Owner Jeff Gotz notes that the doors are the only items that haven't been modified on this truck. Um ... no kidding. It's obvious that this rig is infused with a cornucopia of cutting-edge tech.
Fordzilla's foundation is a custom tube frame. It was designed to offer phenomenal approach and departure angles, among other things. Bolted to the frame are modified body panels including a 1949 F-100 grille. A MileMarker 12,000-pound winch resides up front and a Warn 8274 is bolted in the rear.
The custom four-link coil-spring front suspension includes Rancho RS 5000 shocks and custom-fabbed high-clearance lower links. The Detroit Locker-equipped Rockwell 2.5-ton axle has been narrowed so that identical short shafts can be used on both sides, and it's been modified to accept disc brakes that use Chevy calipers and Ford F-600 rotors. Steering is hydraulic and is controlled by an orbital valve on the steering wheel.
Like the front, the rear suspension is a four-link and the rear 2.5-ton axle sports disc brakes, a Detroit Locker, and hydraulic steering. The difference between it and the front is that there are four Rancho RSX9000 shocks and the rear steering is actuated by a joystick that's located in the cab.
The propane-fired 514ci engine is mounted deep in the cab of the truck and is capable of producing an estimated 700 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. It sends power downstream to a heavily modified C6 transmission and NP205 transfer case.
The custom interior features a rollcage made from 1.75-inch DOM tubing, Pontiac Sunfire seats, stock 1976 Ford steering wheel, and Auto Meter and Pro Comp gauges. In the custom center console you can see the B&M shifter, controls for the winches, joystick for the rear steering, and the transfer-case levers.
|Owner/city:||Jeff Gotz/Chili, Wisconsin|
|Vehicle:||1976 Ford F-150|
|What he does when not 'wheeling:||Four-wheel-drive shop owner|
|Engine/aspiration:||Ford OHV 514ci V-8/|
Dual throttle bodies and regulators, Blue Thunder dual quad intake, custom headers, 3-inch exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers
|Transmission:||C6, reverse manual valvebody, six-pinion planetaries, large remote cooler with fan|
|Transfer case:||NP205 with NP200 internals|
|Suspension (f/r):||Four-link coil, high-clearance lower links, Rancho RS 5000 shocks/|
Four-link coil, high-clearance lower links,
four Rancho RSX9000s
|Axles (f/r):||Narrowed Rockwell 2.5-ton, Detroit Locker, hydraulic steering, disc brakes with Chevy calipers, Ford F-600 rotors/|
Narrowed Rockwell 2.5-ton, Detroit Locker, hydraulic steering, disc brakes with Chevy calipers, Ford F-600 rotors
|Wheels:||20x22 two-piece double bead lock by Stazworks|
|Tires:||48x25-20 Goodyear Terra|