1956 Ford F-100 Packs Classic NASCAR Power: Freaky-Ford Friday
Flip-front, a custom interior and a see-through bed make this F-100 a sure showstopper.
This week’s Freaky Friday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of the sludgehammer801 and it features a walk-around of a 1956 Ford F-100. It appears as though every aspect of this antique truck has been modified in grand fashion, but the most significant component of this old school pickup is under the hood. This unique F-100 is powered by a 429-cubic inch Ford big block, similar to the units offered in the 1969-1970 Ford Mustang for NASCAR homologation.
The Boss 9
Back in 1969, Ford offered an engine that was designed to compete with the Chrysler Hemi in NASCAR, so the automaker offered a limited run of Mustangs with the 429-cubic inch V8 with their own design of the hemispherical cylinder head. This engine has become known as the “Boss 9” and it is arguably the most famous of the old school Ford muscle car engines.
Due to the rarity of the 1969 and 1970 vehicles with the Boss 429 engines, these powerful mills are hard to come back in factory form, but companies like Jon Kaase Racing Engines offers modern reproductions of the classic Ford Hemi V8. The engine in this stunning 1956 F-100 likely came from one of those aftermarket suppliers, but in any case, it makes for an incredible power plant under the hood of this unique antique pickup.
The star of this 1956 Ford F-100 show is the Boss 429 V8 under the hood, but that is truly only the tip of the iceberg. To display the massive engine, the truck is equipped with a full-flip front end and the entire body is coated in flawless gloss black paint. Modern wheels have been added and the rear end has been tubbed, allowing room for huge tires out back and to give a good look at the rear suspension, the floor of the bed is see-through and that is both unique and very cool.
Finally, this F-100 has a modernized interior with leather low-back race buckets, a new dash and a chromed-out steering wheel column assembly.