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1966 Ford F100 - Quick Change

Going from two wheels to four

Feb 3, 2016
Contributors: Eric Banks
Photographers: Grant Cox
Here at Truckin, we call ourselves writers, editors, or content creators. The way our feature articles get produced is often a simple formula. We get wind of an awesome build, contact said builder, and over the course of many months, watch as the build nears completion. Then using our good looks and charm, we convince the owner to have his truck immortalized in our pages. We send a lens-slinger (or photographer) out to an undisclosed location, who shoots a few hundred photos, and we decide which out all those fabulous shots can fit in the mag. In the meantime, we sit down with the owner and have him fill out a build sheet, which provides an overview of how the truck was built, what kind of parts were used, and grants us insight and backstory that gives the article character. Back at the Truckin offices, we bring out all of our writing skills and via massive doses of caffeine and sleep deprivation, and finally put an accurate representation onto paper.
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This particular build process followed all the normal protocol, but the owner and builder Eric Banks was so enthusiastic when we sat down with him, we decided to let him tell the story in his own words. Enjoy.
“After building my last Suzuki GSX-R1000 drag bike I decided to get out of the motorcycle world and change it up. A few of my friends were into air-ride trucks, which sparked my interest. As a big Ford fan, I decided to seek out a ’65 or ’66 F100. After months of searching, I found a clean ’66 on Craigslist. My two buddies, Will Meadors and Seth Curry, and I hopped in the car and went to look at it. After a test drive and some price negotiation I drove away with it for only $2,500. The trip home was the scariest white-knuckle drive I ever had! We drove 60mph, but the truck still had drum brakes all around, with the original Twin-I beam front. The thing was super squirrely and all over the road. Once home, about two weeks went by before I started tearing it down. I replaced the front suspension with a Crown Vic front end, but it didn't have the stance and lay that I wanted. I took it out, installed and a Full Tilt Street Rods Mustang II IFS complete with upper and lower control arms with the help of my buddy Coulter Manard. Rear suspension is a parallel four-link, with a ’bag over bar set-up. With the truck riding on Slam Specialties RE6 ’bags, the chassis was all done, and everything was powdercoated. Another friend of mine, Arnoldo Flores, and I repaired all the rust spots and refloored the cab. Next, it went to Tyler Rochelle and my brother James Inscoe to get the interior and engine bay sandblasted to bare metal, straightened back to factory spec, and shaved down before it was painted. My vision was to have a fully restored interior looking like it did in ’66 with the tattered exterior original paint. While it was all repainted, I took the seat, visors, and door pockets to Scott's Auto Trim to have it rewrapped in white vinyl, with blue, white, and black plaid. We installed a B&M shifter with a modified Crafty B shift lever and I contacted Ryan Chaney at 44 Build to fab me up a one-off meat clever shift handle. With the interior done, it was time to knock out the bed. Coulter and I raised the factory bed floor to make room for the huge 10-inch Hometown Fab C-notch. With the bed raised, I built up the area beneath to display the custom WW2 shark face bomb as the air tank, and it has copper hardlines and an AccuAir e-Level system, as well as two Viair 440 compressors with black braided lines and AN-6 fittings. The truck still needed a power plant to move it down the road. I decided to ditch the original Cleveland engine and swap it out with a 351 Windsor, but during the rebuild I discovered a rusted crankshaft. So I swapped it out with a SCAT stroker crank and bumped it up to a 408 stroker with machine work from Scot Johnson. With the help of Steve Jones at Performance Auto and Diesel we built the 408 with a SCAT stroker kit, put in JE flat top pistons, Ford Racing rocker arms, and aluminum heads. We topped it off with a set of vintage Weiand valve covers and intake, a Black Diamond series Quick Fuel carburetor with a Lokar throttle cable and dipstick. All the hardware was switched to stainless Allen head bolts. To stand out from the crowd, Coulter and I fabbed up some lake-style headers under the hood with fender exit outlets. Conestogo Motors (a.k.a., Steve Mank and Denny Lloyd) ran all new wiring and got it tuned up, ready to cruise around, and drag the streets. Once the truck was all back together, the ’60s paint was buffed back to a shine.”
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We think that says it all.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1966 Ford F100 Styleside SWB
Owner and City/State: Eric Banks; Jenks, Oklahoma
Front Suspension: Game Over Built chassis, Full Tilt Street Rods Mustang II IFS with upper and lower control arms raised 3 inches to lay body, Slam Specialties RE6 ’bags,
Rear Suspension: four-link, with ’bag over bar set-up, 10-inch C-notch, AccuAir e-Level with copper hardlines
Brakes: Four wheel disk conversion
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Engine: 351 Windsor stroked to a 408 with JE pistons, aluminum heads, Ford Racing rockers, Wieland intake and valve covers, Black Diamond Quick Fuel carb, custom headers with fender exit
Transmission: powdercoated and rebuilt C6 transmission.
Body: 100 percent original paint buffed out, raised factory bed floor has hidden trunk area with WW2 bomb converted into air-supply tank.
Interior: Fully restored with freshly painted interior and door jams, custom rewraped seat, FoMoCo optional door, B&M floor shift kit with a modified Crafty B custom shift lever, and a one-off 44 Build meat cleaver as shift handle.
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Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: OEM 15-inch wheels, powdercoated white
Tires: Coker 670 classic 2 3/4 -inch whitewall 15-inch tires
Special Thanks: Coulter Manard, Arnoldo Flores, James Inscoe, Steve Jones, Will Meadors, Chris Prideaux, Steve and Tayna Mank, Denny Lloyd, Tyler Rochelle, Jeff Johnson



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