Early ’80s Ford F-150 Is a Quarter Mile Monster: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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Gorgeous seventh generation Ford F-150 leaves the line with the wheels up, stopping the clock with a 10.79.

This week’s Truckin Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the uRaceFilm.com YouTube channel and it features a Ford F-150 from the early 1980s racing at New England Dragway. This spotless F-Series pickup is taking on a Fox Body Mustang and while it may seem like a mismatch in favor of the pony car at first, the roar of the truck’s V8 while on the two-step makes it clear that this is far more than just a clean classic pickup. As it turns out, this race is a mismatch, but not in favor of the Mustang.

The Competitors

Sadly, there are no details on this truck, but we know from the exterior design that it is an F-150 from the seventh generation, which ran from 1980 through 1986. The body appears to be spotless, from the paint to the chrome, and it looks to have a stock-appearing body with the exception of the hood, the chrome wheels and the roll cage extending through the rear of the cab.

1980s Ford F-150 Race Truck

There is no question that this F-150 is powered by a healthy V8, but we don’t know what type of V8, nor do we know if it is running forced induction or nitrous oxide. We do know that it is launching on a two-step, as we can hear the system engage right before the wheels-up launch.

Ford F-150 Wheels Up

As for the Mustang, we don’t know anything about it, but we know that it is nowhere near quick enough to keep up with a 10-second Ford truck.

Blasting Off

The video begins as the two Ford racers pull into the staging beams, with the engine speed of the truck soaring as the lights come down.

Ford F-150 Race Truck Side

On green, the F-150 launches hard, seemingly pulling the front wheels off of the ground as it shoots out of the hole and down the track. We don’t actually see the Mustang again until a few seconds after the truck has crossed the finish line, as this classic half-ton covers the quarter mile in just 10.79 seconds with a speed of 123 miles per hour.

Ford F-150 10.79

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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