Slick Ford F-100 Has the Heart of a Snake
Many 2nd gen Ford F-100 builds are cookie cutter, blasphemous creations with Chevy power. But not this silver beauty!
It’s no secret that we love the 2nd gen Ford F-100 around these parts. Those chubby fenders and dashing good looks are just too good, whether in stock or modified form. But there is big, albeit easy to fix problem with 1953-1956 Ford trucks. You see, far too many people who own them shoehorn Chevy motors under that giant hood. But that certainly isn’t the case with this nicely done 1954 Ford F-100 that we spotted at the Leake Auction site.
No, this example of Ford’s finest is 100% Ford. And we’re not just talking about some basic carbed 302, 351, or even a crate Coyote 5.0. No, this F-100 makes due with a blistering supercharged 5.4-liter mill from a Shelby GT500 Mustang. Which means that it goes (and sounds) every bit as good as it looks. Rarely do you see old trucks with power this exotic, but it sure makes this one unique.
The rest of the mechanicals are equally modern. Shifts are handled by a 6R80 6-speed overdrive automatic, sending power back to a 4-link rear suspension holding a 9-inch rear end. The front suspension consists of JW Rods bits including tubular control arms and rack and pinion steering. Wrapping it all up is a set of Viking dual adjustable coilovers and Wilwood 4-piston disc brakes at all four corners.