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1956 Ford F100 - Reunited

For the second time in his life, Scott Burdett gets behind the wheel of an F-100

Kevin Aguilar
Sep 1, 2008
Photographers: Kevin Aguilar
For many guys like Scott Burdett, classic trucks such as the '56 Ford F-100 hold a special nostalgic place in their memories. These trucks were a common sight on the roads of yesterday, and most everyone had a neighbor or a relative who owned one. Although they were everywhere back in the day, these vehicles were generally used for hauling, so it's getting more and more difficult to find a good one to rebuild.
In his high-school days, Scott was fortunate enough to own a '56 as his first vehicle. He and his father wrenched on it together so that he would have something to drive around in. Once he got older, the beloved F-100 was sold off to help finance the beginnings of his own family. Though there wasn't too much money left for spending on nonessential things, Scott saved some dough whenever he could.
Now that Scott has a little more cash in the bank, he is able to afford a few toys. One of the things he wanted to play with was a truck like the one he had when he was younger. So, he searched around and found himself a decent F-100 for a rebuild. When he got this truck, it wasn't in the greatest shape, but the rust and wavy body panels would be easily fixed during the rebuild process.
The unique thing about this particular truck was the '58 Hemi motor Scott found under the hood. This engine made the truck unique, so Scott decided to keep it and rebuild it. He took the Hemi to Performance Automotive Warehouse for its restoration, and it was there that he set his eyes on a polished-out version of it with a supercharger attached. Scott couldn't resist. He dropped off his block to get done up in the same fashion.
With the motor getting worked on, Scott took the rest of his project F-100 to BS Industries' Bodie Stroud. The suspension was torn down for an air-ride system with a Mustang II IFS and a four-link with Panhard bar for the rear. After the new suspension was attached, the framerails were boxed in and received custom crossmembers.
To rid the body of rust, it was sandblasted down to bare steel. All of the rotted sections were repaired with replacement pieces. The rear panel of the cab was swapped for one that was made to hold a big rear window. The majority of the truck was rebuilt to look OE with a few choice custom pieces. That's why the body only got cleaned up with a few shaved items. The hood was cut for the engine's air scoop to protrude just a few inches. After the old steel was bodyworked, the Ford was disassembled so that everything could either get painted in Hugger Orange or chromed.
Once the F-100 was reassembled, it received a final touch of interior work. This included the Stewart Warner gauges that were placed in the dash and custom center console. Bill Dunn reupholstered the original seats and the rest of the interior panels, finishing the two-year build.
With most everything together, the Ford was shown at the '08 Grand National Roadster Show. Out of all the F-100s at the show, this one placed Second, making it one hell of a replacement for Scott's first ride.
Photo 16/18   |   1956 Ford F100 top View
The 411

Scott Burdett / Canyon Country, California
'56 Ford F-100
Rebuilt 392-cid '58 Hemi V-8 engine / Optima battery / brass radiator / aluminum oil pan / Mallory magnetic distributor / ceramic-coated headers / 3-inch Borla exhaust / polished-aluminum valve covers / two Holley 600-cfm carburetors / 8mm beltdrive kit / 6-71 supercharger from the Blower Shop / Turbo 400 transmission with 2,500-stall torque converter / polished-aluminum driveshaft / Ford 9-inch rearend with 3.70:1 gears
BY: Performance Automotive Warehouse, Chatsworth, California
18x8 Boyd Coddington Smoothie II with 3-inch backspacing
Rear: 18x10 Boyd Coddington Smoothie II with 4-inch backspacing
245/40R18 BFGoodrich g-Force
Rear: 285/40R18 BFGoodrich g-Force
Photo 17/18   |   1956 Ford F100 hemi Engine
Total Cost Involved Mustang II IFS with Air Ride Technologies airbags / rack-and-pinion steering / 1-inch tubular control arms / 2-inch drop spindles / 12-inch Wilwood brakes
Rear: Total Cost Involved four-link with Panhard bar / Air Ride Technologies airbags / 12-inch Wilwood brakesAccessories: Custom 20-gallon aluminum fuel cell / Air Ride Technologies Big Red valve system
Chassis: Frame fully boxed in and painted / C-notch / custom crossmembers
BY: BS Industries, North Hollywood, California
Body Mods:
Shaved firewall, fuel cap, tailgate chains, and roll pan with frenched-in '48 Chevy truck blue-dot taillights / hood cut for airscoop / cab converted to fit big rear window / wood bed floor / custom Hemi Ford emblems
BY: BS Industries
Custom Paint:
PPG Hugger Orange
BY: Gray's Paint, Van Nuys, California
Photo 18/18   |   1956 Ford F100 suede Headliner
Original seats reupholstered in gray and black leather / custom center console covered in black leather / custom floor mats with Hemi Ford emblem embroidery / suede headliner / Billet Specialties steering wheel, pedal, door-lock controls, and window cranks / Vintage Air A/C system / Air Ride Technologies RidePro e2 / Stewart Warner gauges
BY: Bill Dunn, Huntington Beach, California / BS Industries
NESA head unit with 7-inch screen / AVI component set / ARC Audio four-channel amp for components / 10-inch Image Dynamics subwoofer / AVI amp for subwoofer
BY: Bill Dunn
Special Thanks:
Bodie Stroud at BS Industries and Hot Rod TV


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