It’s going to be a busy weekend around Anaheim California. It’s time for the 33rd F100 Western Nationals!
Each year the Orange County chapter of Pickups Limited, who I am a member and show chairman, host this event. And each year the quality of the Ford trucks get better and better. It’s a show for pre 79 Ford Trucks, so if you are a truck guy or gal you have to be there! show site, click here
June 6th I finished the project and took her for a cruise after a year of dust and plastic curtains in the garage. I purchased this truck in 2004 completely done. The previous owner wasn’t a truck guy but his son-in-law was and built the truck. Cash was needed and his father in law purchased the truck but didn’t keep it long until I came along . A deal was made and we both were happy.
Running the truck for a number of years and seeing so many F100s, I had some ideas of my own that someday I would fulfill. Back in the early 70s there was a 56 that use to cruise my street, he had widened the rear fenders and I just love that fat look from the rear on these trucks. At the time I had a 54 and no money to make changes, that would have to wait.
That is what got me started on my 56. I had the rear fenders widened but I had to do the bodywork, no problem. I ran those premiered for two years before we took off the bed to add the 20 gallon mustang tank in the rear frame rails.
Then we tilted the bed, cut off the drip rail, smoothed out all the lines (cab, bed, firewall) smooth tail gate, added the rear roll pan, curved the rear bed post to match the rear roll pan. Smoothed the dash put the controls under the dash. Rounded the door corners, added the Altman door latches, did the bed wood, three pieces.
That took me little over a year. Mostly weekends and late nights. Over the process the biggest advantage was the internet. Ordering parts on the fly. Watching YouTube of others who are redoing their hotrods or learning the painting process, tons of information.
I wanted to thank everyone for your comments and private messages of support. This blog will take on some changes. More on shows and things I might do later to the truck. There is a few more things I thought of towards the end of the process but just couldn’t get them done and frankly I wanted to finish this and get back on the road. So stay tuned for those mods to come later.
Things are moving right a long since I finished with the paint. I started early Saturday morning on finishing some small details on some of the parts and then took down the plastic that was up protecting things from over spray, it was up for about a year. Took everything out of the garage and cleaned things up. That sure felt good.
My goal this weekend was to get the rear fenders on, tail gate and bed wood done finishing with the front fenders by Monday night. So during the week I can start on the cab insulation and install the carpet, mount the seat then move onto the doors by next weekend.
Finished the day with the alignment of the hood and fenders.
Finally got her painted. It took all day to do the rest of the parts but she is done. Got a couple of things to clean up tomorrow and I can start to put her back together.
Started this project November 2013 installing the 20 gallon gas tank and one thing lead to another. Bam ! A year and a half is gone.
Still got work to do but its the fun stuff now.
Sanding and prep work is the key to any project. Since starting my project I’ve tried different types of sandpaper and boy is there differences in quality out there.
After several tries of manufacturers I’ve come to like and get the best results from self sticking DuraGold and 3m brands. Wet, I’m using the 3m brand. DuraGold used with my dura block set. That’s the other thing that makes a world of difference, sand blocks of difference shapes and sizes. These fatfendered trucks and their curves require those different sizes.
Most of my stuff was purchased off eBay and Amazon. The manufactures sell on both so before you buy from them direct check those sites. If your a Amazon Prime members you can save a few bucks on freight and get quick shipping, they even delivery in Sunday.
I got the inside of the cab and jams done, inner fender wells, firewall and under hood, bed and tail gate.
Ready to shoot are out side of cab, doors, and fenders.
Cut and buff is done on the painted items already.
Check out what I have done so far. The paint pops in the light. Darker in shade.
What a difference a year makes. Before and after of my dash. Moved the controls under the dash. Removed ash tray. Electrical added connectors for quick removal of cluster. Smoothed the jams as well.