1986 Ford F-150
Take a nice mid '80s pickup like this Ford, update it with some fresh suspension components that make it drive better than it did when it was new, add a few custom touches to the interior, and you end up with one of the nicest F150s that you will ever drive. Or own. Because that's what you will want to do once you drive this truck. Let's start by checking out the cool paint job before we dive into the rest of the details. After proper preparation of all the body panels as well as the solid bed cover, a unique color of paint called Chop Top Silver was laid down. Then the hood was blacked out and a bold black stripe was laid down the side. The tailgate continued the theme with a blacked out the center. Trim all that black with Red pinstriping, and you have a sweet looking paint job. Compliment that with a blacked-out grill, paint the bumpers black, and go with black for the mirrors and window trim, including for the sliding back window in the cab. At that point you pretty much have to go with black wheels, so they did. The tilt up bed cover looks sweet in its expanse of Silver over a bed that received its share of love during the prep and paint too. Open the door and get ready to be pleasantly surprised. This is not your basic work truck. The entire interior appears to be brand new from the door panels with power window and lock switches at your fingertips to the carpets. But what will probably jump out at you first is the deep bucket seats that are black cloth with red stitching. They offer great back and leg support and are super comfortable. A 4-spoke GT steering wheel mounted on a tilt column looks good and feels good in your hands. The dash is stock XLT except for an aftermarket stereo that has been added for your listening pleasure which is AM/FM/CD/ Bluetooth and iPod compatible. The ventilation controls include those for the R134 A/C system that will keep you nice and cool on those hot summer days. There is a late model Ford shifter for the automatic transmission and a custom center console that provides nice storage and a comfortable armrest. The engine and drivetrain on this truck have received as much attention as the body and interior. Pop the hood and you will find a nicely appointed 5.8-liter engine with plenty of signs of good routine maintenance. All the belts and hoses appear to be new and the A/C compressor was recently replaced. The stock air topper is nicely polished up announcing the 5.8 with a 4-barrel carb underneath it. Ford Motorsport valve covers also look sharp and long tube headers are tucked down in there which lead back to a chambered exhaust system with an X pipe that gives the truck a healthy rumbling sound. Power is sent back through a 4-speed with overdrive automatic trans. The whole brakes system has been serviced up nicely with front disc brakes ready to haul this truck to a quick stop. The steering and suspension system have seen some nice upgrades with tubular components, Delrin bushings, and sway bars providing greatly improved handling and road feel. Come on down and check this truck out. Take it for a ride. You may just want to drive it on home.