Refining and redefining the body silhouette is the addition of the pancaked hood, which Don went about freehand until the proportions were to his liking. In order to put some more rubber under the bed, Don then widened the rear fenders 2 inches. With all the metalwork wrapped up, he then smoothed the panels and laid down a PPG custom-mixed pearl yellow paintjob with the help of his friend Keith Smith. Keeping things true to ’56 fashion is the matching yellow steel wheels with Ford caps and beauty rings. Of course, the caps and rings would be nothing without the Diamond Back Classic whitewalls, 235/60R15 in the front and 255/60R15 in the rear.

With things headed into the final stretch Don began work on his portion of the interior. The truck was wired with the aid of a Ron Francis kit. From there the custom chrome dash insert with Dolphin gauges was installed. The Old Air A/C system then found its way into the cab, along with the LMC radio and various other trim pieces. Peeb’s Trim Shop, in Noble, Oklahoma, stitched the cab in black vinyl. The Rod Doors door panels with billet handles also received the black vinyl touch. At that point all systems pointed to go and it’s been nothing but open roads for the F-100. CCT