REDNECK RAT ROD
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.