Two Classic Fords Build One Strong Father and Son Bond

February 24th, 2011

Text and Photos by Travis Noack

Roger Hogan 1955 Ford F-100 Farmington, MO -- Lance & Kim Hogan 1955 Ford F-100 Charleston, IL

Family is the one constant in your life that you can always count on. If you are blessed enough to have a good one, then chances are they will always be around to back you up in good times and in bad. Roger Hogan of Farmington, Missouri, and his loving wife Carolyn have spent the past several years working and raising a family, and now their once youngsters are raising families of their own—funny how that happens. As a pastor, Roger spends a lot of his time spreading the word of the Lord, and with a dynamite family in his corner, enjoys some great company to share his interests with. One of those interests is classic pickups, and Roger has poured the last nine years and several greenbacks into the red and black two–tone ’55 F-100 radiating off these pages. In fact when we met Roger and his family at the 2010 F-100 Super Nationals in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, his kids commented several times about when packages of chrome-plated parts and truck gear arrived at the front door. In fact, when the truck was purchased for a mere $500 more than 10 years ago, his son Lance was so intrigued with the idea of a classic truck project that he jumped in with his dad and the two built it together.  When Lance was ready for an F-100 of his own, well, he followed in hid dad’s footsteps with another ’55, and dad helped swing some wrenches. Now that’s good old-fashioned family street truckin’ at its finest.

Let’s start this journey with dad’s truck. Roger started with a well-worn ’55 slant cab F-100 and stripped it down to bare bones. The stock skeleton was boxed, notched and filled by Mike Gamble Street Rods of Arnold, Missouri, while a narrowed Ford 9-inch with 31-spine axles, 3.73:1 gears and Wilwood show stoppers landed under the tail end. A Heidt’s 4-link system was used to center and plant the axle, and Heidt’s coil-overs set the rear at the perfect rake. The front was dumped with a Heidt’s Super Ride II IFS system with polished billet coil-overs and Heidt’s dropped spindles mated to Wilwood binders for smooth and safe stopping. The chassis was finished and painted by Jim Barton and Tim Patton with a completely chromed rearend housing with chrome springs and polished upper and lower control arms for deep detail. A Heidt’s power rack-and-pinion unit polished by Street & Performance makes for some modern and detailed steering convenience. Bolted at each corner are Billet Specialties Vintec wheels measuring 18 x 8-inch up front and 20 x 10-inch in the rear, shoehorned onto P245/40ZR18 BFG G-Force T/As up front and P285/35ZR20 G Force T/As in the rear. To fuel this rolling chrome shop, a molded polyethylene fuel tank from TANKS was used to send octane cocktails to the modern V-8.

As a bit of a horsepower junkie and a Ford guy at heart, Roger wanted some power under his size 12s, so a 4.6L 32-valve dual overhead cam Lincoln mill were obtained and dropped between the detailed rails. A Griffin polished radiator, polished aluminum valve covers, a polished intake and a custom-made air induction system from Arizona Street Rods dresses the doghouse to perfection. Borla polished stainless mufflers and Ford Motorsport headers with 2.5-inch polished tubes vocalize the growl of the nasty 4.6. A Ford AODE polished by Street & Performance and hooked to a polished driveline by Denny’s Driveshafts gets gear commands to the rear BFGs.

For the body Roger wasn’t going to be satisfied with just a fresh coat of paint. To hang with the big boys, this Effie’s metal was going to need a trim and a shave and a rub from roof to rocker and fender to fender. John’s Auto Body and Paint Inc. in Imperial, Missouri, mounted up a custom front bumper and grille from Trique Manufacturing for a ‘50s custom feel, and molded in a custom Mid-Fifty’s roll pan out back welded up to a Dennis Carpenter bed. The stock door handles were left intact to maintain some classic chrome, and the factory gas filler was shaved to clean up the B-pillar region of the cab. The hood was tilted for ease of operation with a Mid-Fifty’s F-100 parts kit, and the bed was hinged and lifted on a linear actuator to get a clear shot at the exceptionally detailed chassis. The mile deep black DuPont and red two-tone paint was artfully sprayed by John Riehn of John’s Auto Body, and the opposing hues were broken up by silver and gold graphics and striping right at the beltline. The wiring, engine installation and numerous mods were performed by Mike Gambles Street Rods in Arnold, Missouri, to piece the truck together after the paint and polishing.

Diving into the interior, Roger was going for pure street rod class. Mike Roth of Mike Roth Upholstery in Perryville, Missouri, custom made the curvy bench seat, door panels and headliner, and covered the handmade panels and bench in ultra red leather with black trim. Auto Meter white instruments tell the performance story, while a billet aluminum dash panel from Mid-Fifty’s surrounds the gauges, and custom-polished aluminum dash trim from Dave Kilwin borders the dash. A custom steering column by CJ’s Rods and Machines is topped by a leather-wrapped Billet Specialties Vintec billet steering wheel. The headliner and floor panel are covered in red ultra leather. A Vintage A/C system keeps in-cab temps in check, while a Kenwood CD player installed by DJ’s Stereo in Perryville, Missouri, spreads a little vintage rock gospel throughout the cab.

It’s often said like father, like son, and for this father and son team of classic Ford fans it could not be any truer. Lance saw the enjoyment his dad got from his ’55 and wanted the same, so in January of 1999, Lance found a ’55 slant cab and started his own journey with Roger by his side in the garage. Lance wanted more of a driver with his F-100, so he went for a period-correct ‘60s look with classic torque thrusts and wide whites. Mike Gamble Street Rods installed a Heidt’s IFS up front with Mustang dropped springs and CPP disc brakes. A rebuilt 9-inch out back with de-arched leafs is filled with a 3.25 gear spinning the rear BF Goodrich Silvertown rubber. A Mustang II rack-and-pinion hooks to a Flaming River 32-inch column. American Racing Torque Thrust originals in 15-inch sizing mounted on Coker P215/65R15 front and BFG Silvertown P235/70R15 rear rubber make up the rolling retro big and little combo spinning in the fenders. The frame and suspension were powder coated by R&B Powder Coating in Charleston, Illinois, prior to reassembly.

For power Lance wanted a pavement stomper, so a ’67 390-ci Ford mill was located and machined by Right Foot Machine Shop in Parkersburg, Illinois. Mike Hall and Lance assembled the mill together. The .030 bored walls hold TRW flat top slugs, and a COMP Cams bump stick provides the requisite rumble through Sanderson headers and Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers. A Davis Unified Ignition distributor gets the performance party started, while an Edelbrock Performer rpm manifold and Edelbrock 600-cfm carburetor sends performance ammo down the chambers. Edelbrock Performer rpm heads let the mill breathe, while a COMP Cams valve train ensures smooth mechanical operation. Edelbrock finned vintage valve covers provide that splash of old school for the 400-horse pavement shaker. A C-6 transmission with a TCI street fighter converter delivers power to the ground for both street and highway cruising.

The custom grille and bumper were made by Terry Altman’s Trique MFG. out of Russellville, AR. It’s different and lends a true ‘50s touch.

The body of Lance’s truck was left fairly conservative to match the subtle hot rod flavor of the rest of the build. A Dennis Carpenter bed replaces the banged up and rusted original, and one-piece glass fills the cab. A custom gas filler was made to delete the unsightly original mounted to the side of the cab. Once the metal was arrow straight, John’s Auto Body & Paint sprayed the truck in PPG Black for a sinister finish.

The truck was finished with gray tweed interior done by Lance, complete with Auto Meter gauges and a Grant steering wheel atop the Flaming River column. Juice from an EZ Wiring harness feeds all of the truck’s electrical demands as well as sends some power to the Eclipse stereo.

Lance had a lot of help from his father along the way, and Mike Hall and Rick Gresens as well as some good help from neighbors Rick and Kevin Madlen.

Roger and Lance show their pair of hot rod Effie haulers all over and get quite a bit of attention because the trucks bridge the gaps between subtle driver and radical show truck. Family and custom trucks—pretty tough to beat!

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One Response to “Two Classic Fords Build One Strong Father and Son Bond”

  1. quickshift (http://www NULL.motortopia says:

    well Roger built a nice truck, its to bad that he didn’t pay tribute to the truck that he copyed. Look back at the winner of 2003 pigen forge and you will see the blue 56 called the Californian, I don’t have a problem with copying somebody elses work, but if your going to do that you should at least pay them some respect. I know that I’m not going to make any friends with this post, but if you compare the two you will see what I mean. Just one builders opinion.

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