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.
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.
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.