1956 Ford F-100 Goes from Junker to Jewel
Starting with nothing more than a rusty Ford F-100 cab, FTE member pulls off a seemingly impossible task.
There’s something to be said for anyone who takes an old, beaten up truck and completely restores it. This isn’t a job for the meek or impatient, after all. But it is wholly satisfying, like few other experiences in life. And it’s also quite satisfying to watch a project come together, even if you’re not the one doing the hammering and wrenching. So you can bet we got a kick out of seeing Ford Truck Enthusiasts member 56panelford bring his 1956 Ford F-100 back to life right here in the forums. Especially since this project almost never happened in the first place.
“I bought a pickup the same time as my panel back in 1999. Don’t have any pictures of it before it was torn down and I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to be a project after I started to pull it apart. I basically scrapped the cab and picked up another that, believe it or not, was in better shape. It was one that many would have also scrapped. But where I live, these trucks don’t jump out at you. So I started working on the cab last April of 2014.”
Projects certainly don’t start out much more humbly than that. And of course, this “better” cab wasn’t as great as it looked at first. There was plenty of hidden rust along the top and down into the drip rails and cab corners. But the OP, unfazed by these discoveries, just started cutting out all the rot and welding in new metal.
Before long, all the hard work was done and the cab was in primer. Next, it was time to get to work on the frame, drivetrain, and other body panels. With the kind of skills that make us more than a little jealous, the OP kept grinding away at this beaten up old pickup until it was whole again. Before you know it, this 1956 Ford F-100 actually looked like a truck instead of a pile of parts.
But of course, there was still a lot of work to be done. The OP found a low-mileage 5.8-liter V8 from a 1983 F-150, which made a nice transplant for this old pickup. Then some custom leather seats. In the meantime, bodywork continued as the OP smoothed out the truck’s curvy lines and made some classic modifications. Shortly thereafter, it was finally time to put some paint on what was once nothing more than a rusty 1956 Ford F-100 cab.
The results of all that hard work, well, they speak for themselves. It was an absolute pleasure watching this incredible project come together, without a doubt. And it’s also one that you can relive, step by step, by heading over here!