Cut and buffed the frontend today figure I’d take it slow and do a little at a time. Also went back and tighten up some loose screws and bolts since putting her back together. Installed a nice Kenwood Bluetooth stereo, so no wires from phone to system. Mounted a power plug under the seat and the JBL’s in the kick panels. It’s never done. Have a good one.
Another nice day hanging with buddies at the annual LA Roaster Show a day before Fathers Day.
We met at the IHOP on Arrow Hwy and after a high cholesterol breakfast we threw drown some coin and Cruised to gate 15. The usual suspects were in line waiting to make the gate as some tried to cut between us but we try to stay tight but failed. Oh well, its just another day at Pomona. With sunscreen on we followed Dusty as he headed to our spot. Once parked the hoods go up and we head towards the swap area to fulfill our need for stuff.
As we make our way we spot the Bobco trucks and say hi to many as we got bargains on our minds as we continue to row 1.
Chris, Dusty, Rich and me share stories of parts and stuff found at other swaps past. Most of this stuff starts to look the same after row 6 and we have bags of things causing pain in our hands so we headed for the trucks to rest, before heading into the vendor hall.
William and Davis from Primer Podcast stop by to visit and reminisce about the F100 Western Nationals. The sun is gaining power and we bid farewell to them and head for the cool hall.
On our way we had to stop, as we all stood with our hands over our hearts as the Star Spangled Banner was sang. Chris made mention how awesome for a show this size that Everyone stopped and turn towards our flag, It was moving.
Once in the hall the cool AC quickly cooled us down and we were happy. So many vendors and so little money. But we had our dreams to keep us strong. Rich and I lost track of Chris and Dusty about 3 quarters of the way through the hall and headed out side to view the Roasters. We had a brief visit with Von Hot Rod and made our way back to the trucks.
If you never have been its a must do. It’s a two days show and we just seen a few hours. You could spend three days and still need another to finish. It was fun to hang with my fellow members and friends. Enjoy the pics.
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.