Late 1970s F-100 is a Shocking Track Terror: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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Show-quality F-100 is an incredible classic sleeper that will outrun just about any car on the road or track.

This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the JMalcom2004 YouTube channel and it features a pristine Ford F-100 from the late 1970s flexing its muscles on the drag strip. We feature quite a few classic F-Series race trucks and in most cases, they have been hacked up to make for a better track vehicle, but this truck is as clean as it would have been on the day that it rolled off of the assembly line. It is show quality, but it also roars down the track as well as a built muscle car.

The Machine

Unfortunately, there are no details included on the F-Series pickup in the video above, but we know from the front end styling that it is a 1978 or 1979 F-100. There is no purging of a nitrous oxide system and there is no obvious sound that would indicate a supercharger or turbocharger, so this classic Ford seems to be naturally aspirated. If that is the case, we would guess that it is powered by a well-built big block V8, but it could just as easily be a monster small block.

White 1978/1979 Ford F-100 Passenger Corner

In any case, this old Ford sits lower than it would have when new and it has track-friendly wheels and tires, but the sheet metal appears to be stock. If not for the wheels and ride height, this would look like a brand new 1978 or 1979 F-100, but as soon as it pulls into the burnout box, it is clearly far from stock.

White Ford F-100 Race Truck Driver's Side

No-Time Action

The footage above was captured at Middle Georgia Motorsports Park and there are no times being displayed on the big boards, so we don’t get any elapsed times or trap speeds for this wicked F-100. However, between the sound of the engine and the fact that it appears to lift the front tires off of the ground on the launch, it is clear that this is a serious race truck.

F-100 Beats Mustang

This is an eighth mile pass and based on the timing between the launch and the point at which the driver lifts, only about 7 seconds of video runs. If we had to guess, this truck is running the eighth in the six-second range, which would be in the 10s in the quarter mile. Again, we don’t know that for sure, but there is no question that this gorgeous F-100 moves out in a hurry.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

"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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