Last on the list was to get the interior up to shape. Since the Hurst shifter that Jim chose sits on the back of the tranny, keeping the stock bench seat was kind of a problem. Jim chose Chrysler bucket seats upholstered in black vinyl and had the word Hemi stitched in the tops of them. Jim did the upholstery himself, including the refinished vinyl door panels. The chrome steering column and three-spoke bell steering wheel are both products of ididit. The shift arm was custom made to curve out from under the front seat--not the best idea, Jim says. The truck originally had new gauges mounted in holes cut below the original instrument cluster; those were swiftly filled and the old gauges were sent to United Speedometer in California. They were updated and now show 120-mph top speed. Jim installed an aftermarket electric window system and one-piece windows as well.

Jim says one of his best memories with his dad was working on the truck with him. "He loved this truck," he says. Well, Jim, all that work paid off. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy it. CT

Jim Lamb

Fort Collins, Colorado

1956 Ford F-100

Frame: Walton Fabrication
Modifications: custom-built
Rearend / Ratio: 9-inch / 2.75:1
Rear suspension: four-bar / coilover
Rear brakes: disc
Front suspension: Mustang II IFS
Front brakes: disc
Steering: rack-and-pinion
Wheels: Wheel Vintiques Smoothie
Front tires: Master Craft, Avenger, 215/70R15
Rear tires: Master Craft, Avenger, 255/70R15
Gas tank: stainless

Engine: Mopar crate Hemi
Heads: Mopar Performance
Valve covers: Mopar Performance
Manifold / Induction: Offenhauser / ACCEL DFI
Ignition: Mallory
Headers: Hedman
Exhaust / Mufflers: 3-inch custom / Summit Racing
Transmission: Richmond
Shifter: Hurst

Style: pickup
Modifications: widened fenders, modified firewall, seamless running boards
Fenders: modified stock
Hood: stock
Grille: stock
Bed: stock, owner installed bed wood
Bodywork and paint by: Custom Auto, Loveland, CO, Bubba Reynolds, Scotty’s Hot Rod Shop
Paint type / Color: DuPont / Dark Jade
Headlights / Taillights: stock
Outside mirrors: stock
Bumpers: stock

Dashboard: stock
Gauges: refurbished stock
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Steering wheel: ididit
Steering column: ididit
Seats: Chrysler bucket
Upholstery by: owner
Material / Color: vinyl / black
Carpet: black