Classic Ford Panel Truck Packs Plenty of Cubic Inches

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Ford Panel Truck

With a stroked out 600 hp heart, this classic Ford panel truck is our preferred way to make deliveries!

In the old days, delivering goods was done in style. Because you had amazing looking things like this 1956 Ford panel truck to haul them around in. With bodywork that meshed the goodness of a regular old pickup with the utility of a van, it was every delivery boy’s dream. Throw in 600 ponies of Ford power, and you won’t have to worry about racking up any late fees.

Ford Panel Truck

And this particular Ford panel truck, which we spotted over at The Collector Car Network, has exactly that thanks to a stroked, 532 cubic inch monster of a motor. Beginning with a Ford Racing crate engine, TEM Machine Shop turned things up a notch by adding a 4.30-inch SCAT crankshaft. The rest of the parts list is quite star-studded too, and includes things like a Comp cam, Edelbrock heads, and Ross pistons.

Ford Panel Truck

To get all that power to the ground, Horgan’s R&R Transmissions was called upon to build a bulletproof E40D. The overdrive tranny was fitted with a more formidable flex plate and Pro Torque converter. And it’s handled electronically via a Baumann Electronic Controls TCS controller. Which makes the drivetrain of this stellar Ford panel truck worthy of attention. But the rest of the build is no slouch, either.

Ford Panel Truck

Just check out those timeless curvy lines, covered in bright red paint. With much of the original chrome painted black, there’s a nice bit of contrast on the outside. The seller neglects to mention any suspension mods. But the old Ford panel truck now sits pretty close to the ground. A set of tasteful slotted mags fill the wheel wells, a nice departure from massive modern rims.

Ford Panel Truck

We certainly can’t think of a better way to deliver anything than in this nasty, vintage Ford panel truck. Not to mention a faster way to do so!

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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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