This 1956 Ford F-100 Represents the Fabulous Fifties

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We often hear that the 50’s was a fabulous era. Crime was low, folks had more money in their pockets, the suburbs were booming, and everyone was optimistic. People living in this decade were also driving some of the coolest cars and trucks ever made – bulbous, big-fendered, and full of chrome and character.

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Ford was busy cranking out some of the most beautiful F-Series trucks it ever drew up on paper, like this 1956 F-100. With a 50’s-tastic Meadowmist Green paint job, red oak bed and rails, and steel wheels with whitewall tires, it’s a perfect example of why these were better times.

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That’s why changing a bunch of stuff on these old trucks is mostly a fruitless exercise – they are pretty close to perfect the way they are. Most everything here is stock – the 292 V8, 3-on-the-tree transmission, suspension, brakes, and other mechanicals have been rebuilt or replaced with original parts. The electrics have been upgraded to 12 volts, however, for convenience.

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The interior is bone stock and barren – just the way we liked our trucks in the 50’s. From the flat-as-a-board bench seat to the giant three-spoke steering wheel. There’s no trim on the door panels or dash, because who needs it?

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Just looking at a truck like this F-100 is enough to remind you of a simpler time, long before things like technology ruled the world. It’s just a fabulous truck from a fabulous era – one that we’ll probably never see anything like again.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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