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Owner: 
Daryl Dudas

Make/Model: Ford / F-100

Year: 1956

Brand of Paint Used: PPG

Special Modifications: I purchased this truck with close to a 20-year old build on it and spent the last year during the pandemic taking everything apart and upgrading areas that I thought should be. The paint, interior and body were done in the early 2000’s and after some color sanding and hand rubbing, it looks as perfect as the day it was first completed.

Being an engine builder and machinist in my early ages I couldn’t resist taking the 460 apart and stepping it up quite a bit. The original build was done with 15" steelies and the under hood was finished with a mild factory / custom appearance. The whine of the straight cut geared Winters Quick-Change rearend was more than I wanted to listen to daily so I reset the axle with helical cut gears.

My vision was to transform this truck to a simple classic hot rod look with a bunch of chrome work and polished aluminum and plenty of horsepower to back it up along with the ability to be a rock solid reliable machine. Items I had added like the big Griffin radiator, the March Serpentine system, TCI transmission, and aluminum driveline all helped step up the reliability. There isn’t one wire, nut, bolt, or bracket that I haven’t had my hands on during my upgrading, spending countless hours underneath this beauty.

It features

  • Ford 514 stroker motor
  • H-beam rods and forged steel crankshaft
  • Crane .590 / .614 lift hydraulic roller cam
  • Harland Sharp roller rockers
  • Ported , polished, and flowed cast iron heads with oversized stainless steel valves
  • Trick Flow intake manifold
  • Quick Fuel 750 cfm. carb w/ Wilson Manifolds tapered spacer
  • March Style Track Serpentine System
  • Vintage A/C with all hoses hidden in wheel well with bulkheads
  • Griffin polished radiator
  • TCI C-6 Street Fighter transmission w/ 2500 stall convertor
  • Flowmaster Stainless Steel Super 40 mufflers with custom exhaust system
  • Winters Quick Change rearend w/ 3.19 helical gears and Dutchman axles
  • Inland Driveshaft 3-1/2" aluminum driveline
  • Fatman Fabrications complete chassis with Heidts Mustang II front suspension, power rack and rear 4 link
  • Polished Ridetech custom fabricated stainless steel rear 4 link bars with their new R joints
  • 4 wheel power disc brakes with cross drilled and slotted rotors
  • Custom frenched in Moon Tank plumbed as a vented catch can for the overflow
  • Eddie Machine billet hood hinges
  • All polished stainless steel button head bolts under hood
  • Fabricated polished aluminum fender support rod mounts
  • Widened steel rear fenders and sectioned steel running boards
  • Tucked front and rear bumpers
  • Fabricated polished aluminum fender braces and mounts with heim joints
  • Fabricated polished billet exhaust mounts
  • Cowl vents removed and grafted into center dash as a 3rd A/C vent
  • All steel truck with beautiful body and paintwork performed by Jack Honse of Mansfield, Ohio
  • Frame and complete underneath painted to match the truck
  • New bed with custom woodwork and bull nosed aluminum strips and hidden fasteners
  • LED tail lights with billet mounts and hidden wiring
  • Fabricated polished billet rear license plate mount to relocate plate
  • All new safety glass
  • Bench seat back sectioned 1-1/2" for flush fit to rear window
  • Custom Old School upholstery work in a combination of leather and naugahyde
  • Classic Instruments gauges
  • This is a complete frame off restoration with every nut, bolt, clip, wire, hose, etc., etc. replaced and upgraded with only the best pieces available
  • American Racing 2 piece Torque Thrust wheels with custom center caps

…I’m sure I’ve left a bunch of other details out