A 1971 Ford F-250 Hiding 1997 Secrets - Frankenstein’s MonsterPosted in Features on May 15, 2015
Let’s be honest: No project that takes place in the garage is ever as easy as we think it will be. But that sentiment applies doubly (or triply, or quadruply) in the case of Scott Thoren’s ’71 Ford F-250 crew cab, which the family calls “Frank.” See, while most projects involve a little rust repair and maybe some cannibalizing from a parts truck, Scott’s Tinkertoy involves a complete frame-and-running-gear swap, built with parts from five different trucks.
I’ve invested seemingly as many hours into the build as dollars. –Scott Thoren
When Scott purchased Frank (short for Frankenstein’s monster, who else?) a few years ago, the truck’s cab and front clip had already been mounted to a ’97 F-250 frame (complete with the 7.3L Power Stroke), but he says he wasn’t terribly happy with the setup. Luckily, since he bought the truck as a project for him and his 9-year-old, he had some time to get it sorted before his son started driving.
The F-250 is finally on the road after more than three years of wrenching, but Scott says he’s still working out little details. Although he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be “done” with the project, the truck has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a cobbled-together shell.
Check out the details of Scott’s F-250 as we follow him from rusted start to polished finish—all from his own workshop in southeast Washington State.
Year/Make/Model: ’71 Ford F-250 sitting on a ’97 Ford F-250 Power Stroke frame and running gear
Owner: Scott Thoren
Hometown: Burbank, Washington
Engine: 444ci/7.3L Ford/International Power Stroke Diesel
Induction: Factory turbocharger
Fueling: Factory direct injection
Engine Management: Bully Dog chip
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic with overdrive
Rearend: Limited-slip, 4:10:1 gear ratio
Suspension: 2½-inch body lift
Wheels: Weld aluminum
Tires: 35-inch Toyo Open Country A/T
Odometer: Who knows? With this many different trucks contributing to the build, it might as well be brand-new!
Special thanks: “My understanding wife Rikki, who put up with the long hours in the shop and then me coming into the house smelling of diesel fuel, gear oil, and beer.”
Fun fact: “I love knowing exactly how many hours went into this build. I’ve invested seemingly as many hours into the build as dollars.”
Future Plans: “I need to rebuild the spare Dana 60 front axle I have and put it in place of the Dana 50 IFS front end. I want to find a set of leather seats to install. I also need to build door pulls for the rear doors; they seem to be made of unobtainium!”
In memoriam: Three of the trucks that donated their lives to make this project possible. In all seriousness, though, Scott says parts trucks make projects much easier. Not only did they provide a deep well of necessary parts and useful spares, but he was able to sell unneeded powertrain components, body parts, and other bits to help fund the blue pickup. The F-350 will even live on as a heavy-duty utility trailer, built after the rest of the truck was gutted for parts.