Badass F-150 Runs 12-second Quarter Miles: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday
Stock 5.0-liter short block with good heads and a big turbo make this F-150 one slick sleeper.
This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Willy Hiebert and it features his 1986 Ford F-150. In stock form, this truck was not fast by any measure, but with a long list of upgrades including a bit of forced induction, it will outrun a great many stock and lightly-modified muscle cars. Although it looks like an average Ford truck from the 1980s, this truck is anything but average.
This 1986 Ford F-150 is powered by a 302-cubic inch V8 with a stock block, crankshaft and connecting rods. The stock pistons have been replaced with a set of Keith Black slugs that offer a 9.5-to-1 compression ratio with the Trick Flow Twisted Wedge cylinder heads. There is also a Ford Performance F303 camshaft, a bigger intake and throttle body, a beefed-up fuel system and, most importantly, a 72-millimeter turbocharger.
The power from that boosted 5.0 is sent to the rear wheels by means of a worked C6 automatic transmission and a set of sticky drag radial tires. Prior to the addition of the turbo, this truck weighed 3,920 pounds with a full tank of gas and the driver, so after the forced induction setup was installed, it could be up over 4,000 pounds.
Storming Down the Track
The video above begins with the 1986 Ford F-150 doing a quick burnout before rolling to the starting line, where it prepares to take on some sort of motorcycle. After the truck driver and bike rider stage, the lights come down and the motorcycle gets the better jump, hopping out to an early lead. The truck appears to get a good launch, but the smaller, lighter vehicle holds the early lead.
As the two reach half-track, the F-150 appears to have pulled even and at the finish line, it is impossible to tell which crossed first. Unfortunately for the Ford driver, the win lights over the left lane come on, but it was still a great run for the sleepy half-ton pickup. According to the video details, the F-150 ran a 7.8 eighth mile and a 12.77 in the quarter mile.
The channel of chock full of videos of this mild-looking, two-tone truck tearing down the track, but we have picked one with stated track times and good video quality. There are plenty more videos of this truck in action without times or with slower times, so if this F-150 wows you like it does us, there is plenty more to see.