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Custom 1956 Ford F-100 Looks Like A Polished Piece Of Jewelry: Video

In the classic vehicle world, there are many conditions used to describe the overall state of a vintage car or truck. Some choose to leave their vehicles original, while others perform cosmetic or mechanical restorations. Then, there are many different types of restorations, from nice to big money, better-than-new works of art. This 1956 Ford F-100 we spotted at Barrett-Jackson may not qualify as an original resto job, but it is about as close to a polished piece of jewelry as they get.

The classic pickup has been hammered as straight as an arrow and covered in many coats of Matador Red, for starters. Every panel looks like glass, the sign of a truly quality paint job. Much of the original chrome trim remains as well, and it’s all been replaced or re-plated to match the condition of the bodywork. The bed floor consists of all new wood and stainless steel strips, too.

Like a proper old school hot rod, the 1956 Ford F-100 now rolls on a set of classic American Racing wheels, which give it period look. But underneath lie many more modern components. That includes a Volare torsion adjustable front end and CPP disc brakes. The F-100 is powered by a modern fuel-injected LS V8, which is backed up by an automatic transmission and a Ford 9 inch rear differential fitted with 3.55 gears.

The cab of this vintage pickup is every bit as nice as the exterior. Black perforated two-tone custom upholstery covers the seats, while Vintage Air heating and cooling, a custom polished billet hand stitched leather steering wheel, Lokar smooth shifter, and polished stainless-steel steering column and pedals round out the look.

The 1956 Ford F-100 is already arguably the best-looking Ford F-Series pickup ever produced, so it doesn’t take much to make them perfect. But we certainly won’t fault this red beauty for trying.

We’ll have more cool classics to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-100 news, and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Kenneth Shillts

    A classic Ford pick-up should be powered by a Ford engine. I realize your car your choice.

  2. David H Harshfield

    Nothing bothers me MORE than to see an old FORD – from any era – powered by a GM V8. I get that the 350 is a narrow engine and fits easier, but Ford engines matter too! (please take this as tongue and cheek, absolutely NO offense meant or intended)

  3. Thomas Smith

    A Ford powered by a Chevy Engine has NO place on a newsletter entitled “Ford Authority”.: Shame on you!

    1. Bob Johnson

      Amen to all the above comments! I found this to be bothersome as well!

  4. DennisC

    I agree with the other readers. Why not use the fabulous Ford Coyote! And by the way, are the wipers missing?

  5. Boss Paull

    Doesn’t have a nice stance, but none the less magnificent.
    By the way the owner should have a covid test immediately, the authorities say you loose all sense of taste if you got covid! LS in a F truck preposterous!


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