Where did your love of trucks come from? Is a genetic trait passed down from fathers to sons, the “stoked on trucks” gene? Although this gene theory has not been scientifically proven, a lot of us learned a thing or two from our dads, another family member, family friend, or neighbor. For Lance Hogan it started when he was 13 and he and his father bought a ’55 Ford F-100. They had a friend named Dick Lux who agreed to help them rebuild the truck one day a week during his spare time. Dick’s passion for Fords (he’s owned a ’56 Ford F-100, a ’40 Ford, and a ’32 Ford Coupe) spilled over into Lance and his father. Dick taught them how to do bodywork after he saw the father-and-son combo pile on the body filler. He then showed them how to build engines, and a lot more.
It was a bitter sweet time for Lance as he loved every minute of the build, but there was always the knowledge that he would have to wait another three years before he’d get his license and be able to drive it. So when Lance was a senior in high school and the opportunity to start his own build presented itself he took it. One day he received a call that there was a ’55 F-100 for sale. The owner, Tony Gamble, had passed in a tragic car accident and his wife was selling the truck. When Lance and his father went to take a look at the truck it was in pieces, but they were up for the challenge. Mrs. Gamble had one condition for the sale: that Lance send her pictures of the finished truck. So Lance borrowed the $2,500 cash from his grandpa and took possession of the truck.
Lance helped out with his father’s truck and now it was time to make this Ford his own. He started the project with a little elbow grease but then had to put it into storage for a little bit until he was able to pay off his student loans and his grandpa, and get back on his feet. Well, that planned short stint in storage turned into seven years. During that seven-year span Lance got married and he and his wonderful wife, Kimberly, talked about having little rug rats. Well, Lance wanted to finish the old truck before he had to watch over children. Kimberly and Lance agreed and the truck project started back up, but as Lance says he “didn’t spend enough time in the garage, and my wife became pregnant with our first child.”
The race was on now. Lance knew that welding, grinding, and cutting in the garage was not going to cut it with a newborn trying to sleep. Getting most of the fabrication done, like the front-end replacement, was handled thanks to a bunch of Heidts Mustang II parts.
Lance wanted to make big power to the rear wheels and the best way he could afford to do that was by swapping out the current motor for a Ford 390 FE big-block. He started with boring out the cylinders 0.030-inch and adding TRW pistons and Edelbrock heads to get a final compression ratio of 9.5:1. The bottom end was all together and a Comp Cams Thumper cam helped tie in all the engine mods to produce a mean sounding motor. An Edelbrock Performer intake and 600-cfm carb were then installed followed by a set of Sanderson headers. The 390 big-block was ready to install but Lance ran into an issue where the oil pan was hitting the new front crossmember, so he called up Canton Racing to special order a pan that would work.
A ton of bodywork was needed, including making new patch panels and floor panels where the rust had eaten away the metal. With the help of a local painter by the name of Red the truck came out of the paint booth a shinny gloss black.