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Take a close look at this 1966 Ford F250. This southern truck has been through a comprehensive frame-off restoration. Of course that involved extensive exterior, interior, and mechanical work. But it also included a number of upgrades such as a Crown Victoria cradle swap, Gear Vendors overdrive, and a monster 545ci engine. It all comes together in a fabulous looking truck that has stump-pulling torque yet rides as comfortably as a new car.
This is definitely not your average old pickup. To begin, this project started with an Arizona truck that was clean and dry throughout. It still retains all its original sheetmetal. After being stripped down and prepped, the body was professionally painted a brilliant silver from tip to tail. It was given the roll pan treatment in back along with new chrome, trim, and emblems throughout. Note the factory tool box on the right side of the bed. There are also aluminum Torque Thrust wheels that look absolutely perfect with the rest of the truck.
This Ford was originally built with a Y-code 352ci engine. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it wasn’t going to make the cut for this project. Instead a new motor was built, that being a 460 Ford that was stroked to a mammoth 545 cubic inches. It was built for the street, so while there is prodigious torque and great power, it also starts and idles just fine and runs on pump gas. It has a very healthy sound through the 3” custom exhaust, but it is also equipped with electric cutouts if that’s not enough for you. The transmission is a rebuilt Ford C6 that has been fitted with a Gear Vendors overdrive unit, making this pickup very highway friendly. The rear end is a limited slip Ford 9” with 3.50 gears.
The engine cradle has been replaced with that from a late model Crown Victoria along with a bit of custom work. This gives a much improved front suspension along with an upgrade to power rack and pinion steering and power disc brakes. The rear suspension has been lowered as well. When everything is combined with the 129” wheelbase you end up with a surprisingly comfortable ride. It is nothing at all like you might expect from a 1966 pickup!
The interior has been completely redone as well. The bench seat is from a late model F150 and includes a center armrest. It is a perfect fit and looks right at home, as does the custom headliner. The dash combines the original instrument cluster with a few aftermarket gauges along with controls for the overdrive, cutouts, and electric fans. The entire truck was rewired with a Painless harness for trouble-free operation. The headlights, turn signals, horn, wipers, and heater/defroster all function properly. The old 1966 factory radio is still present though it does not work.
The collector truck market has a lot to offer, but this one still stands out. To be sure, it is a quality build with a great look and sound along with lots of nice parts. But what really stands out is how the finished product works so well. It offers a remarkable ride with much improved performance over stock along with great street manners. At least until you open those cutouts.
- Power Steering
- Tinted Glass
- Power Brakes
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