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Fully Fleshed Ford F-100

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BRIAN MARCONI (ALBERTA, CANADA) IS THE SIXTH OWNER OF THIS ’56 FORD F-100 EX­PRESS, AND HE’S SPENT THE LAST EIGHT YEARS MOD­I­FY­ING IT TO THE HILT. The chas­sis fea­tures the stock 1956 frame, front boxed and rear C-notched. The wheels are Wheel Vin­tique se­ries 89s with spi­der caps, 17-inch in front and 18-inch in the rear with 4.5-inch backspace. The Vin­tiques are wrapped in Di­a­mond Back Clas­sics 2.5-inch white wall tires. The rearend has been re­placed with a Cur­rie Hot Rod 9-inch. The ra­tio is 3.50 with 31-spline axles.

The rear sus­pen­sion con­sists of a

TCI 4-link with QA-1 ad­justable coilovers, while the rear brakes are TCI 11x2.5 HD drums.

The front sus­pen­sion is made up of TCI HD IFS and QA-1 ad­justable coilovers, with the front brakes TCI 11-inch, two-pis­ton discs. The steer­ing box uti­lizes a TCI power rack-and-pin­ion and a cus­tom alu­minum un­der-bed fea­tures a 17-gal­lon gas tank. The en­gine has been re­placed with that of a 1971 Ford 429 4-V Thun­der­jet out­fit­ted with ported and port-matched 1970 DOVE-C heads and SCJ in­take and ex­haust valves. Blue Thun­der ribbed valve cov­ers and man­i­fold have also been added. San­der­son head­ers have been mod­i­fied to a clear the steer­ing link­age. The F-100 now fea­tures a 2.5inch cus­tom ex­haust and Flow­mas­ter Su­per 40 muf­fler. The trans­mis­sion is a Tre­mec TKO-600 wide ra­tio five-speed.

On the body, the door em­blems and cab fuel door were shaved and filled, one-piece side glass was added, the door frame joins and hood lace holes were filled, mod­i­fied af­ter­mar­ket steel run­ning boards with ex­haust cut-outs and toe kick were added to elim­i­nate the cab skirts. A 1930 Model A trunk, third brake light and cus­tom 429 em­blems were also added. The grille was rechromed, the bed­sides were cus­tom fab­ri­cated, the stake pock­ets were filled, and the orig­i­nal tubs were re­mounted 5.5 inches for­ward. Cus­tom­fabbed stake pock­ets were in­stalled, and a mod­i­fied tail­gate fea­tur­ing 52 lou­vres, hid­den bear claw latches and sup­ports re­placed the orig­i­nal; in ad­di­tion, the top roll was capped and the dou­ble hinge roll was re­moved. BSF Gla­suirt 22 Line Stage Cus­tom Gray with Hot Rod Black satin clear adorns the ex­te­rior.

The in­te­rior has also seen its share of changes, start­ing with So-cal Deco dash knobs in stock bezels in­serted into the dash­board. The stock dash clus­ter was re­stored, and mod­ern tem­per­a­ture, oil, volt­age and fuel gauges were added. Vin­tage fac­tory air AC was in­stalled, along with a Le­carra

Mark 10 steer­ing wheel and an ididit steer­ing col­umn. The seat was re­built and the seat back height was re­duced 3 inches. Cross­field Upholstery re­did the seat­ing with dis­tressed vinyl in bur­gundy ma­roon; the car­pet is black af­ter­mar­ket by Mid-fifty F-100.

No part of this build has gone un­touched. With an es­ti­mated 1,500 pro shop hours, an equal amount of Brian’s time, and a ton of time spent chas­ing down new parts, this build demon­strates a true love and en­thu­si­asm for mod­i­fi­ca­tion well-de­serv­ing of the ti­tle Read­ers’ Ride of the Month.

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