Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Why spend $60,000 on a new truck when awesome resto-mod haulers like this 1978 Ford F-100 Restomod are being built each year? Built to be driven regularly and win a whole lot of truck show ribbons, this stylish and slick short-bed truck features an electric Lazer Red finish, custom black leather interior, and a powerful fuel-injected 351 Cleveland V8 heart under the hood. Show or go, this Ford truck is ready, willing, and more than able to handle anything you can throw at it, and with only 837 miles on the custom restoration. While the other people drive around in cookie-cutter pickups (that are more mini-van than rugged hauler these days anyway), you could have something unique and very interesting for a fraction of the price.
Everything looks better in vivid, high-impact modern paint, including former working-class hardware like this F-100 Restomod. The Lazer Red Metallic is so fresh it almost looks wet, and it's deep enough to drown on. Finished to a top driver-quality level, it was professionally applied over laser-straight bodywork, good gaps, and super-solid panels. Top-end work like this takes a lot of time and money, and it's obvious this was a no-expense-spared kind of build. When you find an awesome color like this, it's a good idea to use as much of it as you can, so the grille, headlight buckets, and front bumper were painted to match. Aside from the door handles, all the chrome and brightwork was stripped from the body as well, further permitting that killer red finish do all the talking. It might not quite be a show truck (but then again, who wants a truck they're too afraid to drive), as a minor flaw or two might be spotted upon closer examination, but for a vintage truck at this price-point, this is about as nice as you'll ever see. Out back, the tailgate was completely smoothed and a roll pan was incorporated in lieu of a rear bumper, giving this Ford a super-slick endcap. Inside the bed was coated with a durable spray-in bedliner that wears like iron, and a thick, vinyl mat wat was dropped-in to add a little further protection in case you actually want to put this truck to work once in a while. Modern headlights and smoked turn signals up front look incredibly, and the smoked taillights out back match the theme, further proof that nothing was overlooked during the restoration of this Ford.
If you do take to driving this Ford every day, the black-and-red interior is a great place in which to do it. A freshly upholstered TMI split-back bench seat was covered with supple black leather and punctuate with red stitching and buttons, stock black door panel inserts were installed to match, and plush black carpets to help control noise and heat and are protected with heavy-duty floormats. There's also a black headliner up top, a fresh black pad on the dash, and a removable center console with cup holders that was stitched to match the seat. The black-and-red color combination is a perfect match to the exterior, and everything is incredibly fresh and dialed-in. That's a new leather-wrapped billet steering wheel at the helm, and just ahead of it a new set of Dakota Digital gauges were installed into the factory bezel to keep a keen eye on the monster V8 under the hood. Options include a Vintage A/C system that was neatly installed under the dash, a modern Bluetooth stereo that provides the tunes, and a small screen that controls the fuel and air mixture for the Holley Sniper fuel-injection system atop the block. Man, what a slick interior.
The torquey and strong 351 V8 Cleveland topped by a Holley Sniper EFI system is the right combination of power and efficiency that you'd look for today. The 351C was a swapped-in from a 1970 Mustang but looks right inside the truck's engine bay, offering fresh components like an Edelbrock performance manifold, Doug's headers, and a full MSD ignition/distributor system providing a quick spark. Ford Blue on the block, slick-black valve covers at the flanks, an open-element air cleaner up top, and bits of chrome and polished bits in the usual places dress things up a bit, and the motor really pops out from the beautifully painted inner fenders and firewall. Power steering and upgraded power 4-wheel disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors mean it's easy to drive this truck no matter the load, and a giant aluminum radiator with dual electric fans keep the whole show nice and cool. Ford's rugged "twin I-beam" suspension isn't the most precise setup ever devised, but it rides nicely thanks to new bushings, springs, shocks, and pretty much everything else underneath. Out back, there's a 9-inch rear end, which is equally rugged and according to the door tag, it carries 2.75 gears, which are perfect for highway cruising and complement the smooth-shifting C6 3-speed automatic transmission very well. Shorty headers feed a dual exhaust system with high-performance Borla mufflers so it's got a great
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