Clas­sic Courier

Street Trucks - - READERS' RIDES -

JONATHAN VACCA PUR­CHASED HIS ’75 FORD COURIER BACK IN 2007. A two-owner truck pre­vi­ously, it was meant to serve as sim­ple shut­tle to and from work, but it quickly grew into some­thing more.

The stock en­gine has been re­placed with a 1.8L four-cylin­der five-speed from a 1980 to keep the truck run­ning. The Courier has been ’bagged, with cus­tom up­per ’bag mounts and mod­i­fied lower con­trol arms in the front. The truck’s air sys­tem runs on ni­tro­gen, with two aux­il­iary tanks in the rear con­nected by stain­less steel hard lines. Disc brakes have been pulled from a 1980 in bet­ter shape than the ’75, giv­ing the Courier en­hanced driv­abil­ity. Six­teen­inch Al­coa wheels ad­here to the clas­sic theme.

On the body, the drip rails, tail­gate hinges and the front bumper have been shaved to give the Ford a clean-cut sil­hou­ette.

The cus­tom cowl hood scoop is the cherry on top. The bed­sides have been ex­tended with re­place­ment rocker pan­els along the rear, and Toy­ota Supra tail­lights were in­stalled for a truly cus­tom setup. Rhino Liner coats the bed, and the roof fea­tures a rag­top for a unique al­ter­ation. The bot­tom of the hood, up­per door­frames and tail­gate chains, as well as the ni­tro­gen tanks in the rear, are pow­der-coated white. All of the would-be chrome has been pow­der-coated sil­ver.

On the in­te­rior, cus­tom-made kick pan­els have been in­stalled with 6.5-inch and 5.25-inch speak­ers with tweet­ers to ac­com­pany them. The heater con­trols were re­moved, and the deck and EQ were mounted in their place. The dash has been shaved, and the dash over the gauges was re­done in fiber­glass and wrapped. Be­hind the seat, a cus­tom-ported box with two 10-inch sub­woofers and two amps con­nect to the sound sys­tem via crossovers un­der the seat. Cus­tom head­liner, bil­let wheel, seat and sun vi­sors top off the cab’s ren­o­va­tions.

Jonathan still looks for­ward to paint­ing his baby with sil­ver and blue metal­lic tra­di­tional flames with green and sil­ver metal­lic tribal flames over the top. Con­sid­er­ing all of the work he’s al­ready put into his Courier, we can’t wait to see how the build turns out.

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