Looking for a good place to stash a few extra bucks is tough nowadays. Saving money for that proverbial rainy day is something that everyone should make a top financial priority, but very few people are as enthusiastic about stacking chips than Pablo Tovar. The Orange Cove, California, resident devised a great solution to the humdrum, boring routine of making retirement fund contributions. Instead of filling out bank deposit slips, Pablo made out check after check while investing some funds and quality time into his fabulous '56 Ford F-100. Who says saving for your post-employment years can't be a blast?

Looking for a good place to stash a few extra bucks is tough nowadays. Saving money for that proverbial rainy day is something that everyone should make a top financial priority, but very few people are as enthusiastic about stacking chips than Pablo Tovar. The Orange Cove, California, resident devised a great solution to the humdrum, boring routine of making retirement fund contributions. Instead of filling out bank deposit slips, Pablo made out check after check while investing some funds and quality time into his fabulous '56 Ford F-100. Who says saving for your post-employment years can't be a blast?

With a few custom classic builds already on his portfolio, Pablo knew exactly what to expect from his first Ford custom. Building a one-off, trophy-pulling truck isn't done on the cheap by any stretch of the imagination, so Pablo began calculating his estimated investment piece by piece.

Getting the truck to stand at a respectable cruising height didn't need to break the bank. In fact, Pablo submerged the suspension height by two inches using tried and true static drop components. Industrial Chassis in Phoenix, Arizona, was given the pleasure of lowering the Ford using basic materials such as Dodge Dakota spindles and TRW coils up front and new leaf springs under the bed. Pablo selected a set of classic, five-spoke 20x81/2-inch Boyd Coddington Magneto wheels and Toyo tires to stuff underneath the truck's curvy fenders, which make for a rich combination.

Now, at first glance, Pablo's hauler is 100-percent Blue Oval but with one look under the hood, one would find that assumption to be quite the opposite. A '69 Camaro 350ci small-block serves as this four-wheeled moneymaker's beating heart. Pablo's previous custom builds included the likes of a '52 Chevy truck and a '67 El Camino-guess we failed to disclose the details. You can take a man out of a Chevy but there is no taking the Chevy out of him.

With any custom truck build, the paint scheme usually tends to separate those that are forever remembered and instantly forgotten. Pablo understands this sentiment quite well and nothing but the best would do. Enter Rafael Felix from Custom Interiors and Paints of Dinuba, California. Felix sprayed an absolutely stunning coat of House of Kolor Burgundy Kandy on top of the F-100's pure steel body. Wraparound pinstriping, realistic chrome visual effects, and handmade wood grain inserts secure this Ford's claim to its winning originality. If Pablo ever decides to cash in on his investment into the truck, he may be generous enough to include the 16 trophies and 17 plaques that the truck has earned-earnings that are no doubt a direct result of the Ford's profitable pigmentation.

Since the truck was being well taken care of at Custom Interiors and Paint, it made perfect sense to let the fellas give the interior the same treatment that the exterior received. The dash was smoothed in order to be painted to mirror the outer skin and two-tone beige cloth was used to wrap the two front bucket seats that used to reside as the 2nd row seating from a '98 Suburban. Dolphin instruments monitor the vitals and a Vintage Air A/C setup keep things chilled inside the F-100's already cool cab. A Sound Storm audio setup, which includes a head unit, subwoofer enclosure loaded with a DHD power cruiser sub, and high and mid range speakers in the center console and door panels, provides ample audio amplification.

Once every aspect of the truck was customized one way or another, Pablo chalked his rolling retirement fund up to a financial and personal success. The three and a half years that were spent piecing the F-100 together were wisely spent and not squandered. Pablo worked very closely with his friends, sons, brother, and loving wife-a genuinely priceless experience. Sounds to us like Pablo has already reaped the rewards of completing his latest custom ride.

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