running a 2½-inch twin exhaust system dumping in front of the diff. I had headers from a Mustang for it but they didn’t fit, so I am still on the hunt for another set. The drivetrain from the radiator to the driveshaft is basically new, even down to the heater core, and that makes it reliable. I am continually changing things — for example, the hood lining and the steering wheel — as I get the ideas and the money allows. I’m working on dropping the suspension a few inches, but, with the twin I-beams, I don’t have much choice other than to go for a new front end. I am looking at the brakes and I’m thinking of going for a 3.0:1-ratio LSD at some point in the future.
That sounds like a nice and reliable combination.
Yeah, I’ll drive it anywhere. When I did the engine conversion, I pulled the old gear out on a Friday and had the new stuff in by the following Friday — I only needed to use my daughter’s car to get around for a week.
How do you find the F100 to drive?
It’s good, really good. There are no squeaks or rattles when I’m driving. The last owner, Cam, put new carpet in it and had the seat reupholstered — the Mexican blankets are really just for the look. I’ve replaced all the door and window rubbers and fitted a new heater, since the missus hates it when it’s cold. I have a sub and 6x9s behind the seat but I haven’t hooked up a head unit or front speakers yet, as I haven’t decided how to mount it all, or whether I should have it hidden behind the dash — a new stereo in the dash would ruin the look.
So, no worries driving the truck long distance, then?
Nah, not at all. I’ve got a bach up in Whangarei and I live down in Taumarunui, and the truck makes the trip no problem. I’ve also used it to help my brother-in-law shift from Taumarunui to Wellington. Being a truck helps for everything — I go biking with the boys and can just load the tray up or just hook the boat up and drive.
It must also be fairly relaxing having a vehicle you don’t have to be too precious about?
Yeah, I’ll park it wherever. However, it’s actually in really sound condition. There’s nearly no rust to worry about. The matte black helps — I scuffed the rear recently, and sprayed over it with stove paint!
The joys of matte black! Thanks for taking the time to show us your truck, Nic.