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PostSubject: F-100 with Unique Powerplant   May 24th 2016, 6:57 pm

This Owner-Built 1956 Ford F-100 Packs an Unexpected Engine

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"I had two friends who built chopped 1956 F-100s back in the olden days. I swore I would do the same one day and now I have." Those are the words of John Hinton, from Auckland, New Zealand, and this two-tone custom truck is the chopped 1956 he's referring too. Impressive work for a man who told us a 1956 F-100 "looks like it was designed by a school class who have drawn all the components and then cut and pasted them together—but not quite in alignment."

John wanted to see what he could do to improve the profile and make everything flow nicely. He's built many cars and trucks, but mostly with 'glass bodies, and wanted to learn how to work with steel. He started by buying Ron Covell videos and learning about metalshaping, TIG welding, chopping, and sectioning—without a lot of expensive machinery. "I bashed annealed pieces of 1mm alloy on tree stumps, fence posts, and anything else that would make the shape I wanted. I cut, folded, shaped, welded, and bashed many sheet steel bits, filling the rubbish skip in no time." Then he took his newly acquired knowledge and skills and built the truck he swore he would.

Studying those Ron Covell videos combined with hands-on practice prepared Hinton for the work that went into the F-100 body. "I usually start my projects with a rolling body shell," he said. "This time I was building a tube chassis, so all I bought was the original cab, doors, hood, and radiator support from a local F-100 specialist. The rest is new repro bits. The fenders running boards, tailgate, front roll pan, and deck are all Bob Drake parts. It's a lot easier welding and hammering new sheetmetal compared to the 50-year-old stuff. It was easier that I thought cutting 6 inches out of the cab, 5 inches out of the roof, and welding it all back together again."

In addition to the modifications mentioned, Hinton sectioned and shortened the front fenders, and rolled them downward to match the rear fenders. The rears were shortened and pie-cut to line up with the tires, and raised 1 1/2-inch on the bed side. The running boards and bed were also shortened and altered. The hood has been sectioned to follow the front fender line. Custom front hood hinges and tailgate latches were homebuilt, and doors were radiused. Chromed tubing creates a custom grille. With these numerous mods, the stock headlights were no longer a fit, so 1955 F-100 lights were mounted in their place; the 1940 Chevy taillights are custom-mounted.

Rodney Holland at Rodney's Restorations taught John a lot about panel gaps, alignment, and fitment—and stepped up to shoot the Tangerine and Champagne colors, separated by a dark green pinstripe.

Picture a stock F-100 frame and then picture a race car frame. What John built for the 1956 looks like the latter. "The concept of a tube chassis was visualized and each part designed mentally before any construction took place," John told us. "Then it was a matter of fabricating parts from the mental pictures." The 'rails are a combination of 1 5/8 x 1/8-inch-wall main tubes with 1 3/8 x 1/8-inch inner tubes and a variety of bracing tubes. The frontend features unique owner-built, ladder-style, double-tube A-arms built from heavy-wall seamless tubing, plus Wilwood spindles and QA1 coilovers. John added a chromoly antiroll bar, and modified a Toyota HiAce power steering rack. The rear also features QA1 shocks and an antiroll bar. The triangulated four-bar rear has the same tubular ladder design as the front A-arms—and locates a Ford 9-inch. The imitation quick-change center runs 4.11:1 gears, with a four-spider limited slip spinning remachined Ford axles. Cragar 17- and 15-inch five-spokes ride on BFGoodrich tires, with Wilwood discs to take care of stopping. John says that his rock-solid chassis is so light "I could wheel it around like a wheelbarrow, even with the engine and box in place."

The engine he's talking about isn't on our list of expected classic truck powerplants. John had a lot of space to fill from the firewall and grille, and between the louvered inner fenders. He packed the space with a twin-turbocharged 256ci Toyota quad cam 32-valve 1UZFE, rescued from a wreck. Twin pod filters get air from ducts in the side panels. Polished alloy tubing with blow-off valves run to dual Honda Integra throttle bodies on fabricated manifolds. The owner-built headers run forward to the two front-mounted turbos, with barely enough room left for the 2 1/2 inch exhaust. "The Toyota V-8 is very wide and very short," John says. "Add twin turbos to the side and presto, the engine bay was full of shiny engine stuff. There was no other choice really."

Backing up the engine is a Toyota W58 five-speed, with an Exedy clutch and disc—connected to the rear by a new locally built driveshaft.

The inside is as extraordinary as the outside, with the dash reworked to locate the gauge cluster to the center, where a carbon-fiber instrument panel is filled with Auto Meter gauges. The custom center console houses the controls and vents for the Vintage Air A/C system, and for the owner-built stainless shifter. The console flows into a panel surrounding the bucket seats from a Nissan Skyline. The interior is painted to match the Champagne exterior, with the wooden Grant Signature Series steering wheel matching the Tangerine. Sparky upholstered the seats and reshaped seats and custom door panels in light gray custom weave cloth from Germany. Custom wiring was routed by Carl Jensen.

"I don't have a nostalgic bone in my body. I like using the latest and best trends, and sometimes even creating my own trends," John says. "It's easy to follow trends and build with a checkbook, but it takes some effort to create something unique."

Frame: completely custom tubular frame
Rearend / Ratio: Ford 9-inch with 4-spider limited slip / 4.11:1
Rear suspension: triangulated four-bars, antiroll bar, QA1 coilover shocks
Rear brakes: Wilwood 12-inch discs, four-piston calipers
Front suspension: Custom A-arms, Wilwood spindles, antiroll bar, QA1 coilover shocks
Steering: Toyota HiAce power rack
Front brakes: Wilwood 11-inch discs, six-piston calipers, Wilwood master cylinder, Wilwood reverse-action pedal assembly
Front wheels: Cragar five-spokes with knock-offs, 15x7
Rear wheels: Cragar five-spokes with knock-offs, 17x9
Front tires: 205/65R15 Bridgestone
Rear tires: 265/65R17 BFGoodrich T/A
Gas tank: custom 18-gallon with Walbro 500hp in-tank pump

Engine: Toyota 256ci quad cam 32-valve V-8
Heads: stock
Valve covers: owner modified with billet fins
Air cleaners: twin pod filters
Turbochargers: dual DSR turbos
Intake: owner-fabricated with dual Honda Integra throttle bodies
Fuel Injection: stock, larger injectors, Tomei fuel regulator
Engine management: Link G4 ECU
Radiator: alloy, universal fit
Fan: Derale 16-inch electric, custom shroud
Ignition: dual MSD coils
Wires: Chrysler Hemi
Water pump: stock modified for turbos
Alternator: stock
Headers: custom for front-mount turbos
Exhaust / Mufflers: custom 2 1/2-inch Jet Hot coated / Flowmaster
Transmission: Toyota W58 five-speed
Clutch: Exedy
Shifter: custom

Style: Step-side pickup
Modifications: top chopped 5 inches front and 4 1/2-inches rear, sectioned 6 inches
Fenders front / rear: front sectioned 4 inches, shortened 2 inches, rolled downward, raised 2 inches at cowl / rear shortened 4 inches piecut 2 inches at rear, raise 1 1/2 inch on bed side, Bob Drake front roll pan, running boards shortened 6 inches and raised 1 1/2 inch, doors radiused
Hood: original, sectioned 1/2 inch, custom forward hinges
Grille: custom chromed tubing
Bed: shortened 8 inches, fabricated roll pan
Paint: Rodney Holland at Rodney's Restorations, Auckland, New Zealand
Paint type / Color: PPG Tangerine and Champagne, green pinstripe
Headlights / Taillights: 1955 Ford F-100 / 1940 Chevy with custom mounts
Side mirrors: Hagan with custom stainless arms
Windows: quarter windows eliminated, curved rear

Dashboard: stock, modified with center gauge cluster, carbon-fiber insert
Console: custom
Gauges: Auto Meter
Steering wheel: Grant Signature Series
Seats: Nissan Skyline buckets
Upholstery by: Sparky
Material / color: German custom weave fabric / light gray
Carpet / color: German loop / gray
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Wiring: custom
Seatbelts: Autoliv

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PostSubject: Re: F-100 with Unique Powerplant   May 25th 2016, 1:06 am

Its so nice even I would hate to drive it for fear of a scratch.
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