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1996 Ford F150 - The Bionic Truck

Posted in Features on October 1, 2010 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Jessica Harris

In-laws, fiancées, and lean times are usually a pretty disastrous combination for those of us who are mid-build into a project truck. When money gets tight, usually the "toy" is the first thing to get sold, after pressure from significant others. Joe Miller seems to have better luck than most, however, and when he thought about covering some other expenses by selling the '96 F-150 that he was building, his super-cool fiancée said, "Never." Her parents provided a garage workplace, and Joe continued pursuing his dream: a truck that would perform as well as the high-dollar race trucks seen in the SCORE series.

Almost three years later, the truck is ready to be flogged. The sheetmetal is gone, replaced by tubing and a custom tub. A fuel-injected 460 cubic inch big block with a Holley throttle body provides the power, and a built C-6 transmission with hardened billet shafts helps get the power to the wheels. In the front, a custom I-beam setup absorbs the bumps, and in the rear, a four-link system provides maximum travel.

Sometimes, when we feature a vehicle in OFF-ROAD, we have to coax the owner to step on the gas and get on it. That wasn't the case here. In fact, Joe's fiancée, Jessica, took care of the camera work herself while her man got heavy on the throttle. Needless to say, we're impressed. If you find yourself in Glamis and happen upon Joe and his terminator-of-a-truck, be sure to take a few minutes to watch the action-this is one ride built to take the punishment.

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