REDNECK RAT ROD
shooting the windows out of it with his BB gun as a young kid. Weaver had mentioned that the short bed, big back window Fords were sought after by hot rod guys, and it could make a killer restoration project. Jung sat on those words for a bit and soon asked his grandma about the old Ford. She couldn’t remember the whole story on the truck, but was certain it had been sitting there untouched for close to 30 years and told Holden he could have it if he could figure out how to get it out of the pasture.
The next weekend, with the help of a couple buddies and an old tractor, the F-100 was dragged from its resting place and into the barn where they could work at getting it back up, running and roadworthy. The original plan was to put a new fuel-injected gas motor
The 1958 Ford F-100 in a short bed with that big one-piece rear window is a sought-after truck for the hot rod crowd. But when one like this has been in the family for half a century, the sentimental value and stories behind the scratches and dents make it worth more left alone than it would be fully restored.
Running with the Redneck Rat Rod theme, the inside of the bed brings its own flare to the build with old barn wood planks cut and installed as a bed floor and some rusted out 55-gallon oil drums cut up to make some tubbed fender wells. It’s almost like they were meant to be there.
Your eyes don’t deceive you; that in fact is a 2005 5.9L Common Rail Cummins wedged between the fender wells of this old Ford. With a little redneck engineering and some rat rod inspiration, anything is possible.
Inside the cab, Jung had to start from scratch since the truck had been gutted and left to rust in his grandpa’s field for almost 30 years. A new firewall and transmission tunnel had to be built to make room for the Cummins engine and Allison transmission. The TCI Outlaw shifter and race-inspired bucket seats help tip off on lookers to the horsepower hidden beneath the rusty, worn-out-looking body panels.
Transferring power to the rear end of the F100 is a 5-speed Allison transmission from a 2005 GM Duramax. The Destroked billet adapter plate, flywheel and trans controller made it a pretty simple bolt-up option to back the Cummins power plant.