Steve Stillwell Uses TCI Engineering Parts On His Wicked ’56 F100

When building his 1956 Ford F100, Steve Stillwell wanted something way different.  The original chassis had been modified and Stillwell wasn’t fond of it. Stillwell went directly to Total Cost Involved Engineering Inc. (TCI) to get exactly what he wanted.

By going through TCI, Stillwell was able to rely on countless years of experience. TCI builds their fully boxed chassis out of American steel and use an eight-inch height frame for additional strength over the original. Heavy duty tubing is used throughout and all welds are heli-arc (TIG) welded for massive strength gains.

The entire truck sits on an airbag system that anyone would drool over. A remote keyfob allows Stillwell to adjust ride height from outside of the vehicle as well as inside, even when on the fly. Though as he’s flying down the road, we’re not sure how much he’ll be adjusting the bags. The truck is loaded with a 2001 Ford Lightning supercharged engine, direct from Jack Roush of Roush Industries. The engine is running on about eight pounds of boost and puts down 420 horsepower at the rear wheels; this little truck gets up and hauls.

Stillwell mentions he burned up two new sets of tires when he first finished putting the truck together. That horsepower flows nicely through the Ford AOD trans and just keeps on shifting. Stillwell says he drives more conservatively and gets 24 miles per gallon. Not bad for a muscle truck!

For more info on Total Cost Involved Engineering and the components they have for your car or truck, head to www.totalcostinvolved.com.

About the author

Jake Headlee

Jake's passion started at a young age wrenching on cars with his Dad. Obtaining that glorious driver's license sparked his obsession with grease and horsepower, and the rest is history. Soon, he was a general mechanic and suspension specialist, and currently designs and modifies products for the off-road industry. Jake enjoys rock crawling, desert racing and trail running, and writing in his spare time.
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