In­ter­cepted

A Bull­nose ’85 Ford F-150 built with cop parts

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Ford truck asked which cus­tom­ize, like to she would likely the an­swer more than in­clude a sev­en­th­gen­er­a­tion would not

1980, Ford

F-Series. In new­est-gen­er­a­tion its in­tro­duced un­til 1986. which ran

F-Series lineup, at the were fa­vor­able

Al­though sales of the gen­er­a­tion time, this spe­cific to­day. not so pop­u­lar

F-Series is more Some­times—per­haps builds not—truck of­ten than the even when chal­leng­ing, are pop­u­lar and is al­ready a foun­da­tion chose a

TMI Prod­ucts cool truck. for a truck and opted dis­tinct route in the truck-cus­tomiz­ing cel­e­brated that is not Ash­ley, world. Larry

TMI, di­rec­tor at mar­ket­ing the the we could take says, “We knew turn of trucks and ul­ti­mate stepchild it would ma­chine, but it into a show re­ally spe­cial.” some­thing take

The ’85 Ford F-150, aka Bull­nose, was pur­chased for a mere $500. The plan to con­vert this truck into some­thing out of the or­di­nary was fierce, and the clever in­di­vid­u­als at TMI ap­proached it with con­fi­dence. To make this build unique, TMI Prod­ucts bought a re­tired black and white Ford In­ter­cep­tor. The ’08 In­ter­cep­tor cost a well-spent $2,800. To be­gin the build, the TMI crew took off the body of the ex-cruiser and scrapped it. Larry says, “Us­ing an In­ter­cep­tor front clip is not any­thing new, but us­ing the whole car ex­cept for the body…well I think that is some­thing rare.” The F-150 body was re­moved from its chas­sis and ev­ery­thing else be­long­ing to Bull­nose was dis­carded. The first goal here was to set the F-150 body on the In­ter­cep­tor chas­sis. Mount­ing the body on the In­ter­cep­tor’s un­der­pin­nings was not a sim­ple task. This is when Larry searched for help from the team over at RnG. Ini­tially, their re­sponse to this re­quest was “too big, can’t be done.” Larry didn’t give up and quickly pulled out mea­sur­ing tape and dis­cov­ered it would fit “like a glove.”

It would’ve been great if set­ting the Bull­nose body on the chas­sis was sim­ple, but some al­ter­ations had to be com­pleted by RnG. The front and rear frame­horns had to be short­ened, and the bed floor was raised 6 inches to make room for the coiled sus­pen­sion and up­right gas tank. Fi­nally, af­ter three week­ends of fab work, the body fit. For the most part, the un­der­car­riage is stock Ford In­ter­cep­tor. Ea­ton low­er­ing coil springs were in­cor­po­rated for bet­ter stance and ride.

This truck might as well be an un­der­cover cop car, be­cause aside from the body, this is prac­ti­cally a po­lice cruiser. The pow­er­train is mostly factory In­ter­cep­tor. The 4.6L V-8 was re­built at RnG. The bor­ing stock ex­haust was re­placed by a Flow­mas­ter ex­haust sys­tem. TMI re­tained the four-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and the stock

3.27:1 open dif­fer­en­tial. The In­ter­cep­tor’s brakes were also kept on the build. Con­nect­ing to the road are 19- and 22-inch TSW Vale wheels with a sil­ver ma­chine and mir­ror fin­ish. To com­plete the pack­age, Ex­tremeCon­tact Con­ti­nen­tal tires wrap the stylish wheels.

On the ex­te­rior, sub­tle mod­i­fi­ca­tions were made. The trim, badg­ing, marker lights, and tail­gate were shaved. To im­prove the looks, a TMI front air dam was in­stalled, and the rear bumper was dropped in fa­vor of a roll pan. Dap­per HID lights were added and a Bul­let bed­liner cov­ers the bed. To com­plete the ex­te­rior,

TMI en­trusted Johnny’s Auto Color out of River­side, Cal­i­for­nia, with the ul­ti­mate paintjob. The crew cov­ered Bull­nose in a gold pearl tan­ger­ine color scheme that makes this rig stand out. In­ter­cep­tor 4.6 badges were placed on the quar­ter pan­els, sug­gest­ing there’s more to this truck than meets the eye.

TMI Prod­ucts spe­cial­izes in cus­tom in­te­ri­ors, so this project’s in­nards were given the ut­most at­ten­tion. First, the bench seat was re­placed with TMI Clas­sic Pro Series buck­ets with a cus­tom com­bi­na­tion of brown vinyl and stone-col­ored suede in­serts. In ad­di­tion, a TMI Prod­ucts Sport dash pad and TMI Sport R steer­ing wheel were added, the factory Ford Crown Vic clus­ter was held over, and the carpet re­ceived a cus­tom treat­ment when TMI in­stalled a Ger­man weave carpet. A JVC sound sys­tem de­liv­ers all the har­mony in the cabin.

This F-150 was metic­u­lously built to prove to any doubters that even an un­pop­u­lar truck can be at­trac­tive. Larry says he “hopes this build shows other Bull­nose own­ers this model is not the stepchild of the cus­tom truck world and can hold its own at any show.” Since its com­ple­tion, the truck has been proudly dis­played at SEMA and other lo­cal shows. Larry and the TMI crew build a lot of trucks, so hope­fully their trend of look­ing be­yond the beaten path be­comes a trend for them.

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