Fit for the Kings
Writen By: Rich Boyd, for Custom Classic Trucks

   There is no more prestigious annual award for a streetable vintage Ford truck than the Truck of the Year Award presented annually at the F-100 Supernationals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
   This year's winner is a bright yellow '56 F-100 big window that's fresh from the shop of Bobco in Lake Elsinore, California, where F-100 restoration, fabrication, and chassis work is spoken fluently. The truck's owners, Kelly and Teresa King, are long-time Corvette and specialty car lovers from British Columbia, Canada. It's a long way from Lake Elsinore, but as close as a telephone call or fax for deciding on construction details. The Kings, though not royalty, have a distinguished history of involvement in motorsports, which includes the '92 Western Canada Overall Championship in Canadian Rally and Slalom Racing.
   Their '56 Ford pickup was purchased several years ago in cherry Valley, California. The original concept was to build a clean daily driver, but as Kelly's wish list grew, the truck took on a more competitive character. The Kings' Bobco yellow pickup is as well detailed as any award-winning street rod or custom truck, with plenty of polished stainless steel, chrome plating and custom polished aluminum parts throughout, not to mention the many custom touches to enjoy. But the real enjoyment for Kelly and Teresa will be adding miles to the odometer of the top truck of the '01 Supernationals.

Drivetrain: A well detailed, fuel injected '98 Chevy LS1 with custom valve covers and a custom engine cover is hooked to a polished aluminum 700-R4 trans. All fuel lines are stainless steel. The rearend is a Currie Enterprises 9-inch with 4.11:1 gears. Custom headers deliver exhaust gasses through stainless steel tubes and Flowmaster mufflers. Inland Empire Driveline Service in Corona, California, created the polished aluminum drive shaft.

Chassis: A set of 2x4-inch steel boxed rails is the basis for the new No Limit Engineering chassis with custom tubular cross members. The front suspension is composed of a TCI Mustang II IFS with chrome-plated upper and lower control arms and 2-inch dropped spindles. A four-link mount is used with coil over shocks on the Currie Enterprises rearend.

Body & Paint: The cab has been smoothed with filled cowl vents and shaved door handles. The hood has been nosed and has a custom slide/tilt hinge. Three-inch wheel tubs are located in the bed, which has chrome-plated floor runners and oak planks as well as inside latches. Every exposed fastener is a polished button-head Allen-head bolt with tapered washers and stainless steel nuts (check out the inside of the bed). Polished stainless steel bumpers are located at each end of this exceptionally well-crafted truck.

Paint: This yellow is called Bobco yellow, a PPG mix used on many F-100s built by Bobco.

Interior: Bloomington, California, interior artist Ron "The Stitcher" Mangus custom-crafted the light-tan leather and suede interior panels, and also covered a set of electronically controlled Cadillac bucket seats. The overhead console contains the stereo controls. Also check out the upholstered firewall and neat speaker mounts. A custom Budnik steering wheel is mounted on a polished aluminum ididit tilt column. The stock dash has been smoothed of all trim except A/C outlets and control panel, VDO gauges fill the custom-milled Bobco instrument panel and Vintage Air A/C cools the already cool interior.

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