Hi all I thought Id poke my head out of the hole and introduce myself. My name is Jim and I recently was given my dads ol Ford. This truck has been in the family since the 70's. Dad bought it from the original owner for 300$. He and my mom drove it for quite along time. Then finally parked it for something newer. The thing has sat for 40+ years. In the back yard and now at their new home.i remember as a kid playing in it with the spiders lol. Ive always had my eye on the truck but i could never ask my dad for it. My pop is retired now and admits he will not do anything with the truck. And wishes to see it be carried on and not wasted or sold when hes gone. Being an avid gear head I had to stop smiling as fear it would get stuck when he decided id be the one to be honered with this truck. The Ford is a 1956 F-100 custom cab. 272 motor with the optional Fordomatic Trans. Almost everything is stock. Id like to make a resto/build thread on this. I have some pics also. Im new to this forum so im learning the ropes. Sorry if this is in the wrong spot. Thanks!
Ford only started offering the automatic transmission in pickups in 1953. They didn't have a lot of takers in the first years so your pickup with the Fordomatic is fairly rare. You should have a nice truck when you get done restoring it stock. The only change you may want to make is the rear axle ratio depending on what the truck currently has. A ratio of 3.25 to 3.50 or so usually works out well on these trucks.
Welcome to FTE and yes this is the correct place for you and your truck.
56 with a original Custom cab, Big Window & Ford O Matic is a Rare truck. Most 56s were regular cabs with small back windows and manual trannies. You'll have a great time fixing it up and being on this site. Lots of knowledgeable folks that are ready to help you out with questions or repair info. Looking forward to seeing pictures and following you progress.
We are addicted to truck pics, so please feed our addiction.
The easiest way to put pics in a post on FTE is to have them somewhere on the Internet first. I use Photobucket for my picture storage.
Here's one way to post pics:
Go to Photobucket.com and sign up for a free account. Then create an album for your truck. Upload any pics you want to post on FTE to that album. Have this album open on your computer when you want to post pics on FTE.
While you're making a post on FTE, select the pic you want to post from your Photobucket album. When the large version of the pic is open, right mouse click on it and select "View Image Info". The image info will be highlighted and will look something like this: http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/l...ghtsafter1.jpg
Copy that highlighted info (right click / copy).
When you have the spot in your post where you want the pic to be placed, select the "Insert Image" icon at the top of the post (looks like a mountain) and paste (right click / paste) the image info you copied in the highlighted box (just shows "http://" when it opens).
WOOW! Thanks for all the replies! Im going to setup that photo bucket thing here in a bit. I would have blabbered on there about the truck more but i dident want to over do it haha.
Overall condition of the truck is great. Ive only found two rust areas that will need to be patched. The front right bottom of the cab right where the fender meets the step. And the driver floor pan cab mount bolt area has bad cancer. Other then that i have not seen any other areas of cancer. The front right fender is dented from my brother. From what my dad says hit hit a tree in out backyard. How that happend I dont know. The tail gate is beat up a bit from the years of hauling alot of motorcycles. As my dad used to race oval track. The wood bed is totally gone though. Bout it for the body. (For now lol)
As far as the motor goes. Coolant is still in liquid form lol. Me and my dad poped the thermastat out and found a *** load of rust. It all seemed to come from the upper coolant pipe. Nothing was past the stat. Motor oil looks fine. just old. And the trans fluid looks great. Just old. Yesterday we also took off the water pump, starter and generator. The water pump was already know to be bad. The starter is in good shape, just gonna have it rebuilt and cleaned up. The generator on the other hand is most likely going to be swaped out for an alternator. Over Christmas I pulled the seat and cleaned out all the cludder and rats nests in the cab. Best Christmas present EVER! Found alot of old change and old relics of past time of my mom n dad. Even found some old love letters from my mom to my dad. Found some of the emblems. Along with whats left of the Fordomatic hood emblem.
We are on the hunt for a decent set of steel wheels or even a set of old mags. To get the thing on a full set of tires. What is the studd pattern 5x5.125? It has three different wheels on it. lol. Basically thats where im at right now. Ill keep you all in the loop on what happens with the truck. Thanks again for all the intrest!!
Bolt pattern is 5 X 5 1/2. You can buy patch panels for both your problems. Original wheels require nubs on the inside of the wheel ring but if you don't have the original hub caps any old ford 5 X5 1/2 rims will fit it to get it rolling.