This Award-Winning Ford F-100 is a Beauty and a Beast

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There are so many beautiful classic American vehicles out there. However, compared to today’s models, what a lot of them have in style, they lack in engine power.

That’s not the case with this 1956 Ford F-100.

Its owners, Bob & Donna Carr, not only restored it, but they put a powerful and modern V8 under its hood. Don’t worry – it’s a Blue Oval engine.

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Bob Carr has had Fords multiple times over the course of his life. After marrying Donna decades ago, he came across the truck you see here. At the time, it was ravaged by numerous New England winters. In 1977, the F-100 was used to carry materials for the construction of the Carrs’ future home in North Carolina. House completed, the truck was retired and placed in a barn for the next 18 years.

It may have been out of sight for nearly two decades, but it was not out of mind.

Clearly, the Carrs eventually brought it back to – and beyond – its former glory. Their Vermillion Red F-100 now has an independent front suspension, power steering, and 11-inch disc brakes with four-piston calipers. Those sit behind 15-inch Cragar wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, which, along with a 4R75W gearbox and 3.70 gears, put the 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque from a Ford Performance Coyote 5.0-liter V8 to the road.

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The Carrs have covered more than 20,000 cross-country miles in two years inside their restomod’s interior. A Vintage Air system keeps them cool in their Ranger bucket seats while one of them keeps the truck pointed toward the horizon with the wheel from a 1974 Ford.

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Most recently, the couple drove their F-100 to an award for having the best Ford hot rod with a late model Ford engine in it at the 36th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals North Plus in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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via [Hot Rod Network]

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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