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Old 11-16-2015, 11:00 AM
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Bought a 1956 and got a lot of questions - Lot of pictures ;-)

Hey everybody.
First of all I would like to introduce myself.

My Name is Daniel. I'm from Germany and I'm 38 Years old.
During the last 20 Years, I restored some old German cars and motorcycles.
Finally: In the beginning of this year I bought my first F100 .

I like to inform you about the progress of my restauration and I guess I'll have a lot ofquestions.

My F100 is an ’56 from mojave desert and has got an unidentified frontclip modification.
The engine is probably a 1976 Ford 351M with a C9?! Transmission.
Maybe someone can give me a hint what car the frontclip, engine, tranny and rear axlecomes from?
Bolt circle is probably 5x4,5.

Pictures below .

Sorry for my bad English.
Kindregards - Daniel
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:18 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Daniel!
Congratulations on your new project. We can look at your pictures and try to give you an idea of what you have when you post them. If you have a 351M and C6 transmission, it likely came from a Torino or LTD, medium or full size cars built in the mid 70's. There's no real way to tell by looking the exact application it came from. They are pretty much all the same. The 351M was used from 1975-79 in those models.

We look forward to seeing your pictures.
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Welcome to the FTE forum...you have come to the right place!
Once you get to the point where you can load pictures you will get a lot of feedback on your new project. There are many knowledgeable people here who are happy to assist.
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:14 PM
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Welcome to the forum Daniel. Lots of knowledge here and we have assisted many Europeans with F100 builds over the years.
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Willkommen Daniel!
You picked the right model to rebuild; virtually every part from multiple vendors is available for this era Ford truck. Shipping to Europe may be expensive. There are many options from which to choose. I assume you want to keep your current drivetrain. However, there are a number of suspension and customized parts to allow you to build the truck of your dreams.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:35 AM
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Hey everybody - thank you for your warm welcome.
Had some issues with uploading pictures but finally I did it.

Some first impressions of my new project.




Subframe modification right








Rear Axle. Torino? LTD? <br/>





Subframe and disc brake right











Inner frame modification right<br/>









































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Hey, Dan, welcome from the land of bronzed babes and budgies! She sure looks like a desert truck. Those pictures are making me thirsty. She has been baking a while in that hot Mojave sun by the looks! Great project! Have fun! Lost of clever guys here to help (not me, I am just a serial pest)
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Welcome to FTE

The rear axle is a Ford 9" rear end. Does it have a metal tag under one of the third member nuts. If so you'll be able to decode what your axle is from. You'll need that info to work on you axles & brakes.
Does it have the stock steering column?
Automatic transmission would be FMX Cast Iron housing, C4 (has a bolt on bellhousing) or C6 (one piece housing). Both have bolt on tail shafts for different applications.
I'd bet the whole car was a 80s rebuild so it's a good bet the engine is a popular small block 302, 351W, 351C, or 351/400M. Need a couple better pictures of the engine to help you out.
It will really help to Identify all the "extras" (we should be able to help) before you start working on your F100.

Enjoy the journey.

Last edited by bjmayberry2; 11-17-2015 at 10:53 AM. Reason: Removed disccusion about Chevy Sub Frame graft.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:43 AM
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No I don't think its chevy or any GM car. I'm not an expert but I did work at a chevy only salvage yard for 25 years. (But its been 15 years since then)
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Yes I see what you mean Chevys had bolts holding the upper control arms with shims for alingment. Your's seem to have slotted holes. My Bad. May be all
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Calipers and rotors look wrong for 70's GM. The calipers and pads might be the easiest way to narrow it down some. At least to a range of applications and go from there. My guess is early 70's Ford. Torino, LTD or similar.
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Looks like a Ford frt end to me. Gm used shimmed upper control arm set up. Yours is a slotted type. I don't like the welded idler arm. Good luck.
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Would that front suspension be like from a Ford Granada, the lower control arm looks very much Ford as it reminds me of the Mustang/ Pinto design.
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Would that front suspension be like from a Ford Granada, the lower control arm looks very much Ford as it reminds me of the Mustang/ Pinto design.
Not Granada. They used a coil over upper control arm suspension like the early Mustangs. The rear steer leads me to think LTD.

No matter what, I'm not impressed with the quality of the graft. Looks kinda scary from my house.
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Not Granada. They used a coil over upper control arm suspension like the early Mustangs. The rear steer leads me to think LTD.

No matter what, I'm not impressed with the quality of the graft. Looks kinda scary from my house.
Who knows how much road use it actually saw, but it was clearly done a few decades ago. I'd clean it up and inspect the welds, then roll slow for awhile and monitor it. I think it will be fine. We've all seen a million grafts and most of them are a little ugly. Failure reporting seems to be very light during my internet career. I've read about more MII streetrod fails then all others combined. (Not a knock on quality aftermarket MIIs).

Getting licensed may or may not be another matter. Some European countries are very tough on inspections.
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