For many Ford truck fans, it doesn't get much better than a '56 F-100. After a close look at Chuck Haubrick Jr.'s candy-apple red '56, it's hard to argue with the masses. Ford got so much right with the styling of the truck, builders don't have to worry about chopping, shaving, and sectioning for the perfect proportions.
Beginning with a stock '56, Chuck had the team at Pro Design Hot Rods in Santa Ana, California, strip the truck down to its frame, then they worked on improving the handling. The rear was given a C-notch to lower it 6 inches, and was fitted with a GM 12-inch rearend with disc brakes. A four-link sus-pension and coilovers keep the new 12-bolt planted on the asphalt. Up front, the solid axle was tossed for a Mustang II-style IFS, which came complete with disc brakes. Once the suspension was completed, Chuck had the frame powdercoated to make sure all of the hard work stays rust-free and looking good. Budnik Cannon wheels were chosen for the truck, an 18x8-inch set were selected for the front and 20x10-inch pieces in the back.
We like our classic-truck features to go all-out on the aesthetics of their engines, and Chuck's Ford does just that. Even though it's a Chevy small-block under the hood, Chuck was able to make it stand out by going with Street & Performance, who equipped the aluminum-head ZZ383 with Ram Jet fuel injection and their own headers. The induction is unique, as the entire manifold was polished and chrome-plated before being installed on the 383ci block. Matching valve covers, accessories, and pulleys continue the chrome look throughout the engine bay. It also provides contrast to the candy-apple paint that is just as smooth on the firewall and inner fenders as it is on the exterior. A 700-R4 transmission is bolted to the small-block, and keeps the engine humming on cruises.