There are some who keep it real, and there are others who keep it not so real. Danny Greenhaw is one of them fellas who partakes in the latter part of that sentence. When it came time to build his '56 Ford big-window, he was going to build it to his liking, even if that wasn't the way Henry had intended.
Underneath all that purty red paint, things have strayed from the traditional Ford running gear. In fact, things have more than strayed. Where once laid a stock '56 Ford frame, there now sits a Todd Walton custom 2x8 boxed frame. Out back, the leaf springs were traded in for a four-link suspension with coilover shocks. The rearend was also swapped for a Currie 9-inch with Ford disc brakes. Up front, the straight-axle was ditched for an IFS setup with a power steering rack and GM disc brakes.
Having solidified a fine driving foundation, the next part was deciding on a powertrain. Instead of keeping a Ford in a Ford, Danny went along the road most traveled and dropped in a GM 350 Ram Jet crate motor. Behind the motor sits a Phoenix Transmission GM 700-R4. The motor was left the way it came out of the crate, but Danny did add a Vintage Air unit and a Griffin four-core aluminum radiator for those hot Texas days. Putting the wheels in motion are 17-inch Billet Specialties rims with Pirelli Scorpion radial rubber.
The one part of the truck that is keepin' it real is the exterior styling. Sure, the truck has been cleaned up a bit here and there, but for the most part, the Ford looks rather bone stock. For starters, the dents and dings were taken out of the body, fenders, hood, and more. The only real custom modification is the third brake light flush-mounted in the cab just below the rear window. Along with that, the trim and emblems were shaved clean, but the door handles, mirrors, turn signals, taillights, and other various stock features were left intact. As for the bed, Danny gave the crew over at Pros Pick a holler and ordered a new one for the Ford.
The sleek interior in the Ford is short, simple, and to the point. Dig the VDO gauges in t
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With the body together, the truck was taken to Carrol Estes in Cedar Hill, Texas, where he finalized the bodywork and laid down the vibrant PPG Red paint. From there, the oak flooring was dropped in the bed, and the truck was on its way to the interior shop.
As it turns out, the truck didn't have to go far, because Danny is an upholstery man. Just like the old saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself, and that's exactly what he did. Danny wanted an interior that looked simple yet elegant, so he started by building some custom door panels and kick panels. Next up, he dropped in a '95 Chevy pickup seat and built an overhead console. With the interior pieced together, he covered it in tan leather and laid down a tan wool carpet on the floorboard. Because of the Vintage Air system, he also fabbed a custom dash plate beneath the dash to hide the A/C ducts. Bringing the interior to life are custom billet door handles, dash inserts, and other various pieces. Inside the instrument cluster are VDO gauges. Although Danny's Ford may not be keepin' it real, it is keepin' it real cool. And that's all that matters, right? Right.