Badass F-150 Runs 12-second Quarter Miles: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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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.

The Machine

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.

1986 Ford F-150 Mid-Track

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.

1986 Ford F-150 Vs Motorcycle Start

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.

Ford F-150 Versus Motorcycle Mid-Track

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.

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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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