Flawless 1955 Ford F-100 Packs Big Modern Power
Antique Ford truck has a 560-horsepower modular motor topped with an 8-stack injection setup.
The Ford F-Series was named the Hottest Truck at SEMA 2018 with scores of late model F-150 and Super Duty pickups packed into the massive Las Vegas Convention Center. However, while the newer trucks are far more common, there are some classic Ford pickups that shine just as bright as the new-school pickups. Today, we bring you a look at one particular classic F-100 that is on display in the huge outdoor Roush display, combining the antique lines with modern power.
This truck was built over the course of 12 months for Roush by USA Classic Customs, so in addition to the unique upgrades under the hood, there are a handful of Roush badges added to this sweet 1955 pickup.
Flawless Antique Truck
While this 1955 Ford F-100 has huge modern wheels and a lower-than-stock stance, this truck looks a great deal like it did when it rolled off of the assembly line more than 60 years ago. It has 20-inch wheels at all four corners and it clearly has some suspension work to tuck the body down over those big rollers, but other than some custom lighting, the body of this antique F-Series is unchanged from original.
There is some unique badging on the outside, the gorgeous Ford Kodiak Brown metallic paint is perfect for this project and the bed has new wood inlay with what looks to be stainless trim. All-in-all, this 1955 Ford F-100 looks like a beautifully restored classic that has been dropped on a set of big wheels, but the real magic is under the hood.
Under the hood is a Roush 427R crate engine, a 427-cubic inch small block Ford V8 that delivers 550 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque right out of the box. This particular engine is equipped with an 8-stack downdraft electronic fuel injection manifold system, designed to look like the Hillborn-style injection that was popular with hot rodders back in the day. Running this 8-stack system rather than a standard four-barrel carburetor ups the output to 560 horsepower, while also looking a whole lot cooler than a traditional carb or injection setup.
The power from the Roush 427R is sent to the rear wheels by means of a Tremec manual transmission, while Continental Extreme Contact tires measuring 295/40/20 out back put that power to the ground.
While this might look like nothing more than a clean, dropped 1955 Ford F-100 with the hood closed, it packs enough power to hang with almost any modern performance car thanks to an engine that looks as great as it runs.