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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1956 Ford Courier 5.0 Liter HO V8 Sedan Delivery - Classic Truck For Sale (Click Here)


Sedan delivery—is there a cooler body style? Room for three up front and a rhino in the back these workhorses combined carlike manners with the utility of a box truck. Not to mention they look awesome whether lettered up with company graphics or as the blank canvas for any paint scheme you can come up with. While the orange and cream paint certainly looks straight out of the 50’s, the modern 5 liter Mustang drive-train underneath says this ’56 Courier is ready for anything, anytime!

Check out the lines on this guy—the stainless puts this Courier in fashionable Parklane trim, with its “check mark” side spears and big chrome front end. The paint was sprayed a few years back and retains its original shine. The trim you see here is all original, and if you’ve thought about restoring you own you know what a challenge it is to find it! There’s a cool sun-visor shade over the front windshield, dual period-type mirrors on the doors and a cool cruiser attitude all over. Bedford bias ply G78x14 whitewalls look great, especially wrapped around the original trim rings and center caps on the ’56 wheels!

The Ford Courier was built from 1952 to 1958 and designated body code 78A. It was based on the contemporary sedan and station wagon designs, right down to your choice of trim levels. During the 1957 and 1958 model year, a windowed variant of the Courier was also available, marketed for fleet orders with a number produced primarily for government services such as the U.S. Forest Service and Post Office. While from the outside these models looked like the series 59 Tudor ranch wagon, they retained their model code 78A. From 1952 to 1956 access to the rear storage area was through a unique door hinged on the side for unimpeded access to the cargo area. Tough and useful most Couriers were used up and scrapped—they’re a rare sight today!

Under the hood you’ll find an awesome upgrade—an ’87 vintage 5.0 Liter HO engine, pulled straight out of a Mustang GT. Complete from fuel injection to oil pan and from the accessories on the front to the tail shaft of the AOD automatic overdrive transmission is in place, as is the wiring. While there’s nothing wrong with aftermarket wiring, nobody beats the factory for long life and toughness. The re-cored, original style radiator up front is kept company by a new, high efficiency A/C evaporator and an electric fan assembly. There’s a high flow air filter on the intake and the original shorty headers leading down to the dual exhaust system below. With a factory rating of 225hp the Stang’s powerplant has no issues moving the big car along smartly!

Underneath you’ll find the original heavy duty suspension components, freshened and ready for a road trip. Couriers got six leafs per side out back compared to four in the regular station wagons to help out load capacity and give a firmer ride. Power front disc brakes replace the antiquated drums while power steering gives your arms a break. There’s a thick layer of undercoating here to protect the chassis from harm and you from road noise. It’s solid and it’s ready for a trip—are you?

Inside you’ll find comfort and room in spades. New orange and cream upholstery on the seats is as comfortable as it is fun. The gauges are the originals, set up to run with the modern electronics behind. There’s a cassette radio from Custom Autosound in the dash along with the controls for the Vintage Air climate control system. The original “banjo” wheel is on the stock column, painted to match the rest of the interior and the dash. Power windows with tinted glass fit above the custom door panels which match the cargo area trim. White windlace, orange carpeting with orange and cream floor mats, the orange headliner…the theme here is “unified!” You’ll be comfortable and you’ve got tons of room—what’s not to like?

Advertises as “the fine car at half the fine car price,” 56 Fords were attractive from base Mainline Fordor sedans through the luxurious Crown Victoria. With its big-time utility, cool form and neat resto-mod tricks this Courier is one heck of a good looking cruiser!

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