"High Roller" 1956 Ford 2 dr. Ranch Wagon
I built this Street Machine in the late '70s/finished in '80, and first shown at area and I.S.C.A. Shows in the early '80s. Car was found behind a corn crib and full of 'critters' where it had been sitting for 10 years (since 1976) when the project started. Rebuilt with Parklane trim, bullnosed hood, filled seams, and painted '72 Thunderbird Medium Moondust Blue Metallic and '72 Lincoln Light Blue tutone. Power comes from a '68 Ford 302 with rumpy Comp Cams cam, dual point distributor, Accel Super Coil, Cyclone Headers w/Hush Thrush mufflers, and Weiand Tunnel Ram intake and twin 600 c.f.m. Holley carbs and Holley red electric fuel pump. This is backed by a Ford Top-Loader 4-speed w/Competition Plus shifter and '59 Ford nine-inch rear w/3.50 gears. Disc brakes from a '69 LTD were used up front. Crager S/S wheels were added in various sizes...from "high to low". Originally had a straight kit for it, but went a different direction!! Inside is a pair of '75 Olds' swivel buckets, a '64 Galaxie 4-speed console and original fold-down rear seat. Eveerything inside is covered in Bimimi Blue Naugahyde and Blue Crushed Velvet...hey, it was built back then LOL!! A Sun tach and oil, water, and volt gauges were added to the dash, along with an AM/FM 8-Track Cobra stereo with Triaxial speakers front to back. Mild pinstriping in tutone blues and the Riverboat Gambler cartoon graphic on the tailgate were all painted by the late artist "Carob" (Bob Butterly). Body and paint work were done by good friend Jim Beck and interior was done by me, my girlfriend at the time (now wife), and Tri-B Trim Shop. This car has been featured in various magazines over the years, including Rod & Custom in more than one issue.
Mario on Feb 20, 2021 said:
Beautiful 56 Ford Ranch Wagon. So much care and work into making this a real show car. Love the color blue with white, awesome engine and interior. Hope you still have this beauty. Regards, Mario[Reply to this comment]