Lightly Modified 5.0 F-150 Runs Mid-12s: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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Intake manifold from a Mustang GT and a good engine tune have this four-wheel-drive F-150 running muscle car numbers.

This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the MORE-VOLTAGE YouTube channel and it features a late model Ford F-150 in action at Houston Raceway Park. This half-ton pickup has a handful of simple upgrades, including some help from a newer Mustang GT, but this average-looking F-Series is far from average, covering the quarter mile as quickly as a modern, V8-powered muscle car.

The Machine

Based on the details included in the video, this Ford F-150 is owned and racer by an Instagrammer named 5.0_lewy. That account is private, so we can’t go fishing for details, but the video intro explains that this truck is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. We can also see that this is a regular cab, short bed pickup and we know that it has four-wheel-drive.

5.0 Lewy F-150

Upgrades to this pickup include the removal of the catalytic convertor, a cold air intake and, most significantly, a ported intake manifold from a 2018 Mustang GT. Of course, swapping to the Mustang manifold and removing the catalytic convertor requires a tune, which is provided by Lund Racing.

Finally, the truck is launching in four-wheel-drive and this F-150 rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in what appears to be stock Goodyear rubber.

Really, the mod list doesn’t make this F-150 seem like much of a race vehicle, but the results are far better than you might expect.

5.0 Lewy F-150

Hitting the Track

In the video above, this F-150 is taking on a Taurus SHO that is clearly more modified than the truck, as the EcoBoost-powered sedan wins the race by what appears to be a comfortable margin. However, that isn’t the point of this piece.

Even with the basic street tires, this F-150 gets away from the starting line well, scooting down the track with the roar of the Coyote V8. The F-Series slept at the line a bit, giving the Taurus a huge head start, but the pickup stays with the car, crossing the finishing line with a 12.581 at 110.81 miles per hour. That is about a half-second slower than a brand new Mustang GT, which has more power and weighs far less.

5.0 Lewy F-150

Imagine lining up with this truck at a stop light, only to have to dig hard and walk away from many stock muscle cars; that is the beauty of the sleeper truck.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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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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