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Jon Welch of New Smyrna Beach, Fl now owns this beautiful ‘56 F100. While Jon is Florida born and raised and grew up in New Smyrna Beach, his ‘56 was found in Arkansas (no rust!). Bought at the Daytona Turkey Rod run over four years ago it was purchased as a “work in progress” vehicle. Already powered by the Ford 460, the truck needed a complete tear-down and repaint. Jon didn’t have a ton of money to throw at the truck so he just used good old fashioned “elbow grease”, time off from his job at the Florida East Coast Railway (37 years, now retired), and the help of many family and friends to get things rolling.

First generation F series Ford trucks were introduced in 1948 to replace the car-like earlier trucks. They were sold in 8 different weight ratings. Second generation trucks (1953-1956) had increased overall dimensions, improved engines (317 Y blocks were the biggest) and an updated chassis. Also, the half-ton F1 now became the F100 (partially influenced by the F100 Super Sabre Jet, as per Wikipedia.org). The 56 was a one-year only body style in that the windshield posts were vertical with a wrap around windshield as one of the most noticeable changes.

Once apart, Jon dug in to getting the bed ready by adding mini-tubs and lumber from Home Depot (select pine), stained with MinWax Gunstock color. The tailgate was disassembled and had 60 louvers punched in it as well as a custom rear pan made with another 56 punched in it for that custom touch. He didn’t like the original 56 tail-lights so added tail lights from a 48-52 Ford F100. Polished aluminum diamond plate not only dresses it up but offers some protection as well and looks great!

Tackling the body next, he decided on setting off the front end with some custom flames. He enlisted his cousin Jeff Allen who owned Jeff Allen’s Garage in Eustis, Fl not far away. They painted it a Ford Oxford White. The flames were done (see pic’s) by painting the base color (outlined stripes) first which seemed unusual to Jon but turned out beautiful. 4 coats of clear were applied and once the engine was repainted, it all started going back together.

The engine is a 460 Big Block with Dove heads and Holley 600 carb. Exhaust gases are handled by the Sanderson headers into dual Flowmaster mufflers and exhaust. The C6 transmission is aptly shifted by the Lokar shifter and vitals all monitored by the Auto Meter gauges and tach. He’s been on a budget all along he says so it gets its stopping power from drum barkes for now on the ‘71 Ford 9inch rear he also installed. Front tires are P23560R15’s, rears are Mickey Thompson 12x30, all mounted on American Racing 15 inch chrome Torque Thrusters.

The interior is all cloth done by Mid 50 Auto supply and it steers with a Grant wheel from NPD. While Jon’s truck gets all kinds of attention he says, even having the Dukes of Hazard gals signatures on the dash (Katherine Bach) or American Graffiti ‘s Cindy Williams something else to talk about (they were appearing at the Daytona Turkey Run-it was also picked as a Top 20 Truck). As IF this truck NEEDS anything else to talk about! If the loud rumble going down the highway doesn’t get your attention those Bitchin’ Flames certainly will. This truck was born to live again and lives it DOES! 

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