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Jason Torchia Built a Stunning 1999 Ford F-150, and it’s not Staying Stock!

Promises Made

Nov 15, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Some truck projects start out with a definite course of action, having a clear plan as to how the build is going to go. Whether taking the form of a full teardown and transformation into a show truck, a mild build with some tasteful parts added to enhance to overall look, or just some wheels and tires with a kickass exhaust. Some even start out with the promise to a loved one of “I’m going to keep this one stock.” But as we all know here at Truckin, promises like that don’t last for long.
When Jason Torchia’s parents bought this 1999 Ford F-150 new, they drove it for a few years before giving it to their son, with the agreement he would leave it stock. He had customized almost every other vehicle he had in his possession, so that promise did not last long. And as the truck lay completely disassembled, ready for its first build, all Torchia’s father could do was roll his eyes at the dismantled truck that had been a solid runner not too long before.
Photo 2/12   |   1999 Ford F 150 Driving
In its first incarnation, this ’99 was black and red, bodydropped, and used as a daily. It stayed that way for a while till a small repair led to a total redesign. While cruising around a little too low, the roll pan caught on a chunk of asphalt and was ripped off. As he sat and began the process of repairing it, Torchia began to repair other small areas that were a little road weary and one thing led to another. A few dings in rear frame led to a completely custom 2-by-4-inch box section frame, and the idea that he need to redo the paint.
To get the Ford to lay this low, he installed a set of modified DJM upper and lower arms and a quartet of Slam Specialties ’bags on all four corners. But some really impressive work went into the cantilever setup in the bed. “I was playing around with a rear design and saw that cantilevers offered a whole lot of height adjustment,” Torchia says. “Not only that, they look frickin’ cool!” A set was hand drawn by Torchia and sent to the plasma table, while he fabricated a custom sheet metal bed.
Photo 3/12   |   1999 Ford F 150 Engine Bay
Photo 4/12   |   1999 Ford F 150 Engine
The stock 4.6L Triton was chucked. In its place, a 5.7L small-block out of a ’74 C10 with centerbolt heads was rebuilt by Torchia, given a set of ceramic coated Hedman Hedders meant for a ’74 Camaro, with a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust to breath out of. The swap was an easy one. All it took was a steady hand with a cherry picker, a few choice four-letter words, and generous use of a chair and a whip. After a 700R4 was mated to that stubborn lump of metal, a ’98 Expedition rearend was narrowed 3 inches to accept the 22x9 KMC Slides and 265/35R22 Kumho meats. The exterior was another story. Torchia no longer needed the traditional bodydrop, so had to source a new cab, which he stripped it down and prepped for paint. With the wild designs of a previous ’89 GMC Jimmy build still floating in his head, Torchia headed to a local paint and body shop to do a little horse trading. The body on his F-150 would get straightened out with a new coat of paint laid down, while he produced a custom frame for the painter. As the months went by, the frame was produced, but the F-150 still way laying around in primer. Torchia yanked it out, and in frustration painted it himself. First laying down the base red and using the inspiration of the Jimmy, the graphics were planned out and tape was applied. But as he stood back, a little voice told him to go a bit further. So, the graphics were continued down the firewall and up the inside of the hood.
Photo 5/12   |   1999 Ford F 150 Interior
Photo 6/12   |   1999 Ford F 150 Seats
The graphics kept on creeping and found their way into the cab with the dash carrying the same color scheme, and a series of airbrushed skulls to keep his knees company. All the other dash panels were paint-matched to the red base coat and went with the single-color approach for the rest of the interior. The headliner was done up in red suede to match the ’90s era cut-down Nissan Pathfinder seats, which came to him in tweed, salvaged from another custom. The seats were stripped and re-covered in red leather with red suede inserts.
While clearly some promises have been stretched to their limit, Torchia broke the mold with this build. And as his mother and father are left to shake their heads, this build will break necks as it cruises down the road.
Photo 7/12   |   1999 Ford F 150 Rear Quarter
Photo 8/12   |   1999 Ford F 150 Bed

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1999 Ford F-150
Owner and City/State: Acworth, Georgia
Club Affiliation: Acrophobia
Chassis:
2x4 box tube back half, custom built by owner, entire frame sprayed red with Raptor Liner
Front Suspension: DJM upper and lower control arms, Slam Specialties ’bags
Rear Suspension: Slam Specialties ’bags with custom plasma-cut cantilever setup by owner
Drivetrain:
Engine: 5.7L SBC with centerbolt heads rebuilt by owner, ceramic-coated Hedman Hedders, Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust system, two Optima Redtops relocated under bed
Transmission: 700R4, shortened driveshaft
Rearend: ’98 Expedition rearend, narrowed 3.5 inches
Body: Replaced cab to get rid of bodydrop and get clear back window, shaved antenna, cowl, emblems, handles, bed, steps, bed caps, taillights, rollpan and tailgate skin are one piece, built by owner, custom graphics laid down by owner
Interior: Exterior paint scheme carried inside cab to flow over dash and up door panels, Intro billet steering wheel, red suede headliner, ’90s Pathfinder seats cut down and re-covered in red leather with suede inserts and fit to original Ford seat tracks.
Stereo: Pioneer double DIN head unit with two 10-inch Pioneer subs under rear seat
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9; KMC Slides
Tires: 265/35R22; Kumho
Special Thanks: My mom and dad for the truck, Sonya Gravit, Rich Gibson, Carter, Derrick Shelton, The Kobenator, Jason’s Automotive, Moonshine Customs, Drew Dobbins, and the entire Acrophobia crew

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