboard and
adds a touch of vintage class to this interior.
There is nothing better than looking at a superior finished engine,
and the one is no exception in the form of a 292ci V8 all bedecked
in a retina searing yellow. A single 4-barrel Edelbrock 600cfm carb
feeds fossils and air through a Thunderbird 312ci 4bbl intake.
Providing nice contrast to the yellow block are black wrinkle
finish valve coverings and a polished air cleaner assembly. A
3-speed manual transmission with a new clutch is on the back of the
mill. Power moves to the rear wheels via a 3.73 geared rear. Also
noted is an electric cooling fan and a cleanly done job of hiding
the wiring harness.
Nary any sign of invasive rust, just surface rust and patina to
provide the presentation. The suspension both front and rear is
leaf spring with new spring packs and drop spindles have been added
to the front for that oh so sweet rake. For stopping duties disc
brakes with power assist have been added to the front end while
power drums bring up the tail end. White painted headers snake
their way down from the engine and feed spent gasses through
Magnaflow mufflers all being nice and shiny.
She fired right up and off to the test track. I just love these old
trucks and this one is as nice as they come. Great performance,
smooth shifting, and bias free stopping. All controls were in order
during my drive save for the wipers not wiping and the throw out
bearing was a touch noisy, but I still took an extra lap around our
track just to enjoy the simplicity that is this truck.
Other than commenting it is just a great build, fabulously planned,
and all surfaces save for the roof have been done to the nines. I
say not much else because my jaw is on the floor, and my eyes wide
open in amazement of this truck version of a resto-mod. The green
go getter, shot from the starting line with a press of the gas
pedal... She's a handful boys and girls!
F10-Ford F100 Conventional
V-272ci OHV V8
E-Edgewater, NJ Assy Plant
56627-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.