In May 2005, Forney, Texas, building contractor and Blue Oval enthusiast Terrence Marler had just sold his '63 Ford F-100 pickup and was looking for, in Terrence's own words, a "new workhorse to make trips to the Home Depot with."
"I spotted an ad in a local Wal-Mart offering a 'restored' '56 Ford F-100 pickup in Humboltz, Tennessee. It was your basic '56 Ford F-100 small-window, 292-cid V-8 engine. No air, no radio. I bought the truck for $10,000 and brought it home." Quite typically, the old Effie had a few minor dents and dings that Terrence wanted repaired.
"Overall, the truck was in really good condition, but 50 years has a way of catching up. That's where my friend and neighbor Jimmy Pederson came in. Jimmy owns his own body and paint shop in Forney. After crawling around the truck for a while, he spotted signs of rust on the doorsills and above the headlights. He also pointed out some small dents I had not seen. We discussed what needed to be done, and we came to the conclusion that an entire makeover would be a pretty good idea."
After completely dismantling the F-100, Terrence and Jimmy sent all the body panels out to be media blasted, which revealed even more problem areas. "During the day, Jimmy would work on the truck in between other jobs, and every evening I would come home and work on my new pride and joy for a couple of hours after dinner." Terrence related that the UPS man got to know them very well during the two-year rebuilding process. "Mid-Fifty Ford Parts in Golden, Arizona, became my main parts supplier. They carry almost everything you need to restore a '53-56 F-series Ford pickup."
While Jimmy and his crew were straightening out the Effie's 51-year-old sheetmetal, Terrence started freshening up the chassis, starting with the I-beam front axle. Terrence also rebuilt the semi-elliptic six-spring rear suspension along with the 3.92:1-geared semi-floating hypoid rear axle and two-shoe anchor hydraulic brakes. In keeping with the restoration theme, Terrence elected to retain the OE 15x5-inch two-piece drop-center steel disc wheels (and pie-tin hubcaps), wrapping them in P235/75R15 Kelly rubber.