A Gear Vendors overdrive kit was installed to split the gears in the TH700R4 transmission. At the other end of the shortened drivehaft, a Ford 9-inch rearend with 4.10 gears turns the Strange rear axles.
Lorne moved through the cab, updating and modifying practically everything. The clean look of the 1956 dash was only mildly altered. VDO gauges replace the stock instruments, and a lower panel and center console were created for the Vintage Air controls and vents. The WaterFall steering wheel and polished tilt column are from Flaming River. The shifter and pedals are from Lokar.
The truck probably had rubber floormats when Lorne learned to drive it; it’s got wool carpeting today. The old bench seat is now an eight-way-powered 40/20/40 bucket/armrest combo covered in tan leather, the handiwork of Cascade Interiors in Calgary. They’re heated, too (it gets pretty cold on the Canadian prairie). Did you notice how the door panel design mirrors the airbrushed trim on the outsde? An Alpine stereo head unit is hidden under the seats and features remote control. Subwoofers are positioned in the rear corners with mid-range speakers in the front kick panels. Egbert Street Rods helped with the stereo installation, and Granddad probably would probably enjoy that, too.
The transformation from scrap heap relic to trophy-winning magazine feature truck was not an overnight one. It took seven years of work to build, but has been getting respect since making its public debut at the Edmonton Powerama. In between trips to the winner’s circle, Lorne keeps the ’56 on the road, cruising with his wife Hazel and their daughter Whitney. The days of dairy deliveries and through barbed-wire fences are part of the past, but Lorne says the F-100 that’s been part of his whole life is still creating lasting family memories. CCT