Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes are a few good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. High-resolution digital photos can be sent in via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Traditional prints are also acceptable and should be sent to: CCT, c/o Readers' Trucks, 1733 Alton Parkway, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92606. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs.
Sixteen Year Love Affair
Jess Roman sent us pics of his flamed and tubbed '56 Ford F-100 that he's owned for the past sixteen years. With 3.70 gears in the four-link-located Posi rearend and 15-inch-wide Mickey Thompson tires, Jess' truck better pack a punch under the hood! A stroked 351 Windsor motor punched out to 393 cubic inches with roller rockers, roller cam, Holley 670-cfm Street Avenger carb on an Edelbrock Air-Gap intake, aluminum heads, MSD ignition, and Sanderson headers is backed by a B&M-equipped C6 trans. With 450 horsepower under the hood, we trust Jess when he tells us that his F-100 hauls!
Carried Away Carrier
Bob Cummings writes from West Richland, Washington, to share the story of him and his '56 GMC:
How often have you heard the line, "I'm just going to fix a couple of things and leave it a driver"? And then too much time and money later followed with the line, "Well, one thing led to the next and I got carried away!" That was me with this '56 GMC. Drove it home, got out the air tools to "fix" a couple of things and 12 years later, it is finally back on the road.
I got a good start on the mechanicals, which ended up as a Camaro clip with Heidts-narrowed control arms and shockwaves; rear clip with a 9-inch on four-links and bags; TH400 and a 502 with Barry Grant Tri-power.
I started some body mods, like rounding the door corners and shaving the driprails, just like I had seen in an old CCT tech article. I soon realized that I was in over my skill level and needed help.
Long story short, Riley Morris and the three other twenty-somethings at Rocket's Hot Rod Garage in little Sunnyside, WA finished making the thing pretty, including the highly modified '91 sportside bed (another one of my bright ideas that ended up being major work). Finally, in spite of my "help", the boys got me on the road this past summer.
Now, anytime I start to look closely at a rig, my friends chime in with, "Drop the tools and step away from the vehicle!"
We know how that goes, Bob, but think the end result was very well worth it!