There is much to be said about personal style. Some try and succeed and some fail miserably-at least you could say they never failed to try. Anyone can judge a vehicle on what he or she would change: this part, that part, or those wheels. It happens a lot at shows. Most people walk away from the vehicle and never think about it again. John Dunn is not like most people, and one truck stuck in his mind long after the show was over.
John first fell in love with this truck at a show (Show-Me F-100) in Branson, Missouri, in 2003. The following year he became friends with the owner and had the truck in the back of his mind until 2007 when the deal was struck. Now John was in possession of the orange beast and thought it needed "Dunn's Personal Touch." So the transformation began.
This was not John's first experience with a '56 Ford. There was always an Effie in the works or nearby to enjoy. While driving the new truck home his wheels started spinning as he was trying to decide what parts he would replace first. So first up was moving the front bumper back for a cleaner look. He followed this with a new shiny chrome grille to replace the old damaged unit. John did not want to stop there so he replaced the seat with a custom bench from Interior Supply Services. Outside the doors, newer running boards were in order to make exiting much more assuring. Wanting to remove the smell and the stock fuel tank out of the cab, he replaced it with a 19-gallon tank from Mid Fifty F-100 Parts that mounted under the bed. TCI rear lowering springs were installed and U-bolted to a rebuilt GM 10-bolt rearend with 3.08 gears. John was not happy with the overpowering exhaust noise so he drove the truck to S&S Mufflers of Denison, Texas, where Gaylon installed new headers from Sanderson connected by 21/4-inch plumbing. To help tame the aggressive note from Chevy 350 HO engine, John went with a set of Turbo Oval mufflers.
As mentioned before, there was some previous customizing done to the truck before John got his hands on it. The Ford frame was boxed in for strength to help fit a Fatman Fabrications Mustang II kit. Upgraded stopping power came along with the IFS in the form of a set of five-lug disc brakes, and for the back the stock rear drums were kept. Because of the classic style the Torq-Thrust wheels and BFGoodrich tires are a standard go-to for most truck enthusiasts.
John's F-100 is no trailer queen; he drives it weekly. John jumped in the truck last year and boogied to the F-100 Super Nationals in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he won Top 35 in the '53-56 class. For John it was like winning an Oscar, but then again this is the second truck of his to grace the pages of CLASSIC TRUCKS. Welcome back!
1956 Ford F-100