SPECS
Horsepower
175 HP
Torque
275 LB-FT
Drivetrain
RWD 3.73 Gear
Engine Size
5.0 L
Transmission Type
E4od
Standing Quarter Mile
17.176 Seconds
MPG (City/Highway)
15/18 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? My father purchased this truck back in 96', used from a local business.  It had been well maintained but had been up north in the salt which resulted in some rust on the frame. As this was way before I had begun turning wrenches, my dad discovered the truck from his mechanic, which was the same mechanic who had maintained the truck for the previous owner since it was new. For some reason, it had a broken windshield when he purchased the truck and I can still remember the day he bought this truck, coming to pick my brother and I up from school in it. He was very excited about this purchase. It was his daily driver for many many years until the truck was handed down to my brother when he turned sixteen and then to me when I turned sixteen. I knew very little about this generation of F150 and frankly, I wanted a project car, not a truck. But that's how it goes when you're young, so many times we don't appreciate what we have. Little did I know, that would completely change a couple years after ownership. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? I started modifying this truck with the typical muffler delete. The exhaust modifications continued for a year or so as I changed the muffler tip, deleted a resonator, deleted the cats, and finally ending where it is now with a custom bent, true dual, turn-down setup, sporting one glasspack muffler per cylinder bank. Since then, almost every component of the suspension has been replaced/upgraded with polyurethane components after I discovered that my truck was optioned from the factory with a "handling package." This basically meant the front axle came from the factory with a decent sized sway bar but from my readings it was a bit uncommon considering the other options opted for on this truck. A leveling kit has been installed as well as taller and wider tires. I also added a pod filter for maximum street-cred. Most of the motivation for this truck really just comes down to making it as ideal as possible for the tasks that I ask of it. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? This is a hard question for me. The tires were an awesome upgrade and made the truck look better, ride better, and they were affordable. But I feel like tires is the typical answer. The exhaust probably had the greatest smiles/gallon to cost ratio. As an honorable mention; I'll say the heavy duty brakes, which I will hopefully be improving again, offered much better towing feel for an affordable price. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? This process for me wasn't very technical. I would try to read some reviews and check forums for opinions but so many times I have found that the opinions were flat out wrong, or that I didn't quite feel the same. So because of this, and the nature of this project, I really just try different brands. If I don't like whatever I put on after a decent amount of time, I will simply try another brand. As far as tips, I would simply say; be cautious when trusting forums regarding tire fitment and lift. Prime example; "Will 31x10.5x15 fit this stock truck, without rubbing?" "Yes," I was told! I installed the tires, put it on the ground, backed out of the shop, and rubbed the frame rails as I went to full-lock backing out. Not a big deal, but I personally do not want any rubbing, at all. 5. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? I must say, this truck really has not given me any challenges to where I thought, "I'm going to really need some help on this." It has been a great truck to me, it always starts, it always gets me to where I need to go, and it always makes me happy when I drive it or work on it. Not many vehicles over my life have consistently checked all of those boxes. 6. What are you planning next? Who knows what I'll end up doing with this thing. However, I am positive that I will drive it until the transmission or motor explodes. I may give it a little shot of nitrous. I toy with the idea of doing a homebrew long travel kit after it dies. The frame needs work, that's the bottom line when I consider doing anything additionally to this truck. Why keep modifying stuff if the core "values" aren't there? Definitely recommend picking up one of these platforms to anyone considering it.

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