CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR OCTOBER 2014
By Doug Bithell
OWNERS: RAY & MARIAN MAHONEY
YEAR: 1956 MAKE AND MODEL: FORD F-100 PANEL
COLOR: WHITE WITH GRAPHICS
UPHOLSTERY: GREY NAUGAHYDE WITH TWEED INSERTS
ENGINE: 383 STROKER CHEVY TRANS: 350 CHEVY
REAR END: 9” FORD FRONT END: 79 VOLARE CLIP WHEELS:CRAGGER
October’s featured car is more a treat than a trick. It is the tricked out 1956 Ford Panel truck of Ray & Marian Mahoney.
The Rum Runner graphics set on the pinstriped white paint job reminds you of pirates, wild parties in the Caribbean, & of course Halloween for the month of October. Ray & Marian do party it up in the panel truck with lots of room in the back for chairs, E-Z-UPS, tables, & of course rum. The nicely finished interior includes beautiful bucket seats of Naugahyde with tweed inserts. The rear interior repeats the theme with pirate logos for both. Under the hood the 383 Stroker engine with the 4 barrel Holly carburetor moves the panel truck on down the road.
In 1999 Ray was looking for a project when he found the truck in Moreno Valley, he bought it & he was off to fixing it up. While tearing out the old wood paneling that lined the trucks walls he discovered a bumper sticker, it read “Bush Gardens”. Well remembering the good times at the old Bush Gardens he left it there in hopes someday someone else will have the pleasure of finding that same sticker.
Ray has been to dozens of local shows, Cal-rod functions, Orange County, Long Beach, & Dana Point & he loves to cruise in it especially to the Cal-Rod meetings. “Keep on Trucking Ray”.