OVER­TIME

A Slammed, Slick and Smooth ’56 Effie Eight Years in the Mak­ing

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY TRAVIS PHO­TOS NOACK BY GRANT COX

FOR EV­ERY GEARHEAD THERE IS ONE VE­HI­CLE IN THEIR TOWN THAT STANDS OUT, THE VE­HI­CLE THEY PASS BY DAY IN AND DAY OUT. Whether it’s sit­ting in a drive­way, be­hind a fence, tucked be­hind an old barn or rust­ing away in a field, they want it. Some­times some­one put it out to pas­ture or rode it hard and put it away wet for too many years, and it de­serves a new lease on life. If only that old metal could talk, the tales it would tell. Across the coun­try on back roads and main drags alike, old cars and trucks that once car­ried trav­el­ing sales­man and hauled milk and farm equip­ment re­mind us of our past and are just wait­ing for a chance to be res­cued, re­built and re­turned to their glory days.

Bill San­de­fer of Mus­tang, Ok­la­homa, al­ways liked the lines and style of the early F-100s, and when the ’56 small-win­dow spread across th­ese pages came up for sale in his home­town, let’s just say he took the same route to work ev­ery day to keep an eye on it. Af­ter watch­ing the price drop,

Bill fi­nally picked up the phone and struck a deal. Co­in­ci­den­tally, it turns out he knew the seller, and when Bill of­fered his price, the former owner told him to “come and get it.”

Af­ter Bill got the truck home and re­al­ized the shaky con­di­tion of the sus­pen­sion, brakes and driv­e­train, he de­cided to up­date the underpinnings and power plant, and the build was off and run­ning. Orig­i­nally, he planned a full rat-rod build, but once he saw Chip Foose’s all black ’56 de­but, the project quickly went in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

Once the sheet metal was sep­a­rated from the chas­sis, the rolling skele­ton was de­liv­ered to Reno Rod & Cus­tom (RR&C) in Ok­la­homa City. The crew at RR&C in­stalled a Heidt’s front cross mem­ber, spin­dles and tubu­lar A-arms teamed with airbags plumbed with stain­less lines to get the lead­ing edge low and un­der con­trol.

A Wil­wood master cylin­der and 11-inch brakes from Speed­way bring the Effie to a safe for­ward stop. The frame rails were boxed for strength and rigid­ity and to pro­vide a solid mount­ing point for the up­dated sus­pen­sion.

Out back, a Ford 9-inch rearend filled with a 3.50:1 gear ra­tio by Gary’s Dif­fer­en­tial was in­stalled to up­date the trans­fer of power. A cus­tom 4-link is mounted to the fresh 9-inch bor­dered by notched and boxed rear frame rails with cus­tom ’bag mounts and raised shock tow­ers. Stain­less steel tub­ing feeds the rear air springs, while 11-inch rear brakes com­ple­ment the stop­ping per­for­mance of the fronts.

“Crit­ter” at RR&C tossed the ma­jor­ity of the sparks in fab­ri­cat­ing the Effie’s up­dated bones. Af­ter the chas­sis and sus­pen­sion work were com­plete, Satin Black pow­der coat was used to bring the fresh un­der­side up­dates to life.

For the per­fect stag­gered hot rod big-and-lit­tle look, Bill chose 18-inch front and 20-inch rear Amer­i­can Rac­ing Hop­sters clothed in BF Goodrich G-force T/A P245/40ZR18 front and P295/40ZR20 rear tires.

For power, Bill bleeds Blue Oval blue, so he went with a

1978 Ford 351 Wind­sor fit with a few go-fast good­ies that he and his friend Ed­die Kyle as­sem­bled in Bill’s home shop. Stock Ford cham­fered cast-iron heads do the breath­ing, while a Lu­nati bump stick pro­duces the req­ui­site cruis­ing rum­ble. Fuel and air are in­haled via an Edel­brock Vic­tor Jr. in­take topped by an Edel­brock Thun­der 650-cfm car­bu­re­tor. A Mal­lory Uni-lite HEI dis­trib­u­tor en­sures the proper spark, while Ford Rac­ing head­ers feed into a cus­tom-built 2.5-inch ex­haust sys­tem with an X-pipe and Mag­naflow SS muf­flers with match­ing tips pro­duce the per­fect tones for street cruis­ing or high­way throt­tling. A March Per­for­mance ser­pen­tine pul­ley sys­tem keeps the ro­tat­ing as­sem­bly in line with cool air flow­ing into the clas­sic cab.

For Over­time’s en­ve­lope, Bill opted to keep the look clean and sim­ple by shav­ing off the un­nec­es­sary badges and em­blems and in­stalling 3-inch wider fiber­glass rear fend­ers and front and rear roll pans from Ob­so­lete Ford in Ok­la­homa City. The body mod­i­fi­ca­tions didn’t stop there.

Bill raised and short­ened the run­ning boards, re­con­fig­ured the front fender open­ings, filled all of the seams and built a hand­made fire­wall and trans­mis­sion tun­nel. Out back, the orig­i­nal bed was re­tired in fa­vor of a brand-new box from Mar-k. Bill also fab­ri­cated

a hinged bed floor topped with home­made wood and stain­less strips that lift to ex­pose the cus­tom rear chas­sis and sus­pen­sion work. Once all of the metal work was ground smooth and the body was worked to per­fec­tion, Bill con­structed a makeshift home spray booth next to his garage and laid down the sin­gle-stage SEM Hot Rod Black paint to give the Effie its sin­is­ter look.

In­side the cruis­ing cham­ber, the sim­ple and clean theme con­tin­ued with a ’90 GMC bench seat cov­ered in black vinyl with os­trich ac­cents stitched by Skip Rowland. Black vinyl door pan­els flow with the seat, and Bill tacked black car­pet to the floor­boards. The stock un­cut dash hosts Dakota Dig­i­tal VHX gauges, and a tilt GM col­umn topped with a Bil­let Spe­cial­ties steer­ing wheel handles nav­i­ga­tion chores. For ad­di­tional in-cab com­fort and util­ity, Bill in­stalled vin­tage smoked glass com­plete with power win­dows. A Gennie shifter takes care of gear com­mands, while a Hay­wire wiring har­ness con­nects all of the elec­tri­cal dots.

Bill San­de­fer, af­ter many years of over­time with af­ter­hours and week­end help and sup­port from sev­eral friends, has cre­ated this slammed and sin­is­ter cus­tom F-100. Teamwork from bud­dies Greg Glenn and Ed­die Kyle, son

Josh and wife San­dra, along with the ex­pert fab work from Reno

Rod & Cus­tom made it all pos­si­ble. Since com­ple­tion, this truck has proven to be a real head-turner. What will Bill find on the streets of his home­town next? Only time and an al­ter­nate route to work will tell.

A BIL­LET SPE­CIAL­TIES STEER­ING WHEEL TOPS A GM TILT COL­UMN,

AND DAKOTA DIG­I­TAL VHX GAUGES RE­PORT ON THE PAVEMENTTHUMPING SMALL-BLOCK’S VITALS. A GENNIE FLOOR SHIFTER PUTS ALL OF THE FUN IN MO­TION.

SLAMMED LOW WITH A HEIDT’S

FRONT END AND AIR RIDE, THE UN­MIS­TAK­ABLE EFFIE FRONT END BURIES THE 18-INCH AMER­I­CAN RAC­ING HOP­STERS AND BFG SKINS.

THE 351 WIND­SOR SHREDS

THE AS­PHALT WITH A LU­NATI CAMSHAFT, EDEL­BROCK IN­DUC­TION AND A HOST OF OTHER GO-FAST GOOD­IES FROM FORD RAC­ING AND MAG­NAFLOW. THE SMOOTHED FIRE­WALL IS THE PER­FECT BACK­DROP FOR THIS CHROMED AND POL­ISHED POW­ER­HOUSE.

A CUSTOMHINGED

BED FLOOR TOPPED WITH HOME­MADE WOOD AND POL­ISHED STAIN­LESS STRIPS LIFTS TO SHOW OFF THE CUS­TOM CHAS­SIS AND SUS­PEN­SION WORK BY RENO ROD & CUS­TOM.

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