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1970 Ford F100 4x4 - Family Affair

Posted in Features on July 1, 2001 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Ken Brubaker

Apples don't fall far from the tree. To prove this saying, all you have to do is look at the truck that 20-year-old Bobby Brand of Franksville, Wisconsin, has built. Taking after both of his parents, he felt inclined to build a truck for himself. For Gail and Chuck Brand, Bobby's parents, building trucks is what life is all about. Having raced in the CORR Series since 1989, the parents were more than happy to help their son with both the fabrication and the acquisition of parts.

After a quick conversation with his dad, Bobby decided that the best course for him to take would be to build a prerunner. After searching many of the surrounding states between traveling from one CORR race to another with his parents, Bobby discovered a '70 Ford F-100 4x4. Due to the condition of the truck, it was determined that a complete body-off restoration would have to be performed.

The first order of business was to strip the entire truck down to a rolling chassis. With this complete, Bobby began to customize the front suspension by adding two spring cups at the front of the frame to allow for an adjustable ride height. Situated neatly inside the spring cups is a pair of 2-inch National Spring front coils. The stock spindles were strengthened and a custom Panhard bar was swapped for the OEM unit. Since the steering geometry was altered, some of the key steering components were either modified or fabricated from the leftover parts that his parents had from their Ford CORR race truck. The steering box was replaced with a unit from a '79 Bronco along with the steering column from the same donor vehicle. The rear suspension is comprised of a Ford 9-inch rearend from a '79 Bronco and was trussed and strengthened to prevent axle wrap. The rear OEM leaf springs were thrown away to make room for the re-arched National Spring units. Custom-fabricated traction bars and antisway bars increase the truck's handling capabilities.

Turning the 33x12.50R15 Goodyear Wrangler MTRs mounted on 15x8 American Racing Outlaw wheels with bead locks is a Mark Williams 31-spline race axle and spool. The ring-and-pinion ratio is 3.55:1. Damping duties are handled via four Rancho RS 5000 shock absorbers. Not satisfied with the original brake system on the truck, Bobby installed a four-wheel Wilwood disc brake setup complete with 12-inch rotors. After some slight modifications to the caliper mounting locations and the replacement of the master cylinder with a power brake unit and the brake lines, Bobby assures us that his truck stops better than some newer models.

After close examination of the fairly new Jasper 300ci six-cylinder, Bobby and his father decided to have the block deburred and bored 0.030 over stock. Tasked with completing this job was ProPower of Franklin, Wisconsin, where the head was ported and machined and all the internal engine components were examined. With the internal components in good shape, the engine was reassembled and dressed up with chromed valve covers and K&N chromed breather units. For added performance, an Offenhauser manifold was installed with a 600-cfm Holley carburetor mounted atop. The ignition system was replaced with an '83 Ford electronic distributor equipped with a CDI coil, which has Ford SVO ignition wires exiting from it. To expel the spent gases from the powerplant, a pair of Hooker headers was installed along with a 3-inch stainless steel turbo exhaust system.

With the drivetrain complete, Bobby's focus shifted to the overall appearance of his ride. Wanting something just a little different, he replaced the factory Styleside bed with a Flareside unit from a '79 Ford truck. Precision Auto Body in Kenosha, Wisconsin, applied the PPG Brilliant Orange paintjob. To light up the night, a pair of KC Daylighters was installed up front on the prerunner bar.

The interior was updated with a custom dashboard and a new bench seat from a '97 Ford F-150. Custom-designed aluminum dash inserts allow the liquid-filled Auto Meter gauges to reside in the original factory locations. For sound, a very, very loud Clarion CD system was installed complete with an amplifier and six speakers spread throughout the cockpit. The gray upholstery and headliner, which was stitched by Bobby's mother, complements the orange exterior nicely.

When asked what, if any, changes he was going to make to his truck, all Bobby could do was smile, put his hands in the air, and say, "This was my first restoration and I enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll be building another [custom truck] for a long, long while."

SPECIFICATIONS
Owner/hometown Bobby Brand/Franksville, Wisconsin
Make/model '70 Ford F-{{{100}}} 4x4
Engine 300ci Ford I-6 bored 0.030 over; ported head
Aspiration {{{600}}}-cfm Holley carburetor, Offenhauser manifold, Hooker headers, and turbo exhaust
Transmission '70 Ford F-100 four-speed
Axles/differentials Mark Williams 31-spline axles; Mark Williams spool
Suspension 2-inch National Spring front coils; 2-inch
National Spring rear leaf springs; Rancho RS
{{{5000}}} shocks; custom-fabricated traction bars
and axle trusses
Wheels 16.5x12-inch American Racing Outlaws with
bead locks
Tires :$15,000

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