V8-Swapped Ford Courier Carries Lots of Hot Rod Appeal

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Ford Courier

Stuff a build 302 in a tiny, lightweight Courier, and you’ve got a guaranteed recipe for sleeper fun.

The original Ford Courier was, to be honest, not exactly a giant sales success. Even during the dark days of the fuel crisis, people were reluctant to give up their V8-powered, full-size trucks. And who can blame them? But we’ve always though the Courier was a cool little pickup, save for its obvious lack of power. And as you can see from this 302-swapped ’75 we spotted on Craigslist, that problem is easy to correct.

There’s little that good old fashioned V8 power can’t fix, and a tiny compact pickup is certainly a great place to start. Amazingly, this particular Courier was swapped a full 30 years ago, presumably generating nothing but smiles and giggles ever since.

Ford Courier

The hot rodded compact has also been treated to a few additional go-fast goodies, including an RV cam, Rhodes lifters, headers, and dual exhaust. The feisty engine has a C4 automatic transmission with a shift kit behind it, feeding the power back to a 2.80-geared 8″ rear.

Ford Courier

Your only real clue to what’s going on with this former econobox is a hood scoop. Well, and that obvious V8 rumble. Otherwise, no one would ever suspect this Courier to be capable of gapping plenty of fast cars from a dig. Especially when you factor in the less-than-perfect paint and semi-ragged interior appearance.

Ford Courier

Still, we’re digging what this humble Courier is dishing out. And it’s no surprise that with a mere $3k asking price, the truck was gone before we could even notify you of its presence. After all, a cheap, cool toy like this offers up plenty of fun for the dough. And it proves that even a Ford Courier can be a hot rod, too!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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