The bodywork on the all-stock-steel '56 was carefully handled by Roger in preparation to hand the truck over for paint, and the Chevy Orange paint still looks great nearly a decade later. Wait, Chevy Orange? Some might scoff at the color choice because of its lineage, but you can't deny it looks great on all that Ford sheetmetal! Roger oversaw the interior at his place in the Arizona desert, and besides the paint color, the only non-Ford deviation is the '98 Cadillac six-way power seats covered in beige leather with the rest of the interior stitched to match. Other modern amenities for long-distance travel include the Vintage Air A/C unit, ididit column with a Boyd Coddington wheel, power windows, remote entry, cruise control, Alpine stereo, and a full house of Dakota Digital gauges in the stock dash.

The proof of Kelly's tried and true plan is in the pudding: He still enjoys the F-100 all these years and miles later. He gets a kick out of throwing 5-gallon buckets of Pure Power oils and maybe a box or two of Pure Power Lifetime Filters in the '56's bed to go for delivery runs to customers all around SoCal like a well-oiled machine-pun intended!

Facts & Figures
Kelly Tidwell
Huntington Beach, California
1956 Ford F-100

CHASSIS
FRAME stock
REAREND / RATIO Ford 9" / 3.081 posi
REAR SUSPENSION 4-link
REAR BRAKES Ford drum
FRONT SUSPENSION Mustang II
FRONT BRAKES Ford 12" power disc
STEERING BOX rack-and-pinion
WHEELS 15x7 Ford steel w/hubcaps and beauty rings
FRONT TIRES Remington 215/70R15
REAR TIRES Remington 235/70R15
GAS TANK Fuel Safe under bed
DRIVETRAIN
ENGINE 384ci Ford SVO Windsor
HEADS Ford aluminum
VALVE COVERS Ford polished
MANIFOLD / INDUCTION Ford / Holley 700cfm
IGNITION Ford
HEADERS custom
EXHAUST / MUFFLERS custom 2 1/2"
TRANSMISSION Ford C-6 by Art Carr
MODIFICATIONS Gear Vendors unit
BODY
STYLE F-100 Custom Cab
FENDERS FRONT / REAR stock steel
HOOD stock
GRILLE stock chrome
BED stock w/mahogany bed floor
BODYWORK BY Roger McFarland
PAINT COLOR Chevy Orange
HEADLIGHTS / TAILLIGHTS stock
BUMPERS stock
INTERIOR
GAUGES Dakota Digital
AIR CONDITIONING Vintage Air
STEERING WHEEL Boyd Coddington
STEERING COLUMN ididit
SEATS '98 Cadillac 6-way power
UPHOLSTERY MATERIAL / COLOR leather / beige
CARPET custom beige