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1988 Ford F-150 McKiller

Posted in Features on December 27, 2016
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As owners of McKenzie’s Performance Products, Jeff & Kim Quinn know a thing or two about race vehicles. They also know what they like, and apparently what we like too, as their 1988 Ford F-150 is something that dreams are made of.

Saying that he wasn’t really a vintage guy until this build, Jeff Quinn has taken the best of old and mated it with the latest techniques to produce a truck that can be raced, driven comfortably for long stretches, and has look that makes many smile.

The chassis is a Russ Wernimont unit that is state of the art. In the front, he utilized Suspension Innovations pieces such as the trick Billet Chromoly I-Beams along with custom Wernimont 1-1/8-inch King Pin spindles, Herbst Trophy Truck hubs and custom internal by-pass shocks that feature Eibach springs. For brakes, Quinn chose Brembo units that have 14-inch vented rotors and multi-puck calipers. This brake arraignment is also used in the rear. That goes for the wheel and tire package too as 37-inch BFGoodrich Project tires (37-1250-17) and BTR Gen II beadlock-equipped wheels (17 x 8 6 on 6 ½) are used on all corners.

That rearend is a full-floating Chrisman 10-inch unit that uses 4.56 gears. It’s held aloft with a link system that looks like it would be right at home on a Trophy Truck (because it’s essentially the same). Again, Wernimont used Eibach springs on his shocks. Quinn notes that Adam Householder of Fine Tune Suspensions in Anaheim, CA did his share when it came to making the Ford fly across the whoops.

Clean is the word most enthusiasts have when describing this Ford F-150.

And fly it does thanks to the 428ci Ford engine. Once one of Robby Gordon’s old Cup engines you know that has to be fast, but it’s the sound that it makes at speed that’s music to our ears: this thing crackles! Producing 578hp, it has been rebuilt by RC Performance of Huntington Beach CA using the good stuff. Items such as a 9:1 compression ratio that features Yates heads with titanium valves, an 850cfm Holley carburetor feeding the good stuff through a Roush intake manifold due to pressure provided by a Holley Blue fuel pump and regulators. Keeping the big mill cool is done with Setrab oil coolers blown by SPAL electric fans.

Fresh air is induced thanks to UNI filter that mates to the 14-inch Pro-Am Billet aluminum housing. An MSD ignition system provides the sparks while the custom header and Custom Stainless Mufflers built by Fantasy Muffler channels the spent fuel to the outside world.

The transmission is a Culhane Ford C6 that connects to the Chrisman reared with a Drive Line Specialties shaft. A spare shaft resides in the bed area. A Fluidyne trans cooler keeps check on the fluid temperature. These are in the bed, as is the 60-gallon Fuel Safe fuel cell. Also there is a spare BFG/BTR wheel assembly, a jack, fire extinguishers and the aforementioned spare driveshaft.

As we stated earlier, the look of the 1988 Ford F-150 is classic. We all remember race trucks from this era, and they were all winners. The cab is all steel but thanks to Trailer Products the rest is pure fiberglass. The truck was painted by General Truck Body of El Monte, CA. while the cool blue stripes were done by Sign Pro’s out of Brea CA. One nod to new being better was the addition of a Rigid LED light bar to go along with the HID headlights.

Though it retains some parts from Ford, owner Jeff Quinn says that the enough has been changed that he called out Russ Wernimont as the manufacturer of the frame.

As clean as the exterior is, even after some serious races the interior is near immaculate. Quinn had Westminster Auto Upholstery in Anaheim, CA take the interior to plush levels. A Fiberworks dash was covered with upholstery and then filled with Auto Meter Instruments, a Lowrance GPS unit, a PCI Radio and Intercom unit (with Blue Tooth) and a host of cool switches. A Momo Steering wheel and Art Carr shifter are race items that look right at home in the Ford as does the stock a/c panel that is now connected to a Ventura Air air-conditioning system

A trio of Beard’s Ultra Pro Seats (complete with heaters!) line the floor, though the center seat was expertly narrowed by Quinn to fit. Keeping the occupants in those seats is done with Crow 5-point harnesses that feature sewn in pads covering the 3-inch belts.

Make no mistake, as nice as it is this Ford is not only driven hard, it’s raced. Kim Quinn drove it in the recent M.O.R.E. Powder Puff For A Cure race and the two plan to take it to the NORRA for the 50th Anniversary rally, where the pair should do well. They have the experience, motivation and one seriously ready to rock truck. We’re looking forward to being there when they finish.

Suspension Innovations produces the cool Billet Chromoly I-Beams while the custom 1-1/8-inch King pin front spindles are the handiwork of Russ Wernimont.
Russ Wernimont utilized Eibach springs when he built the Internal By-pass front shocks.
Supposedly an old Robby Gordon engine, this 428 Ford has 9:1 compression but still runs on Pemex. The sound it produces will give any real motor-head goosebumps.
Producing 578hp, and built by RC Performance of Huntington Beach CA the Ford utilizes an 850cfm Holley carburetor that sits upon a Rousch intake manifold. An MSD Ignition provides sparks while the Pro-Am billet air cleaner provides clean desert air.
The rear suspension is right out of a Trophy Truck and from the link system to the shocks, it too was designed and built by the multi-talented Russ Wernimont.
Rear shocks Internal By-Pass built by Russ Wernimont that again uses Eibach springs.
Thirty-seven inch BFGoodrich Projects are mounted on BTR Gen II beadlock wheels.
A Rigid Industries LED light bar resides inside the Russ Wernimont front bumper assembly.
The bed, which houses the 60-gallon Fuel Safe Cell, a pair of Setrab oil coolers equipped with SPAL fans, a couple of fire extisguishers, a jack and a spare BTR/BFG, is encased with Trailer Products sides.
Ready for any eventuality, the Ford has a spare Drive Line Specialties driveshaft and a pair of TRED Pro recovery ramps.
A Chrisman 10-inch Full Floater rearend with 4.56 Gears and Herbst TT hubs grounds the back half. As with the front, Brembo calipers and 14-inch venter rotors provide the braking.
The immaculate interior shows that subtle style can be just as attractive as flash. It has a Lowrance GPS unit, PCI Race Radio and a Ventura Air air-conditioning system that looks like it blows through a period Ford panel.
A MOMO steering wheel combines with Auto Meter gauges to give the driver a good handle on things. The dash panel itself is a Fiberwerx unit that features a boat-load of cool Flip Switches electrical switches. Each one features a cool “emogi” on its face denoting what it turns on.
A trio of Beard Ultra Pro Seats combines with Crow 5-point, 3-inch harnesses to keep everyone safe, and thanks to the fact that the Beard’s have Seat Heaters, they keep everyone toasty on cold desert days too.
An Art Carr shifter rows the Steve Culhane-built Ford C6 transmission
We may be biased, but we think the look of this vintage Ford, complete with the iconic Ford/Shelby paint scheme, is beautiful.
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Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
Eibach Springs
Corona, CA 92879
Crow Enterprizes
Anaheim, CA
PCI Race Radios
Signal Hill, CA 90755
McKenzies Off-Road
Anaheim, CA 92801
Tulsa, OK
Fuel Safe
Redmond, OR 97756
Trailer Products Inc.
Hemet, CA 92543
Rigid Industries
Mesa, AZ 85215
Beard Seats
Riverside, CA 92504
Uni Air Filters
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
MSD Ignition

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