1976 Ford F100 Custom
Silver Bullet was created to have fun with my son cruising into car shows. Our thought was to clean it up, make it run great and drive it, so we accomplished that by fixing up the motor, installing new tires and sanding off the surface rust. After attending a few car shows, we decided that we want to take the truck to the next level. We dissembled the truck to replace all the suspension components, fuel lines, bushings and hidden mud. We painted the frame, undercoated the bottom of the cab and frame railings. The initial engine and trans was pulled out to be cleaned, re-gaskets, and add chrome accents. We removed the glass, doors and interior in preparation to be sent off to be painted. After a year of waiting to be return from paint, we reassemble the truck with all new parts like glass, bumpers, seals, handles, mirrors, carpet, dash and instrument knobs. We set it down on American racing wheels and BF Goodrich tires. After motor and trans was reinstalled, we installed a custom exhaust with chrome tips. The truck turn out better than we could have imagined, so we couldn’t wait to cruise and hit the car shows. Three years later, we were approached about buying the power train out of the truck....well money talks!!! We took two more years to build a power train setup that we talked about doing one day. We found a motor/trans setup that was pulled out of a 1970 mustang complete from the radiator to the rear driveshaft. We open up the motor to have it machine and filled with forged internals. The cylinder heads were ported-polished with a set of Comp Cam push rods, lifters and 1.73 roller rockers. We called Holland Moody in North Carolina to custom grind us a camshaft to make peak power numbers. The C6 tranny was completely rebuild with a B&M shift kit. Now, the rear gear setup was a gift from Pull-a-Part while doing some part shopping. We found a factory Ford nodular posi trac center section with a 3:50 ratio, so after installing some new bearings and clutches it was installed in the truck. After we painted the engine, installed polished pulleys and having the Hooker Competition long tube headers coated by Jet Hot, we installed the running gear to get closer to its first startup. Jumping through some hurdles installing a monster of a motor, we fired the engine and eased it down the street. The truck is a blast to drive, a tire smoker with tree stump pulling torque. We plan on installing Vintage Air and Holley Sniper EFI system in the Spring season.