Of course, with a truck this age, you know there's got to be some rust and rot to deal with-and Bob got his share. Grinding, welding, and sanding till all hours of the night, Bob got the cab section of the truck ready for some pros to take over. He'd already chopped the top 4 inches up front while taking 3 1/2 inches off the rear to give the roofline a more aggressive attitude. He then dropped off the cab at C.A.R.S. in Belews Creek, Virginia, where the final touches were laid on the body. Meanwhile, Bob plumbed the oil, fuel, and brake lines in preparation for assembly. Upon the cab's return, he bolted it in place, followed by a Dan Carpenter bed and tailgate. Bob cut the bed and created the tubs that shroud the fat rear M/Ts. He then lined the bed with Purple Heart wood, and as a memorial to his wife's mom, her moniker, Weezie, is emblazoned on the differential cover. Seems she passed shortly before getting her ride in "that damn thing," so now she goes to all the runs, if only in name.
One final addition was one of the components Bob just had to have-a Mooneyes fuel tank. A few last wires to connect the MSD ignition and the motor fired easily, filling the garage with the divine thunder of a V-8.
Now, if this sounds like it took some time, you heard correctly. Twelve years, to be exact. After a successful season showing the truck, winter rolled around, and sure as the flu Bob was itchin' for another project. But since "the boss" (that'd be Bobbi, his wife) wasn't ready for another dozen years of garage time, she suggested he put his energy to use modifying the '55. To get Weezie ready for the '06 season, the engine bay got most of the attention with the addition of a Haltech EFI system that mimics the look of four classic Webers (minus the headaches), and a shiny new set of Boyd's Crown Jewel rims. One final touch came in the way of a birthday present from Bobbi-a new four-fan radiator created by Wizard Cooling in Orchard Park, New York, without Bob knowing. Is that cool or what?
The '55's ice-cold A/C is...
The '55's ice-cold A/C is thanks to Vintage Air. Gauges are from Ford Motorsports, with a cluster panel from Mid Fifty.
Under the hood sits a 460-inch...
Under the hood sits a 460-inch Ford topped with a Haltech FI setup that relies on MSD for spark. For power transfer, a beefed C-6 tranny packing a TCI torque converter unloads on a Ford 9-inch rearend with 3.50:1 Richmond gears.