Ford In A Foreign LandBrian Marconi from Calgary, Canada, is the sixth and possibly final owner of this '56 F-100 longbed. even though it's been through a few hands, the Ford still only shows 79K miles on the odometer. The ex-farm truck from Washington was in and out of storage for about 25 years and bone stock before Brian got it. once Brian had a vision of what he wanted to do to the truck, he stripped the chassis, painted with endura gloss black, and highlighted various suspension pieces in gunmetal gray for a nice contrast.The frontend features a heavy-duty independent suspension with adjustable coilovers and power rack-andpinion steering. Brian also moved the front clip forward by 1 1/4 inches to center the wheels in the fenders as well as added 11-inch disc brakes. The rear of the F-100 has been C-notched and features a Ford 9-inch with 11-inch drums and a triangulated four-link with coilovers. A new underbed 17-gallon aluminium tank sits under the stock bed wood.
Inside the cab is an ididit tilt column topped by a Lecarra Mark 10 wheel and a Gennie floor shifter that controls the '68 C-6 trans modified with a shift kit and a 2,500- rpm stall to handle the "insane" horsepower of the '71 429 Thunderjet. It took a while, but Brian rounded up lots of speed equipment for the motor that includes an NoS Blue Thunder dual-quad high-rise intake running two 450-cfm Hollies, Mickey Thompson finned valve covers, a Crane Cam with a mild thump, a 6-quart rear-sump oil pan, a high-volume oil pump, an edlebrock high-flow water pump, a roller timing chain, and a rare aluminium timing cover. The Dove-C heads were port-matched to the intake as well as fully ported around the intake and exhaust valves. Sanderson headers with a 2 1/2-inch exhaust and Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers complete the package.