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Better Than New: Inspiration for Used Truck Conversions

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Ford loves to indulge the nostalgic feelings of its fans by regularly creating cars reminiscent of its heritage. But sometimes, private companies do it even better than the mastodon of the auto industry. Indy Auto Man, the used car dealer and service station in Indianapolis that provides various commercial vehicle customization services, keeps an eye on the great examples of Ford conversions for inspiration. Here are a couple of them.

Too Young to Retire: 1970 Ford F-250

Despite most enthusiasts opting for OBS trucks when it comes to conversions, some studios go even further back in time. One of the latest examples is Velocity Modern Classics, which introduced its 1970 Ford F-250 – a truck that combines classic style and modern technology.

This F-250 received a new suspension and updated interior that brings the pickups of fifty years ago (1967-1972) back to life. However, one of the most fascinating parts of this particular pickup is its second-generation 5.0-liter V8 engine (this legendary Performance Coyote V8 is installed in the seventh-generation Ford Mustang). And while the creators don’t reveal its price or specifications, one can purchase the 435-horsepower Gen II version from Ford for about $8,000. In the F-250, the Coyote engine is paired with an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and an Atlas II transfer case. A proprietary exhaust system rounds out the mechanical upgrade package.

Of course, the muscular design of the F-250 attracts attention, but that’s not the only thing that makes it strong. Velocity started with an RS4 chassis from Roadstershop and then swapped the axles for the famous Dana axles: Dana 44s up front and Dana 60s at the rear. The AFCO adjustable shock absorbers provide decent handling on the highway, where a truck with such a powerful engine still needs to be stopped somehow. This is achieved by Wilwood disc brakes, with hydraulic calipers on all wheels.

Inside, there is a cozy sofa trimmed with high-quality premium leather. The basic architecture resembles the interior of a pickup from a bygone era, but the vehicle also received a Huntington head unit. It plays retro-sounding tunes through the Kicker Audio system, with Bluetooth connectivity. A vintage A/C system controls climate control, and the Performance steering wheel has tilt adjustment.

Not a Museum Exhibit: 1967 Ford F-100

Another bright representative of the oldies that received an upgrade is the 1967 Ford F-100. It may not have a full list of driver assistants, such as intelligent cruise control and traffic sign recognition, but it has a unique personality. The lift and 20-inch Moto Metal wheels wrapped in Toyo Open Country tires play a major role in this truck’s intimidating aura. Those who think that this is just an exhibition piece from the “show, not ride” series are deeply mistaken. The truck has a 7.5-liter V8 under the hood borrowed from a newer truck.

Of course, this pickup won’t win a race at a stoplight, but it doesn’t need to. With an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, shifting is a pleasure, and the interior looks brand new despite 123,000 miles on the odometer. The center console lacks a 12-inch touchscreen but does have air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD stereo with USB and Bluetooth. This fearsome F-100 is about to turn sixty but still has power steering and brakes. And if the customer is not satisfied with the power of the old V8, then it is always possible to replace it with something younger or even turn the veteran pickup into an electric one.

Customization at a professional service station can turn a pre-owned truck into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece within the budget of an average pickup from a showroom. In 2023, prices on new full-sizers in good trims hauled past the 50-grand mark. But those who opt for the used options are in for a truly royal choice at half the price. Moreover, there is always a chance to find a vehicle perfectly upgraded by its previous owner.

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