Say what you want about resto-modding and its effects on hot rod culture, but when it’s done to the level that Bodie Stroud Industries (BSI) has applied to its new line of classic Ford trucks, the results are impressive as hell. A recent press release issued by the company confirms that it will be taking orders on 1956 F-100s to turn into epic modern beasts, dubbed “X-100s”.
Gone are the issues that might plague a builder’s mind, from how to install power steering to what’s needed to make the vehicle street-legal and safe. BSI founder Bodie Stroud, no stranger to F-100s and their traits, took it upon himself to transform these vintage Fords with a twist that’s sure to please prospective customers.
“When most people think about classic trucks, what comes to mind is usually the 1956 F-100, it’s one of the most timeless designs…” said BSI founder Bodie Stroud. “I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if someone put that truck back into production, preserving the truck’s basic look, but with modern suspension, a brand new Ford Racing motor and transmission, and the interior and gauges from a late-model F-150. Then we decided to just go ahead and build the X-100 as a limited run production vehicle.”
Starting with a rust-free F-100 body, the process includes chopping the hood, extending the body, installing a larger rear window, smoothing out all the bumps in the sheet metal, and laying down a coat of paint that’s to die for. Meanwhile, a custom BSI chassis comes equipped with a fully boxed frame, independent front suspension, four-link rear suspension, and adjustable coilover shocks as well.
Onto the drivetrain, nothing less than the best will do: a 5.0-liter Coyote crate engine, capable of churning out 412 horsepower, comes standard (with an optional 630 horsepower supercharged Coyote available too). It’s mated to 4R70W automatic four-speed transmission, which then moves down to a stout Currie Enterprises nine-inch rearend.
Inside, passengers get plush high-back bucket seats, Vintage Air climate controls, and a custom center console to enjoy. When problems arise, the OBDII port can be used to figure out what’s going on at any service center across the country.
It’s clear that BSI is aiming to set the bar on what resto-modding can do for classic trucks. Feel free to check out more on these and other accomplishments by checking out BSI’s website and Facebook page.