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1973 Ford F350 - Frank 'N Ford

Posted in Features on February 1, 2009
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Cool Fact
When the '73 Ford truck models were released, Ford set out to start "a new generation of better ideas."

The phrase "they don't make 'em like they used to" is all too true. Maybe it's the bold and simplistic styling or the bulletproof factory drivetrain, but there's just something about the '70s Ford trucks that makes them timeless marvels. Piloting this '73 Ford F-350 is Rob Espinoza, an off-road technician from Randy's Off Road in Azusa, California. With the truck built for powering through endless mud pits, this classic bogger has played double duty as his weekend wheeler and daily driver since his high school days. Though high gas prices and the perpetual evolution of the build have convinced Rob that a more mild-mannered daily driver would be a good investment, he continues to hold strong and keep this big brute trailer-free. Though it's basic by today's high-zoot standards, we really dig the simplicity. Having everything you need and nothing you don't. Sometimes just taking a look back at the classic iron that once ruled the road can give you that bit of old-school inspiration you've been looking for.

If the sheer size doesn't grab your attention, the Ford's raspy V-8 will. Built for power and longevity, a 460ci big-block was bored 0.060 over and tuned up so that every time this monster mudder gets on the gas, the goo goes flying.

Tech Specs
1973 Ford F-350

Engine: 460ci, custom cam, bored 0.060 over, L&L headers, lots of head work, built by CMF Motors
Transmission: C6
Transfer case: NP205
Front Axle: High-pinion Dana 60, cut and rotated 23 degrees, 35-spline shafts, Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears
Rear Axle: Dana 70, Detroit Locker, 5.13 gears

Springs & Such: 8-inch lift via custom Atlas springs
Tires & Wheels: 44x19.50 Boggers on 15x12 Eaton 32-bolt beadlocks
steering: High steer
Other Stuff: 2-inch body lift, custom bed and reinforced frame, custom traction bars, 1410 yokes, '78 Ford 1-ton grille and frame

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