Top 10 Ford Features
Bad-ass Blue Oval big rigs.
Fords are up in this installment of our favorite truck features. While the collection somewhat covers the spectrum, we recognize it's only a blip on the proverbial radar of material we have to select from.
Enjoy this group, and stay tuned for a lot more recalls of great articles highlighting Fords and other brands.
1953/2000 Ford F-100/F-150
From the "one-offs we'd love to own" department: We're pretty sure that most of you are familiar with Ford's four-door Fusion, a comfortable, sometimes sporty midsize sedan. This radically cool truck with the same name (but different spelling—Fuzion) is the brainchild of Frank Ragone, an engineer from Sylvania, Ohio, who masterfully melded the front clip of a 1950s-era F-100 onto the rest of a 2000 F-150 SuperCrew.
2009 Ford F-350
Its selection as the Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP Drivers' Choice award recipient confirms how wicked Darin Dutton's rig is. With a .020-over 6.4L Power Stroke engine (built by Nathannial DeLong), and turbo-, fuel-, and nitrous-oxide strategies developed by JD Gleason (DPC Class of 2016 alum), this truck covers all the important areas when it comes to must-have qualities for top-tier street trucks.
1964 Ford F-100
This one is from the deep archives; "Farmer John's" blown, chopped, dropped, raked, Pro Street fullsize rig that editors classified as a "sport truck" years ago. Although it's engine-swapped with a small-block Chevy powerplant (a big-cubic-inch rat motor is the norm for builds like this), the Troy Sutton-created custom is a great rig to remember in this type of rundown.
2012 Ford F-250
As the saying goes, "no rundown of bad Ford trucks is complete" without including Dorian Reyna's rolling tribute to his beloved U.S. Marine Corps brothers. Semper Fidelis, man.
1997 Ford F-350
Of course, an old bodystyle classic had to be included in this report. Zane Koch's 7.3L Power Stroke-powered rig features compound turbos and remains HEUI fueled, and it very well might be running 10s or better in the quarter-mile by now (it recorded 11-second e.t.s when this report appeared in Diesel Power.
2013 Ford SEMA Concepts
With no SEMA Show happening in 2020, here is a look back at six Ford builds that would take over the company's huge Central Hall "Dreamcase" display back in 2013.
2014 Ford F-250
Ferrari (red) and Lamborghini (white) treatments give Travis Gorely's pride and joy the perfect look. Couple that color with suspension pieces, wheels, and tires that put stance in proper perspective, and this rig falls right in step with the type of custom that defined 8-Lug magazine.
We always dig it when enthusiasts take it upon themselves to "create" trucks that manufacturers don't build. That's how Jonathan Garcia's little rig (unfortunately, the model year is nowhere to be found in the original article) came together, inspired by Ford's supercharged F-150 Lightning. This downsized version's 4.0L V-6 engine packs an Explorer Express "X-Charger" (an Eaton Roots-style blower) that makes 6 psi of boost and gives this fun machine an extra 75 horses.
2005 Ford F-350
Rich Brandi Jr. bought this rig brand new and performed the lion's share of custom work all by himself. The result is proof that enthusiasts can execute high-quality builds when they take their time, pay attention to detail, and let their OCD win every now and again.
2013 Ford F-250
Because, if you're a kid, you want one. Spare us the debate.