If you have a Classic Cruiser and want to see it here, e-mail at least six high-resolution photos and background info to the e-mail address above, or mail prints to: Classic Trucks, Attn: Grant Peterson, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870.
Part Of The Family
I met Lee Pollard at a recent Goodguys show and asked him to send pictures of his '57 Chevy truck along with his story so I could share it with you. Here goes!
"My father purchased my '57 pickup for $600 as a father/son project in 1981, and my older brother Sam had to drive it home since I was only 14. The Chevy was in need of a total restoration, so my dad, brother, and I took everything off the frame except the cab and repaired or replaced it over the coming years.
"We overhauled the 327 V-8 that was already in it and also kept its Saginaw three-speed transmission. A few years later, I happened across a set of '62 Corvette valve covers and a '55 Cadillac air cleaner and added them to the project. The suspension is pretty close to stock. To lower the '57, I installed monoleaf springs up front and Nitro Drop shocks in the rear along with a Rancho steering stabilizer. The wheels are still the original six-lugs that I covered with real Moon discs and Diamondback
Classics whitewalls, and they look perfect for the overall late-'50s/early-'60s custom look I'm going for. The interior is gunmetal gray with a red dash and was painted by my dad in our backyard, and the upholstery is done in black and gray diamond-tuck to give it that vintage look. The bed is wood with stainless stripsand handmade stainless washers on the fenders, with a snap-on tonneau cover. also have a spare tire mounted in the bed with a matching vinyl tire cover that my wife made for me.
"I purchased a TCI Mustang II suspension kit at the '07 Charlotte Goodguysshow where my brother and I met you, and I hope to install it over the winter. I have enjoyed my truck for 26 years now and don't plan to ever sell it. Besides, I don't think my wife would let me, since we went on our first date in it."
Ford In A Foreign Land
Brian 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.