REDNECK RAT ROD

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in it, but Jung’s par­ents had just re­tired their F-450 Fum­mins from heavy haul­ing and he re­al­ized that pow­er­plant would be per­fect for the build. Af­ter some smooth talk­ing, he con­vinced his par­ents to let him pull the mo­tor and trans to put in the F-100 chas­sis—and the real work be­gan.

Be­fore putting a bunch of horse­power and torque into the 50-yearold truck, the frame was fully boxed to re­duce fa­tigue and chas­sis twist and a com­plete front end from a 2006 Ford Crown Vic­to­ria was mod­i­fied to fit un­der the front. This of­fered a great ride with mod­ern power steer­ing, in­de­pen­dent coilovers, and room for some 255/55R18 tires. For the rear sus­pen­sion, Jung fab­ri­cated a com­plete 4-link assem­bly with ad­justable QA1 coilover shocks and a nar­rowed Ford 10.5 rear axle. The axle was nar­rowed up so it fit un­der the F-100 body and kept the 305/50R20 Nitto 420 tires un­der the bed­sides. The nar­rowed axle also leaves enough room for some mas­sive slicks and wide wheels when the time comes to

 Jung used his ex­pe­ri­ence from work­ing on hot rods at Weaver Cus­toms to fab up the 4-link sus­pen­sion for the back of the truck. Ad­justable up­per and lower link arms will help plant the horse­power and torque when and if this truck finds its way to a race track in the fu­ture.

 For brak­ing, Jung didn’t want to skimp out and go cheap, so a full Wil­wood dual mas­ter cylin­der kit was or­dered up and mod­i­fied to fit the truck. All the brake lines were hand made from scratch by Jung—not done per­fectly on pur­pose, need to stick to that rat rod look, right?

 This three-year project took count­less hours to com­plete and has turned out to be a great lit­tle daily driver that turns heads ev­ery­where it goes. Jung gets com­pli­ments and ques­tions on it just about ev­ery time he stops some­where.

 For the front sus­pen­sion, a com­plete front end cross­mem­ber assem­bly was sal­vaged from a 2006 Ford Crown Vic­to­ria for just $300. This setup has be­come pop­u­lar for in­de­pen­dent front end con­ver­sions due to the low cost and great per­for­mance. Plus, re­place­ment parts like shocks, ball joints and brake pads are eas­ily found at any parts store.

 While the out­side of the truck was left to show what 20 years of ranch life and 30 years of sit­ting in a field will do to a truck, the chas­sis got a few high­dol­lar up­grades like the coilover ad­justable QA1 rear shocks and full 4-link rear sus­pen­sion.

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