When Lightning Strikes Twice
THIS CUSTOM ’52 FORD F-1 TAKES A CLASSIC TRENDSETTER AND REMAINS TRUE TO THAT LEGACY, MIXING INNOVATION WITH PARTS FROM A 2002 FORD LIGHTNING FOR A
1952 BODY STYLE WITH A 5.4L SUPERCHARGED ENGINE. Owned and built almost entirely by Ryan Reid, with help from friend Carl Crowe, this beauty has taken two years of nights and weekends to complete.
The F-1 frame was kept—fully boxed and reinforced—while they transplanted parts from the Lightning, starting with the 5.4L
Ford Triton supercharged V-8.
For the engine, they went through and added a new Accufab throttle body, intake pulleys and aluminum high-flow radiator to keep the transplant cool. A new Ford 4R100 four-speed automatic transmission and supercharger followed. To work on the engine past the limitations of the ’52’s stock hood, Ryan and
Carl engineered their own tilt hood system and latch so that they could tilt it backwards, opening up the engine compartment for easy access. Other additions include BBK shorty headers, a custom intake with K&N air cleaner, SCT X4 programmer and