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Resto Mod Ford F-100 Becomes a Show Winner

Published June 4, 2016

Muscle cars and hot rods aren’t the only vehicles suitable for customization. Custom pickup truck scene is as strong as it ever was, and Bob Ferguson from Viera, Florida, is one of its veterans. This silver-painted resto mod 1956 Ford F-100 pickup you’re about to see is his 23rd custom vehicle. It comes without saying – practice makes perfect, and his 60-year old truck is as close to perfection as one grandpa can get.

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Although possessing a fine set of skills, even someone like Bob has his limitations, and according to his words, it’s important to know when one reaches them. This is why he employed the help from Florida’s professionals on almost every aspect of this custom truck.

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After he bought the rusty pickup from one of his friends, Bob started disassembling it and working on a plan. He then reached out to Charlie Butterfield of Charlie’s Customs in Melbourne, Florida, who was supposed to help him with the chassis. Charlie did a remarkable job by using modern aftermarket parts. Bob’s F-100 thus, has Fatman Stage 3 rack-and-pinion front end, and 9-inch Ford rear. CPP 11-inch disk brakes enhance old Effie’s characteristics with modern stopping stats, while Ridler’s 645 Gray Machined wheels and Toyo tires make it roll.

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Then it was time to power up the newly restored chassis. Second generation F-100’s powertrain was long gone from this world, so Bob decided to go with GM’s small-block 6.0L V8 truck engine and 4L80E tranny. Although more than powerful for antique F-100, Bob still wasn’t satisfied. He employed Tick Performance in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, for their Elite Performance package, and Gavin Broome and Matt Verzi at StreetHeat Customs in Melbourne, Florida to fuse them all together. They modified the stock parts, and used a number of aftermarket replacements like Hedman headers, Comp Cam, and twin Flowmaster exhausts.

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Finishing body touches are the work of John Bia of Ace’s Autobody Shop in Palm Bay, Florida. Instead of returning old rusted originals back to life, he decided to go for some more aftermarket parts. This is the reason this custom resto mod Effie features new fenders, hood, and LMC grille and bumpers. Bia’s last present to the F-100 was this astonishing Matrix Andromeda Silver paint.

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Last, but not the least, interior is the work of Jeff Driscoll from Jeff’s Auto Interior in Malabar, Florida. Stunning red synthetic leather upholstery, covers and red wool carpets are combined with carbon fiber black inserts. New F-100 deserved new gauges as well, and white AutoMeter units answered the call. It also has Lokar shifter, Vintage Air system, and even Retrosound stereo upon Charlie Butterfield’s custom-built center console.

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Bob Ferguson’s custom-built 1956 Ford F-100 is more than capable of keeping up with 50 and 60-year younger cars. However, as Bob suggests, it’s now time for his 24th project which means this resto mod pickup might end up on a sale soon enough.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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