1962 Ford F100 Western Rocket
It's not often you see something that makes you stop dead in your tracks, but that's exactly what happened when we first laid eyes on Weaver Customs’ ’62 Ford F-100. Affectionately named Django, the Cummins-swapped beauty is unlike anything we've ever seen. We didn't expect to see an award-winning, show-quality build at a diesel event, but there it was—complete with a 1,000hp compound-turbocharged 5.9L Cummins powerplant.
The ’62 is the work of Randy Weaver, who specializes in all-steel, high-end builds. After becoming bored with the routine monotony of building roadsters, Randy decided to create a custom truck instead. Since Randy lives and works in West Jordan, Utah, he's nearly dead-center in the state’s diesel scene. For Randy (and most of us), it just makes good sense that trucks have diesel engines, so he decided his newest creation would be diesel-powered.
The reason Django stands apart from other show vehicles is because it has an engine that Randy built himself, and that powerplant—a ’95 5.9L Cummins—packs massive amounts of horsepower. The engine’s bottom end features a main girdle that's tied together with ARP studs, while a stock crankshaft swings a set of shot-peened 12-valve rods and Mahle pistons. Randy also fitted the Cummins with a 188/220-degree–duration camshaft from Hamilton Cams and a fire-ringed cylinder head that was “ported to within an inch of its life,” Randy says.
The top end of the engine is no less impressive than the short-block. The injection pump was sent off to Goff Diesel Injection in Murray, Utah, for the full upgrade treatment, which includes 13mm plungers, 5,000-rpm governor springs, and fully cut delivery valves. The monster P-pump is fed by a FASS fuel system, and it sends fuel through oversize lines to 5x0.018-inch injectors, also from Goff. The turbo setup starts with a Steed Speed exhaust manifold that directs exhaust into a huge 75mm BorgWarner S400 high-pressure ’charger, getting atmospheric air from an even larger 91mm S500. The charge passes through a modified Mishimoto intercooler and into a one-of-a-kind individual-runner intake manifold. If that's not enough, Randy also built his own fogger-style nitrous-oxide system—one of the first we've seen on a diesel.
Randy uses a tried-and-true Dodge 47RH four-speed automatic transmission built by Intermountain Transmission, as he’s found it’s the only automatic up to the task of supporting his rig’s big output. The final components that help put the power on the ground are a narrowed Ford 9-inch rearend, which is fitted with a Detroit Locker, big axles, and huge Wilwood brakes.
With the powertrain completed, Randy spent nearly a year constructing a chassis and modifying the body. He always wanted to build a tubbed truck, so he stuffed a complete square-tube frame under the unibody Ford. The chassis incorporates a narrowed rear four-link section that clears massive tires. The front suspension is an IFS design with a custom sway bar that is beefed up for the weight of the heavy Cummins engine.
While the tube chassis is an excellent example of Randy's fabrication skills, the one-off body is simply out of this world. Not one body panel is left unmodified. The fenders are moved out and fitted with custom air scoops, the cab is chopped, and the windshield has been laid back. The bed received some of the most extensive modifications, shortened and widened, with an integrated tailgate and custom wheel tubs. The front bumper is a creation straight from Randy's mind, and a diffuser serves as the rear bumper, giving the F-100 a unique, race-inspired look.
After the last bolt was tightened, it was time for Randy to reveal his creation to the world. Winning an Outstanding Engineering award at the Salt Lake Autorama, Grand Marshall award at Barrett-Jackson, and Celebrity's Choice and Best Special Interest awards at Hot August Nights, Randy’s truck was clearly well received. What's amazing is you can walk around it 10 times and see something different on every lap. While we have no trophy to give him, we can definitely say Randy’s truck is one of the cleanest, nicest, and best-engineered diesel-powered rigs ever built.
Year/Make/Model: ’62 Ford F-100Owner: Randy Weaver
Odometer: 1,000 miles
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
Engine: ’95 5.9L Cummins I-6, main girdle; ARP main studs and rod bolts; Mahle pistons; Hamilton Cams 188/220-degree (duration) camshaft; fire-ringed, ported, and polished cylinder head; ARP head studs
Fuel: FASS 220-gph lift pump, Goff Diesel Injection 13mm P-pump with full-cut delivery valves and 5,000-rpm governor springs, 5x.018-inch injectors, Attitude Performance Products’ The Adjuster
Air: Weaver Customs compound-turbocharger system with 75mm and 91mm BorgWarner turbos, Steed Speed exhaust manifold with Synapse Engineering wastegate, Weaver Customs intake manifold, nitrous-oxide system, modified Mishimoto intercooler
Exhaust: 4-inch downpipe, dual exhaust, Flowmaster Outlaw Series mufflers into twin 5-inch turnouts
Transmission: Dodge 47RH four-speed automatic transmission built by Intermountain Transmission, manual valvebody, billet input and intermediate shafts, and a triple-disc torque converter
Axle: Narrowed Ford 9-inch with 3.55 gears, Detroit Locker
Power: 1,000 hp
Torque: 1,950 lb-ft
Tires: 245/25R20 Pirelli P Zero (front); 405/25R24 Pirelli P Zero (rear)
Wheels: 20x8.5 Boze Force (front); 24x15 (rear)
Suspension: Weaver Customs’ square-tube frame, four-link suspension with RideTech coil-over shocks (rear); IFS front suspension with custom sway bar and Wilwood disc brakes (front)
Body: Chopped top; windshield laid back; smoothed, shortened, widened, and tubbed bed; integrated tailgate; custom rear diffuser; front bumper; grille; modified front fenders with air scoops; all latches and lights smoothed and shaved; leather hood straps; suicide doors with leather straps and hidden openers
Interior: JS Custom Interiors distressed Italian leather interior, Dakota Digital gauges, Weaver Customs’ steel dash, B&M shifter, custom center console with Colt revolver
Fun Fact: Django has drawn a lot of attention in the custom car world. In fact, it sold for the hefty sum of $115,500!