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1997 Ford F150 - Show Me The Ford

Posted in Features on June 1, 2000 Comment (0)
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1997 Ford F150 - Show Me The Ford
Photographers: Dan Dulany

In Missouri, it is common practice to demand proof of a claim before believing it. Does James Licht of Harrisonville, Missouri, like Fords? Whether you're from Missouri or not, you better believe it. For the past 10 years, James has bought and built up two Fords per year as a hobby. We're not talking complete breakdowns and rebuilds. We're not talking about bringing a classic '50s model back from the dead. James procures late-model Ford trucks, works a little magic on them, and moves on to the next one.

No one pursues a hobby such as this alone, of course. James gets a great deal of help from his friends Aaron Seabaugh and Shane Mercer. James says that working on these Fords keeps him and his friends out of trouble. When they're not working on trucks, they're attending several truck pulls, mud bogs, and show events per year in the area south of Kansas City.

James developed his love of the Blue Oval quite naturally - his dad works for Ford, so he probably saw many Ford trucks roll into the family garage from a tender age. James's most recent acquisition - and project - is a '97 crew cab Ford with a 10-inch lift and 38-inch tires.

This brings us to the specimen in question: a '97 Ford F-150. James and company spent the bulk of their energy on the lift, which includes a 6-inch Superlift lift kit along with 44-inch chrome L&L ladder bars, and Superlift shocks damp the spring action over rough terrain. The lift pulls the body of the Ford up over 35-inch tires that are mounted on 16-1/2-inch Weld Scorpio wheels. James painted the shocks and the Trailmaster dual stabilizers to match the body.

James felt that his Ford needed some chrome to accent the pristine stock body, so he went all out. In the front is a Dick Cepek chrome prerunner bar, upon which two Explorer Pro Comp driving lights are mounted. He covered the diffs in chrome and braided the brake and the vent lines to add shine to the engine compartment. A K&N air filter tops off the stock Ford powerplant.

Show me the Ford! James Licht will continue to show us Ford after Ford after Ford - as long as the company keeps turning them out.

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