Were always bitching and whining for something different. We like to see creations that weve never seen before. We dig rigs that employ alternative schools of thought and that (forgive the business lingo) think outside the box. Therefore, it should be little wonder that we almost soiled ourselves when we came across Ferris McCollums conglomeration of parts thrown together in hot rod style with circle track flavor.
Ferris had a bunch of parts lying around and a whole lot of imagination, so he did what any real gearhead would do: He built something out of them. Granted, not everyone has a steel reproduction 30 Ford Model A pickup body kicking around, but the frame is a mundane 73 Bronco unit, as are the front Dana 44 and coil buckets. Some of the other spare parts included a 460 from a 73 Lincoln, a 78 C6 tranny and 205 case, TJ front coils, and Chevy Blazer rear leaf springs. The rest was built or bought.
Starting from the front and working back, the Dana 44 was rebuilt with 4.56s, a Detroit, Warn shafts, and 78 Ford disc brakes. The front radius arms were extended for better articulation and were connected to the frame with ¾-inch rod ends. A pair of Teraflex 2-inch lift coils for TJs were hung in the factory buckets up front, and Chevy Blazer rear springs were hung out back. For the rear end, Ferris knew he wanted to full-float and disc-brake the 9-inch, but after doing some investigating, it turned out it was cheaper and easier to contact the circle track guys at Schreiner Enterprises in Elva, Wisconsin. They sold him a 9-inch housing with protected drain plug, 3-inch tubes fitted for full-float axles, axleshafts, rotors, and caliper brackets for under $900. Ferris just had to add his centersection with 5.13s, a Detroit, and Eldorado calipers.
Powerwise, the 460 was built for 9:1 compression, the heads were mildly ported, and a General Kinetics 0.479/0.504-inch lift cam was installed. A Weiand intake was topped with a Howell 670-cfm fuel injection system. The tranny and transfer case were also rebuilt and the whole assembly was laid into the frame. The Brookfield Roadsters reproduction body was reinforced, tied to the frame, and filled with a monster 3/16-inch wall rollcage and aluminum paneling coated with polyurethane lining. The interior appointments were installed and a bed was fabricated to hold the spare tire, tools, and parts. When all was finished, the panels were slathered in DuPont Pink.
The result is an off-roading, hot-rod-loving-fools dream. For less than the price of a new Bug, Ferris has himself a custom-built trail rod that looks almost as good as it works. Thats what hot rodding is all about.