All my life I have been surrounded by classic cars. My grandfather was a collector and restorer of the prewar classics. As a kid I remember being amazed by these gigantic pieces of rolling art. The apple did not fall far from the tree as my father has collected a few fifties and sixties cars of his own. It seemed it was only a matter of time until I caught the bug as well.
Growing up I always like the fat fender trucks. Eventually I decided the time was right to start looking but I quickly discovered how difficult it is to find a solid 60-year-old truck. Finally, I was able to locate a “project” that someone had abandoned. After many months of negotiating and a 10-hour road-trip it was sitting in the storage shed waiting to be built.
I was not exactly sure what to do with the truck. At first the build started out to be a just daily driver. Next, I thought I would do a mild restoration with a modern drive train. Finally, I decided to go all in and build a full-on resto-mod.
I decided to build the best possible truck I could. I incorporated many ideas I had seen on other vehicles or TV shows, but with my own twist. In short, I tried to build the classiest, cleanest truck I could. To do so I tried to use the best possible parts I could find. Many of the parts are custom or one offs but many of the parts you cannot see are stock parts. I chose LMC for these parts as I had ordered from them in the past. The parts were of good quality and fit right the first time. The prices were also hard to beat, and the customer service is top notch.
After 4 ½ years, countless hours and too much money the ’56 is done. It’s an awesome truck and I enjoy taking it to shows or just crusin’ around but the bug has bit again. I am ready to start the next project. I found a very nice 1972 F100 short bed. I will be building that daily driver I had planned and will be using LMC exclusively for the build. Thank LMC for all your help!
Description ( Short version ) I did not use brand names as I was not sure you could print them.
1956 Ford F100
Built 347 c.i. “Stroker” motor.
Electronic fuel injection.
Custom built AOD transmission.
Custom stainless exhaust.
Fully boxed frame.
Mustang II style front suspension.
Four bar rear suspension.
Coil over shocks.
Four piston, four wheel disc brakes.
Shaved cab vents.
Custom door handles.
Narrowed running boards.
Narrowed and contoured bumpers.
Birds Eye Maple bed wood.
Professionally installed custom interior.
Indigo Ink Pearl paint.