RIDES: What Looks Like a ’56 Ford Truck, but Has the Engine of a ’15 Mustang?

Aug 12, 2015

The craftsmen at Los Angeles-based Bodie Stroud Industries (BSI) have come up with a brand new line of hand-built, turn-key pickups with the looks and sheet metal of an American icon, subtly massaged and fitted to a modern chassis and powered by the latest engine, transmission and electronics from Detroit. The result, according to the company, is the world’s first all-new, turn-key 1956 pickup: the BSI X-100.

“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 of all time,” said Bodie Stroud, founder of BSI. “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.”

BSI craftsmen begin each build with a rust-free F-100 body, which is then customized by chopping the hood and extending the body meet the running boards. A larger rear window vastly improves sight lines and further distinguishes the X-100 from a standard truck. Other exterior cues include rounded-off door corners and a one-piece tubbed bed with a hidden gas filler neck. The rollpan cleanly houses 1948 Chevy taillights, and after all the custom work the entire vehicle is massaged using time-honored sheet metal methods to make it perfectly straight and smooth, before flawless paint is laid down in the BSI booth.

The 1956 X-100 cab sits atop a custom BSI chassis that features a high-strength boxed frame, tied to a custom center section with an integrated driveshaft hoop. The front suspension is fully independent and uses BSI-designed control arms with patented EZ-Aline adjusters. This configuration allows control-arm length to be adjusted to easily set caster and camber. This unique setup not only improves vehicle handling and driver control, but also accommodates large modern wheel and tire sizes, according to BSI.

The rear suspension uses a BSI-designed four-link setup with a Currie Enterprises 9-inch axle. Vehicle dynamics controlled by adjustable coilover shocks; a programmable airbag system is an available upgrade for owners who want to adjust ride height on the fly. Attention to detail includes cleanly routing plumbing, wiring, and an all-stainless BSI by MagnaFlow exhaust system through the frame rails.

To power the X-100, customers can choose from either a naturally aspirated 5.0L DOHC Ford Racing Coyote crate engine, which produces 412 horsepower, or they can opt for a 630 horsepower supercharged Ford Racing Aluminator 5.0L Coyote.

The F-100’s powerplant is mated to a smooth and durable Ford 4R70W automatic overdrive transmission. Steering is modernized with power rack-and-pinion tied to an adjustable Flaming River column and a Flaming River steering wheel. Modern high-performance rubber is mounted to a set of custom-cut billet wheels measuring 19×8.5 front and 20×15 rear. Stopping power comes from 13-inch rotors clamped by six-piston calipers on all four corners.

The X-100 interior is a fusion of classic style and modern convenience. The dash retains a factory look, but is custom-fabricated by BSI to accept Ford King Ranch gauges. Rather than traditional bench seating, the truck has modern fully adjustable high-back buckets for driver and passenger and is divided by a custom center console featuring a modern F-150 shifter. Vintage air climate control keeps the cabin a comfortable temperature.

If the vehicle ever needs service, the stock modern Ford OBDII port is located under the dash, and the entire driveline can be serviced at any local dealer, anywhere in the world.