Go Full Retro With a 1963 Ford F-100 Gasser!

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Everyone familiar with the hot rod culture is familiar with gassers; the early rolling experiments with weight transfer. This beauty right here is a perfect example of that.

Originating back in the 1950’s, the top-heavy drag racers were bare-bones rides with beam axles and zero-frills. This particular setup is most often seen on 50’s Ford and Chevy passenger cars, but not so much on trucks.

Trucks, on the other hand, aren’t technically gasser material, since the entire point was to improve weight distribution during acceleration, so this isn’t exactly a surprise. Trucks don’t have much weight in the back to begin with, but they are much heavier overall than passenger cars.


Such downfalls didn’t stop folks from building trucks to race back in the day, so why not turn a classic Ford truck into a gasser?  This 1963 F-100 actually looks pretty cool with its nose in the air, patina-covered body and vintage logos.

The original and fully-stock 292 Y-block V8 is still under the hood, but a 9″ rear has been installed, along with all-new brake parts and a front disc conversion for reliability during daily use. All she needs is a little more power, unless you just want to cruise around looking cool. One thing is for sure – you won’t exactly have to worry about blending in with all the other trucks out there, and that’s a good thing!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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