With the truck running, John and Sandy decided to go to the '09 F-100 Western Nationals for the truck's maiden voyage. Unfortunately for John, as he was parking his freshly built Ford at the hotel, the brakes went out. As it turns out, the brake switch had failed and drained out the remainder of the brake fluid from the master cylinder; five minutes earlier they had been in stop-and-go traffic. With the F-100 cruise being later in the evening John made a quick run to the parts store. A brake switch wasn't in stock, so he capped it with a brass plug and continued on with the trip. John received the Hard Luck award from the F-100 Western Nationals event promoters and was thankful he could drive it the 100 miles home instead of putting it on a tow truck.

Since then, the truck has been on many trips, like to the Big Bear California Show and the Lake Havasu Run, where he has won many awards, including Best in Show. The truck has never been on a trailer since he completed it. John says he built this truck to be driven to the shows, which is the best way to enjoy yourself and the truck.

John Dioli
El Cajon, California
1955 F-100

CHASSIS FRAME: '55 Ford
MODIFICATIONS: IFS
REAREND / RATIO: Ford 9-inch / 2.79
REAR SUSPENSION: leaf
REAR BRAKES: drum
FRONT SUSPENSION: Plymouth Volaré front clip
FRONT BRAKES: disc
STEERING: Volaré box
WHEELS: American Racing Torq-Thrust D-series, 16x8
FRONT TIRES: P245/50R16 Falken
REAR TIRES: P245/60R16 Falken
GAS TANK: stock
INTERIOR DASHBOARD: stock with aluminum trim
GAUGES: Auto Meter
AIR CONDITIONING: Vintage Air
STEREO: Alpine
STEERING WHEEL: Mid Fifty, Banjo
STEERING COLUMN: '73 Chevy truck
SEATS: stock, modified, dropped 2 inches
UPHOLSTERY: Saul Bejarno at Friendly Upholstery
MATERIAL / COLOR: leather / gray
CARPET: German square weave
DRIVETRAIN ENGINE: Chevy 350
HEADS: Chevy
VALVE COVERS: aluminum
MANIFOLD: Edelbrock
IGNITION: HEI
HEADERS: block huggers
EXHAUST / MUFFLERS: 2½ inches / MagnaFlow
TRANSMISSION: TH400
MODIFICATIONS: stock
SHIFTER: '73 Chevy, column
BODY STYLE: F-100
FENDERS: stock (front)
HOOD: stock
GRILLE: stock, painted
BED: African Sapele
BODYWORK / PAINT: Dalton and Sons, Santee, CA
PAINT TYPE / COLOR: PPG / '96 Corvette Blue
HEADLIGHTS / TAILLIGHTS: Mid Fifty
OUTSIDE MIRRORS: stock
BUMPERS: roll pan with bumper moved up / stock