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1993 Ford F-150 - Not For Show

Posted in Features on July 1, 2014
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We don’t see as many fullsize pickups out wheeling as we would like. This isn’t a big surprise since big trucks are harder to see out of and there is more sheetmetal to dent, but fullsize trucks have a lot going for them as well. They typically come from the factory with the V-8 engines and full-width axles that are often swapped into scaled-down wheelers, and fullsize rigs have plenty of interior space to be comfortable on a long day on the trail.

This 1993 F-150 was Chad Dixon’s first vehicle, and he has been modifying it since he added a 4-inch Skyjacker lift kit and 33-inch BFGoodrich tires 20 years ago. Despite living near the rockcrawling mecca of Phoenix, Chad has even managed to keep his fullsize rig looking good with careful spotting and cautious driving all these years, thanks to help from Bartling Enterprise, LetzRoll Offroad, Campbell Enterprises, and his family and friends. If Chad does dent the sheetmetal, he doesn’t shed any tears. He knows that it comes with the territory, as his “NOT4SHO” license plate proudly proclaims.

Power comes from a 5.0L engine that has been bored out to 306ci and dyno tuned by Bartling Enterprise. It is filled with Keith Black pistons, Edelbrock heads, a Comp roller cam, and Ford Racing injectors, and has been converted from speed density to mass airflow (MAF) EFI. The 200-amp Powermaster alternator charges two Optima batteries, one RedTop and one BlueTop.
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The rear axle is a Corporate 14-bolt that has been treated to a Ballistic Fabrication shave kit to maximize ground clearance. The 14-bolt uses 5.38 Yukon gears, an ARB Air Locker, and disc brakes, with brackets from Blue Torch Fabrication.

1993 Ford F-150
Engine: 5.0L V-8
Transmission: E40D 4-speed automatic
Transfer case: BW1350
Front Axle: Dana 44 with 5.38 Yukon gears, ARB Air Locker, Warn axleshafts, and CTM U-joints
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-bolt with 5.38 Yukon gears, ARB Air Locker, and disc brakes
Springs & Such: Radflo coilovers and Cage radius arms (front); Driveway Custom leaf springs, lift block, Bilstien 5100 shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.5R17 BFGoodrich KRT-Bs on 17x9.5 Raceline Monster beadlock rims
Steering: PSC hydraulic-assist ram, pump, and steering box, Tru Cool cooler, Sky Mfg. high steer arms 11⁄2x0.500-wall tie rod
Other Stuff: Wheelbase shortened to 127 inches, custom narrowed TJM front bumper, Badlands 12,000-pound winch, trimmed rocker panels and custom rock sliders, custom tubular bed, relocated fuel tank, CO2 air tank, Hi-Lift jack, dual Optima batteries

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