Big Blue ’79 F-350 Build Adds a Touch of Modern to a Classic

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Instagrammer Billy Whitehead welcomes one and all to follow along as he builds his F-350 crew cab into a badass ride.

Car show season is in full swing, which means you’ll likely find some really cool Ford trucks parked along the street or wherever on display. Some are full restorations, others are wild customs, and all of them will have you wondering how their owners pulled it off.

One Instagrammer won’t keep you hanging, though. Billy Whitehead has a 1979 F-350 crew cab build that he calls “79SUPERDUTY,” and he’s documenting the process step-by-step on his account for all to follow along.

Billy Whitehead 1979 Ford F-350 Build

The F-350 began its journey a couple of years ago aboard a trailer. Back then, it was just the cab, the frame, the fuel tank, and a set of wheels. Whitehead had big plans for his big Ford, of course, including a 7.3-liter Powerstroke diesel with a big honking turbo to motivate the whole thing.

Billy Whitehead 1979 Ford F-350 Build

Of course, if you have a big truck with big power, you’ll need big wheels, too. Whitehead’s chosen a mean set of 22-inch wheels wrapped around 40-inch all-terrains, plus a six-inch lift to give him a commanding view of his surroundings upon a leather seat pulled from a 2014 F-150 (along with the rest of F-150’s seating and center console).

Billy Whitehead 1979 Ford F-350 Build

Other Ford trucks have found its way into the F-350 build, such as the bed and front clip from an Arizonan ’79 F-100, and the aforementioned 7.3-liter Powerstroke from a ’93 F-250. The build also has a custom dash based on the truck’s original, and a custom set of bumpers with the truck’s name cut out.

Billy Whitehead 1979 Ford F-350 Build

This build’s made some big gains since leaving its snowy confines for the garage those years ago, and we can’t wait to see Whitehead’s vision emerge into the real world. In fact, he says may soon open a YouTube channel to better cover the F-350 build due to how many requests he’s received. We can’t blame him: old Fords are just cool, after all.

Photos: Billy Whitehead

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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