Stunning professional build. 1150 horsepower 545 cubic inch Ford V8, air suspension, custom graphics, suicide doors, gorgeous interior. Over-the-top in every way!
Starting with a rather clean 1967 Ford F-100 is an interesting choice, but when was the last time you saw one with the Pro-Street treatment? The clean lines are handsome and lend themselves well to the raked stance, so Wes knew he had a winner when he started. The very first thing he did was take it out in the parking lot and shoot it—literally! Those bullet holes you see along the driver’s side aren’t decals, they aren’t airbrush magic, they’re real bullet holes. The list of body mods is extensive, with the obvious stuff like suicide doors, a complete de-badging, a smoothed tailgate with hidden latches, the door handles were shaved, and the front bumper was replaced with an updated piece with built-in fog lamps and a second grille opening. The paint is Tru-Blue Kandy from Dupont Hot Hues, and it’s almost impossible to resist touching it as you walk by, just in case it might still be wet. The arrow-straight bodywork wears it well, showing incredible gloss and depth that only comes from hours of tedious sanding and buffing, and yes, it does show a few signs of use, but it can still win shows at anything but the highest levels. Hand-painted pinstripes highlight other areas of the body, enough to give it an old-school vibe but not over-done, and it’s the kind of thing that has been hidden, so you’ll find neat flourishes in the most unexpected places.
Obviously with those wide-by-huge slicks, you’re done using this as a pickup, so the bed was completely upholstered in Viper Red ultra-leather, and before you argue—are you really planning on driving this thing in the rain? More beautiful welds (well, you can’t see them, they’ve been ground smooth) and a pair of NX nitrous oxide bottles offer lots of eye candy up top, and the two containers down low are reservoirs for the air suspension. The condition of the ultra-leather is excellent, with only one or two very minor blemishes that probably can’t be seen. Oh, and there is a master cut-off switch and charging pins on the rear roll pan, so this sucker is ready to go any time.
The interior is just beautifully done, featuring custom bucket seats and a center console fabricated by Wes to fit in this truck. The seats were wrapped in more Viper Red ultra-leather and suede, and they're all-day comfortable. But it's not all savagery, because there's plenty of sound-deadening material under the custom red carpets and a tilt wheel with a beautifully outfitted billet steering wheel makes it easy to get comfortable. Auto Meter dials monitor all the vitals, including a few extra items like fuel pressure, transmission temperature, and nitrous pressure (note that the nitrous system is currently disconnected—do you really think you need it?). The center console houses the switches for the Air Ride system as well as controls for fuel pump, ignition, starter, and yes, even the power windows.
Built by Chuck Cice of C.C. Performance, that mountain of an engine based around a Ford Racing block and measuring in at a whopping 545 cubic inches! The bores are siamesed for strength and weight, and it was stuffed with an Eagle crank and I-beam rods along with a set of forged pistons. Up top, there are aluminum Blue Thunder heads supported by a full roller valvetrain from Crane, including stud girdles for the rocker arms. The most notable upgrade might be that gigantic Littlefield 8-71 supercharger fed by a pair of 950 Holley double-pumpers, pushing enough boost into the gigantic big block to grunt out nearly 1300 dyno-proven horsepower. There might be another 200 horsepower in there without the nitrous, but it runs a pretty conservative tune so that it can be driven on the street using 110-octane race fuel. Of course, everything was polished for show, chrome plated, or painted to match the bodywork, so you'd be forgiven for thinking this is merely a trailer queen. I assure you, it is not. It starts, runs, and drives, although the straight pipes (which do spit fire and brimstone) are a bit much—if you're going to street-drive it, some baffles or a custom system with mufflers would be recommended.
A C6 3-speed automatic built by Cyclone Transmission tries to channel that power, assisted by a 3500 stall TCI torque converter and a reverse manual valve body, which actually makes it a lot of fun to drive. A custom driveshaft with oversized U-joints feeds a custom-built Strange 9-inch rear end with 4.11 gears and a set of unbreakable 35-spline axles. The rear suspension is traditional 4-link supported by airbags instead of coil-overs, and that allows you to fine-tune the ride height on the roll thanks to a customized air suspension gauge panel in the center console. Everything underneath was painted or powdercoated silver or blue, and there's a giant disc brake at all four corners complements of SSBC. Mickey Thompson supplied both the gorgeous aluminum wheels and the 26x8.00-18 front and 31x18.00-18 rear tires. Yes, 18s. How cool is that?!?
Built for the Mickey Thompson display at SEMA 2007, this incredible truck offers the best of everything and has a build cost somewhere north of $150,000. Yes, we know it's not for everyone, but if you want to stop traffic at virtually any show you attend or if you'd like to go racing (the truck will likely run 8s in the quarter mile as it sits, and perhaps 7s with some tweaking), this truck totally nails it. We didn't expect to love this truck as much as we do, but the over-the-top quality and insane vision that it took to create it make it one of the most remarkable machines we've ever featured.
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