1962 Ford F-100: Lean, Mean, Muscle Machine
Unibody F-100 drives as good as it looks thanks to a built and bored out Windsor.
Purpose built show trucks are often just that. Sure, they’ll undoubtedly pack V8 power, that much is certain. But is the chassis capable of putting that power to the ground? We like to stare at artful show queens just as much as anybody else, sure. But if you can’t drive them on an actual road, or if they aren’t sorted and balanced mechanically, what’s the point? That’s why we gravitate toward builds like this beautiful 1962 Ford F-100.
We spotted the unibody pickup over at The Classic Car Network, where its killer stance and stunning paint caught our eye. Sporting a unique hue of Jaguar “Amaranth” and a claimed $36,000 parts bill, we don’t doubt that the truck has won some awards. But beneath that smooth exterior lie some pretty impressive underpinnings as well.
The heart of this show worthy Ford F-100 is its 351 Windsor heart, punched out to a healthy 392 cubic inches. With GT40 heads, a Victor Jr. intake manifold, and 750cfm Street Demon carb, it undoubtedly makes the old truck scoot. Shifts are handled by a C6 automatic transmission. And there’s a 3.89 geared limited slip rear guaranteed to put the power to the ground.
The chassis setup is equally nice, with air shocks and 18″ tubs out back. That makes room for massive Mickey Thompson tires, which are wrapped around classic American Racing wheels. We appreciate the fact that the current owner chose to forgo giant, modern wheels. Instead, he gave this old Ford F-100 a look sure to stand the test of time. And if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that vintage Ford trucks with good looks and quality mechanicals will never go out of style!