1956 Ford F-100 Pickup - Big Window in Paradise

An Island-Built Effie with Show-Winning Credentials

Jun 2, 2005
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You don't see too many F-100 Big Windows in Hawaii, and it's highly doubtful that if there are anymore of them circumventing the island of Oahu, they are not nearly as nice as this one. Owned and built by heavy equipment operator Charlie Souza, this five-year project cost more than $24,000 to complete.
Starting with the chassis, Souza had the Wood Brothers in California box the F-100's frame and install a 3.00:1-geared '78 Ford 9-inch out back; a 20-inch ladder-style bar suspension; Aldan Eagle coilover shocks; and an aluminum quick-change rearend cover. Up front, the Effie uses a modified '78 Lincoln Versailles frontend clip, complete with power steering and power disc brakes. Rolling stock on the F-100 Big Window consists of a set of classic 15x7.5-inch polished Center Line wheels that sport a set of P235/60R15 and 295/50R15 BFGoodrich Radial T/A rubber.
This is one F-100 that is complete Ford, through and through. Sitting in between those Versailles front rails is a highly detailed '74 351ci Cleveland sporting a Holley 650-cfm carburetor and an Edelbrock Performer intake. A set of black wrinkle-finish Ford Motorsport 351C valve covers and breathers tops the cylinder heads, and the air and fuel mixture is ignited by a Ford/Autolite dual-point ignition system. The spent gases are exhausted through a set of custom-fabricated Wood Brothers headers exiting through a set of Turbo mufflers. Backing all of this up is a Mel's Transmissions-prepared '74 Ford C-6 automatic. The final link in the powertrain consists of a Driveline Hawaii-modified '78 Lincoln driveshaft.
Credit for the outstanding Pink Champagne Pearl paint and bodywork, which includes an abundance of louvers pinched into the body, goes to Honolulu's Guy Azama. The reverse-tilting hood is a product of the Fairlane Company, while the wooden floor of the truck bed and many of the accessories come straight out of the Dennis Carpenter Reproductions catalog.When it came to the inside, Souza did not farm out anything. He did it all himself. The custom-fabricated F-100 dash features Stewart-Warner instrumentation along with an ididit billet steering column and a Grant steering wheel. Charlie upholstered the F-100's seats and door panels in gray vinyl and velour. The stereo is a Kenwood, and the climate control system -- something you really need in the state of Hawaii -- is from the Old Air Company.
Photo 3/12   |   Without a doubt, other than appearing in the World's Leading Truck Publication, the highlight of Souza's truck debut was meeting and eventually appearing on Dennis Gage's My Classic Car television program.
Completed in 1995, Souza's Big Window in Paradise Effie is driven whenever the mood strikes. And when you live in beautiful Hawaii, the mood strikes often. To date, Souza's truck has won three People's Choice Awards and a Best Truck award at the recent Aloha Mustang & Shelby Club of Hawaii/Mike McKenna Windward Ford Show, 2001. It was also where the Souzas had the opportunity to meet and be interviewed by the My Classic Car host Dennis Gage for an upcoming show segment (see photos) to be aired in the early part of 2002. "That was the highlight of the show for us," says Souza. Hey, Charlie, finding your truck and shooting it for Truckin' magazine was the highlight of the show for us, too.

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