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1970 Ford F100 - What Lugs?

So Low, It’ll Have You Wondering

Phil Gordon
Jun 2, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Twenty-seven year-old Mike Palmertree of Grenada, Mississippi, found that treasure in the form of a 1970 Ford F100 sitting in a driveway just a few miles from his house. After walking up to the house and knocking on the door, Palmertree found out the truck had belonged to the owner’s late husband and she wanted it out of the driveway. He seized the opportunity and purchased the truck.
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The first step was preventative maintenance, with Palmertree coating the truck floors to avoid any more rusting. He and his friends, Lane Herrin and Patrick Stewart, removed the frame and test-fitted the panels, making sure the measurements were square to fit the motor. Palmertree took the motor from his father’s F100 and mounted into the frame rails, custom fabbing the custom motor mounts. The front cap was added using custom body mounts by Stewart. The laid-out stance comes from the front crossmember and tubular control arms up front, and the four link with Watt’s link out back, with airbags all around.
Although there are still miles to go, Palmertree wants to thank his brother Chad for the motivation, his father Mike, Sr., Carl Griffin, Patrick Stewart, BBT Fabrication, which did a great job on the suspension, Lane Herrin, Scullybear, Brent Kelly, and everyone else who helped along the way. Future plans include completing the bed and adding full body and paint to the sleek Ford F100. For now, when Mike drops his Ford to the floor, people look at the wheels and say, “What lugs?”
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Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1970 Ford F100
Owner and City/State: Mike Palmertree; Grenada, Mississippi
Front Suspension: Handmade control arms, Chevy Silverado drop spindles, Dominator 2,600-pound ’bags, C10 shocks
Rear Suspension: Parallel four-link with Watts link, ’bags on axle, 2,600-pound Dominator ’bags
Engine: 302, mild cam, bored .40 over
Transmission: Auto tranny with shift kit
Rearend: Narrowed six inches to accommodate the 26s
Body: Patina
Interior: Rewrapped original seats, billet column, Billet Specialties steering wheel, Lokar shifter
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26x10; Dcenti 19
Tires: 255/25R26; Lexani