Dream Project to Real Project: 1955 Ford F100
July 16, 2018
Written by Gumby Sanders
Gumby Sanders always wanted a Ford F100. Perseverance, hard work, and many modifications later and he finally has his dream car! Read on!
I’ve wanted a 1955 Ford F100 since I was a little kid (many years ago).
About a year ago I finally got my chance. I had just finished rebuilding a coyote-swapped 1955 F100 for a customer; I took a gamble and put in an offer to buy it from him. Poor guy only got to have it for a couple weeks after a long build.
Sadly, the tale of my first F100 doesn’t end well.
After only a couple months of owning it - and a mere month before my wedding, after which we were going to drive off into the sunset in it - my F100 and I slid off a wet road into some trees.
Never fear! After months of looking, I found another truck. I took the two F100s and remade them into the truck I have now.
I reused a Ford Crown Victoria crossmember for my new F100’s suspension and installed a 2014 Mustang Coyote motor and MT82 transmission. I then remade a MGW race spec shifter for the truck and used a 2014 Mustang brake booster, hydraulic clutch, and pedal assembly. I also bought a Ford Racing Control Pack from Tasca Parts for EFI (electronic fuel injection) controls.
Because I decided I wanted a nice cruiser, I fit a 2015 Mustang GT IRS into the F100’s frame. And, to bring a little more new school to the project, I retrofitted an air ride kit from a CTS-V into the truck - without losing any bed space! Since a hot rod is not a cool ride, I added a Vintage Air A.C. And because manual steering isn't for me, I utilized a Volvo S40 power steering pump and reservoir (while keeping the Crown Victoria rack and pinion). As for the F100’s bed - I ordered a new bed kit and then built the wood bed kit myself out of cedar wood meant for a fence.
I still have a bunch to do, but creating a life-long dream is an awesome feeling.
Thanks, Tasca, for all the help. There are countless parts y'all have helped me with for MANY, MANY builds. I look forward to many more years of projects.
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