FTE Forum Member’s ’78 F-150 Passion Project Pays Off
What’s the longest you’ve chased down a build project, hoping to make it yours? This guy might have you beat.
There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes the classic car or truck of your dreams is right in front of you, but the owner isn’t ready to sell. It can take months, years, or even decades before they decide to part with the object of your desire, and it’s a great feeling when they finally do.
That’s what happened to forum member skyhawc, who’s had his eye on a ’78 F-150 4×4 that was owned by his best friend’s family for a quarter of a century. When his friend finally relented, he knew it was going to a good home.
The truck in question is a short bed 4×4 with a 351, which skyhawc plans to swap for a rebuilt 460. It sat for quite a few years, and apparently has some of the rust common to these trucks, but it has a clean interior. After a quick wash, it was clear that this was an overall nice truck that just needed some freshening up.
Starting out with a brake job and bearing replacement that quickly turned into a complete rear end swap, the truck started improving almost immediately. Some small trim items saw attention while the 460 was torn apart and assessed.
New wheels and tires were fitted, as well as a substantial lift kit. Currently, the body rust is being assessed and taken care of, while the engine internals are off at the machine shop.
This is one of our favorite stages of the build process. You’ve got some good momentum built up, and everything feels like it’s starting to come together. It won’t be long before skyhawc can step back and admire his handiwork with a smile on his face.