Knowing what you want in life eliminates a great deal of the woulda/shoulda/coulda syndrome. The only problem with this is that one usually has to go through a fair amount of life's lessons to figure out what it is they really want. Just ask 69-year-old John Quill, or "T," as he prefers. In and around the early '80s, T had a '56 F-100 he drove for the better part of six years, but of course wound up selling, and he has wanted another ever since. For many out there, this is probably a common "problem."
In 2001, T saw a '56 F-100 that flipped his lid. It was black and green and had the "right" stance, according to him, but it wasn't for sale. Three years later, the same truck popped up in the Truck Trader, but he was in no position to buy this go 'round. That truck and T must have been meant to be, because it popped up for sale again recently, but it wasn't getting away this time.
The seller brought the truck over to Bobco in Riverside, California, a shop known for F-100 expertise, to be given the once-over before T signed the pink slip. Without wasting any time, T had Bobco start the transformation of the '56 into the truck he had been envisioning for the last 20 years. The Ford was a decent foundation for such a build because it would only need minor tweaking-famous last words, huh?
No, it really was. Somewhere along the line it had a second-gen Camaro clip grafted onto the stock frame, but done in such a way that the truck had a nice low ride height. All of this was kept and rebuilt using Classic Performance Products dropped spindles, springs, and disc brakes. A quick-ratio Z28 steering box, GM tilt column, and Lecarra steering wheel help T stay between the lines. In the rear, a requisite Ford 9-inch built by Performance Differential in nearby Ontario, California, was done so using a 3.00:1 gearset for all the cruising T has planned. This hangs to the frame via CPP dropped leaf springs and lowering blocks. All of this coupled with the bright orange steel wheels gives the '56 the right stance and bold looks.
The Chevy engine and trans that came with the truck were given a clean bill of health, but freshened with an Edelbrock Performer combo and finned Moon valve covers and matching air cleaner. The 350 was outfitted with a new air conditioning compressor from Vintage Air when the rest of the kit was installed in the truck.
One of the "biggest" things done to the stock cab at Bobco was converting it to a big window, but you probably wouldn't even be able to tell if we hadn't mentioned it. T was also insistent about retaining the stock cowl vent, and taking out the one-piece side glass and returning the wing windows. You'll also notice the aluminum door panels and possibly the louvered aluminum headliner. These were done by Lil Newt in Lake Elsinore, California, but the louvers in the headliner, tailgate, running board aprons, and rear bed panel were punched by the infamous Sir Michaels in Huntington Beach. The stock seat was covered in tan leather by Mark Lopez at Elegance Auto Interiors in Upland, California, and then bolted straight to the floor without the use of seat tracks so T would sit nice and low-see a pattern?
Both Chucks at Bobco handled the bodywork on the Effie so the Bob in Bobco could spray the PPG flattened yellow paint inside and out. Between the body, wheels, and stance ,you'd be hard pressed to "miss" this F-100. T would like to thank everyone at Bobco for making this happen in a scant 10 months, and also Larry White for help with the trans and frontend-our hats are off to all!