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Tom Pagano of Pagano Rods & Customs / Rancho Cordova, California

'56 Ford F-100

'99 Cobra 4.6L V-8 engine, bored 0.020 over / rebuilt with Manley Performance Products forged pistons and H-beam rods / Sullivan Performance valve covers, intake manifold, coil pack, Hal-tek computer, fuel rails, and injectors / Aeromotive fuel pump, regulator, and filter / 12-psi ProCharger D-1 supercharger with twin intercoolers and custom-made piping / Cool Craft radiator with electric fan / Optima YellowTop battery / Sanderson headers / MagnaFlow 4-inch stainless mufflers / rebuilt C4 transmission / custom-made 2,000-stall torque converter / TCI billet bellhousing / Gear Vendors Overdrive / 9-inch Ford rearend, narrowed 4 inches
By: Tom & T.J. Pagano

Front: 18x8-inch Raceline GT wheels, with 4-inch backspacing and coated in Permastar black chrome
Rear: 20x10-inch Raceline GT wheels, with 4-3/4-inch backspacing and coated in Permastar black chrome

Front: 225/40R18 Toyo Proxes
Rear: 275/40R20 Toyo Proxes

Front: Fat Man Fabrication Mustang II IFS with coil springs and polished stainless steel control arms / SSBC 13-inch brake kit
Rear: Fat Man Fabrication stainless four-link with Panhard bar and coilovers / SSBC 11-inch brake kit
Accessories: JAZ plastic fuel tank / Mooneyes aluminum fuel cell / SSBC billet brake master cylinder
Chassis: Custom-made frame from 2x4-inch steel tubing that's 9-1/2 inches shorter, and front clip is Z'd 4 inches / Wizard Fabrications Steer Clear
By: Tom & T.J. Pagano

Body Mods:
4-inch choptop with louvers in the cab / 9-1/2-inch sectioned cab and doors / door handles shaved / original hood pancaked with custom mechanisms to tilt forward / pulled in front fenders / front grille recessed 2 inches / molded in and louvered original front pan with frenched license plate / frenched antenna / bed channeled 6 inches and shortened to fit around rear fenders / custom sheetmetal bed floor / molded custom tailgate / custom louvered roll pan with frenched license plate / custom exhaust exits on side steps / custom styling for front pan, roll pan, and bed made from 5/8-inch solid aluminum stock then chromed / custom Plexiglas taillights with LEDs
By: Jim Fortune, Tom & T.J. Pagano

Custom Paint:
Sherwin-Williams Planet Color Smoked Graphite and Flame Red
By: Tom Pagano / pinstriping by T.J. Pagano

'88 Chevy truck buckets covered in vinyl with pleats / door panels covered in vinyl with pleats / black German wool carpet / custom-made center console to house engine computer and Gear Vendors Overdrive / Stewart-Warner gauges with chameleonillumination effects
By: Tom & T.J. Pagano / Howdy Leadbetter of Fremont, California

Kenwood KDC1132 head unit / MB Quart 6-inch coaxial speakers / Rockford Fosgate Punch 40i amp for speakers
By: Tom & T.J. Pagano


Special Thanks:
His son T.J. Pagano for everything / Craig Coston for the bodywork / Scott Sullivan for help on the engine / Josh Cole and Jeff Young for helping during SEMA deadline / ProCharger / Gear Vendors / Sanderson Headers / MagnaFlow / Raceline Wheels / Toyo Tires / Cool Craft / Hose Techniques / SSBC / Sherwin-Williams / Stewart-Warner / Wizard Fabrication Steer Clear / Steer Clear / Aeromotive / Sacramento Vintage Ford

Back In The Day
Tom did not B.S. us around when he said this truck has been around. He sent us a few photos to prove that the truck was truly done nearly three decades ago. We also have a boatload of killer build-up photos from the SEMA scramble that are on our website