Over the next four issues, we’ll be adding a lot more power to our Ford equivalent of the B-52 bomber. Built from ’80 to ’97, these Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks were manufactured by the hundreds of thousands.
It's an important decision that will affect your finances for years to come—to keep your used truck or jump into high-dollar new-truck payments. For this truck owner, the decision was an easy one as his '05 F-150 had served him well for more than 105,000 miles.
While we never thought we’d take our ’97 F-350 this far, it’s happened. After driving around what seemed like the perfect daily-driven 500hp combination for more than a year, we just couldn’t leave well enough alone.
Welcome to the first part of a mutlipart buildup that we did ourselves at home in a driveway with simple handtools. This month, we tackle a complete suspension overhaul, without having a shop do any of the work and without breaking the bank with air tools or a lift.
More accustomed to hitting the trails and sand dunes in his wild, long-travel prerunner Ranger, once Tim inhaled the tire smoke from a high-horsepower V-8 and felt the adrenaline rush of straight-line speed, he had to have himself a muscle truck.
From the outset of the Blue Bomber project, our goal has been to create a precision-handling truck that we could run at the track on the weekends, while still enjoying comfortable driving during the week.
Our 2011 Silverado, dubbed Project Blue Bomber has been coming along nicely. We have dragged it across the country and back to show off some of its performance potential and still it asks for more. To say we are having a blast with it is a huge understatement.