... All you people working on your cars should be inspired by this 16 year long restoration. Keep working !!
Back in 1997, after attending my first Goodguy’s Car Show, I
decided to get back into Street Rods. I
have always wanted to build a classic Pickup and began a search for my
favorite, a 1956 Ford F-100 big window pickup.
After looking for several months, and just about giving up on finding a
big window, I located this truck in a barn, near Madera.
The pickup had no engine, transmission, or any other
amenities. It definitely was a project,
however, it did have the big rear window and was one of approximately 6,200 of
the 1956 half-ton pickups built by Ford with that option. After bringing the truck home, I started on
what was supposed to be a quick driver project. But for a variety of reasons, one thing lead
to another, and it turned into a lengthy 16 year build.
The chassis has been modified to include boxed frame rails,
custom cross members, coil over front and rear suspensions, power assisted disc
brakes, and a power rack and pinion steering.
The engine is a GM-ZZ$ with a 700R4 transmission and a Ford 9” rear-end.
The truck now has over 30 subtle modifications to the body
and bed. The paint is Lexus Aloe Green,
which was Alison’s choice and the interior is a combination of tan leather and
vinyl with matching carpet. We named
Now that Effie is finally complete, we are looking to putting
some miles on her this summer and smashing a few bugs along the way.
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