If you spend enough time riding in, driving, chasing, and building high-end race trucks and prerunners, eventually you want one for yourself. Before Richard Glaszczak was able to pony up the coin to open up what is now known as Richard's Performance Muffler, he was working next door to a junkyard. One day while on his lunch break, Richard saw a clean '75 Super Cab F-150 being towed into the yard that quickly grabbed his attention. The yard informed him they found the truck abandoned on the side of the road with a locked up motor. Months later, the truck was still collecting dust in the junkyard. Richard decided to make the yard an offer ($500) on the truck, and soon it found a new home in his backyard.
Over the past 10 years, Richard has been helping various desert racing teams, including Team Vortec, Mark Miller Racing, Larry Ragland Racing, and Pflueger Racing. Being fortunate to spend so much time under, around, and inside some amazing rolling works of art, Richard found ample fuel for his creative fire, eagerly waiting to tackle the fabrication on his '75 Ford. The first version of this build ended up seeing a new LS motor go in, Turbo 400 transmission, custom-bent I-beams, custom radius arms and 2.5 King shocks all around. At this stage, the truck satisfied a small amount of Richard's dirty desires and worked well as an every day shop truck. But he craved more.
One night after work, Richard's wife Michele, came into the shop and witnessed him tearing the truck apart, down to the frame. At this moment, Richard realized he wanted to rebuild the entire truck, chassis and all. Fellow Pflueger Racing teammates Brandon Wells and Trevor Harris, who were also in charge of building the team's Trophy trucks and prerunners, were enlisted to help Richard create his dream truck. The combined experience from these three amigos turned out one wicked off-road machine.
With the amount of space we are given, it's nearly impossible to talk about every piece on a truck like this. We asked Richard to remove the Trailer Products fiberglass bedsides so we could get a good look at what's giving that rear end 36 inches of whoop-eating wheel travel. The majority of this truck, including the chassis and suspension, is a product of Brandon Wells at Latest Concepts in Murrieta, California. It's the same setup you would see running around the race course in Baja. This four-link suspension uses a monster 4.3-inch Fox six-tube bypass shock and Fox 2.5 coilover to keep everything under control. Three limiting straps have also been mounted to each trailing arm for security. Working with the arms is a Trevor Harris designed sway bar. Curt at CRB Alumifab out of San Marcos, California, is responsible for the aluminum panel work and the shroud built around the coolers.
Vehicle: '75 Ford F150 Super Cab
Owner: Richard Glaszczak
Chassis: Latest Concepts build chassis
Engine: 442 GM LSX V-8, Daily dry-sump, Danzio cam, JE pistons, C&R radiator, MoTec systems, Optima batteries
Drivetrain: 4L80E trans, H&M rear housing, Tube Works axles, custom drive shaft, spool, 5.86 gears, Mittler Bros components
Suspension: Latest Concepts four-link rear, upper J-arm/A-arm front, Fox shocks
Steering: Howe steering with TT components
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston, Crown SS lines
Tires/wheels: 37-inch BFG Baja T/A, 17-inch Walker Evans beadlock
Interior: Lowrance HDS-10m, Kenwood RR, Racepak, PRP seats, Crow belts, Sparco steering wheel
Other Parts: Baja Designs Soltek HID lights, Optima batteries, Trailer Products fiberglass, RPM exhaust system, RPM headers, SPAL fans
Favorite Off-Road Area: Ocotillo Wells, Glamis, Baja