The average custom truck lover picks their favorite make and sticks with it. That's just the way it is. Not many people cross the aisle. That wasn't the case for Dave and Sandy Forman of Everett, Washington. The couple has built both a Bow Tie and Blue Oval that any gearhead would love to call their own.
With two formidable boulevard cruisers in their stable, the only downfall to their scenario is having to choose one to fire up and drive off. Bow Tie or Blue Oval? Flip a coin.
The Blue Oval
Taking a look at the exterior of this '56 Ford F-100 leaves little indication as to what hides under the sheet metal. The truly savvy F100 aficionado might notice that the fenders have been reworked a bit, and that overall the truck is much smoother than any F100 that ever left Dearborn, but they'd never guess how much this truck departs from the norm.
Extreme Metal & Paint is responsible for the rich PPG silver, a factory Porsche color, that covers the body. Steve Dungan sprayed the paint over every inch of the truck that he smoothed along with Dale VanGemert. The two conspired to remove any distractions from the Ford's exterior, so the corners of the door openings were rounded off, all body seams were welded up, and the running boards were molded and welded to the body and fenders. Anything that didn't add to the truck's appeal was tossed aside or welded over. The stake pockets were filled, the tailgate was shaved and roll pans were grafted on front and rear. The protruding factory door handles were replaced with nearly-flush pieces from a '69 Pontiac Grand Prix. For convenience sake, electric mirrors and a tilt hood were added.
Underneath the tilt hood lies a twin-supercharged DOHC 5.0L V-8 taken from a '94 Lincoln Mark VIII. The Livernois Motorsports-built engine uses an MSD ignition and Edelbrock exhaust and is fed 14 pounds of boost through the dual Procharger P-1SC centrifugal superchargers. The tremendous power is sent through a Lincoln 4-speed automatic transmission to a Lincoln 8.8-inch IRS.
Inside the cab you'll find more extraordinary customization. The door panels, center console and dash from a '94 Lincoln Mark VIII were transplanted into the F100's cab. The wraparound dash looks like it belongs there, and the seats, lifted from a Ford Explorer, feature perfectly matching suede from Trimcraft Upholstery in Snohomish, Washington. An 8-CD changer from Eclipse provides all the tunes necessary for long trips, and yes, this beast gets driven. Believe it or not, it's been eight years since the truck was built and it sees the road frequently.
The most interesting aspect of the Ford is that the Lincoln Mark VIII theme carries on much deeper than just the engine and the fantastically converted interior. You've probably noticed that many parts used in this truck were pulled from a '94 Lincoln Mark VIII. The fact is that the truck is more like a Lincoln in F100 clothing. The reason all of the seams were welded and the running boards were integrated into the body is that there's no frame underneath. The unitized body and suspension of the Mark VIII was joined with the Ford body. All of the suspension, steering, and brakes were used form the donor.