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1974 Ford F100 – John Newell

What would you do if you had the chance to build with your dad, or your son? Would you enjoy it and create something great? Would you be able to build up a 1974 Ford F100?

Keep reading and see what John Newell did, with his son and his best friends help. This Ford truck never stood a chance, it was destined to be worked on.

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Name: John Newell

What type of vehicle is this?: truck

Make, Model, Year of Project: 1974 Ford F100

What stage is this in?: Completed Project

When did you purchase it and for how much?

I traded a numbers matching 1966 – 289 Mustang for this truck in 2018

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I owned a truck like this when I was a teenager

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.

The truck wasn’t running, so we had to build the engine.

We replaced the floor boards.

We also had to do some suspension work.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

Added a new engine, cut about 1200lbs out of it and replaced the interior.

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

Engine is a Big Block 460 that is 60 over. I added a Holly Sniper EFI, a Holly Sniper HyperSpark ignition system with timing control and new exhaust.

Behind that, we put in a C6 transmission with 3000 stall converter with a new transmission cooler and a B&M shifter

I backed that up with a 9 inch rear end with 350 gears and a limited slip posi.

Custom interior at night

Some other things I replaced or added was a new radiator, alternator, master cylinder, new brakes, brake lines, fuel cell, steering arms and truck competition traction bars,

The interior got upgraded as well. With new auto meter gauges, auto meter tachometer, interior carpet, bench seat, headliner, console and a pioneer stereo system

To finish off the exterior, I added a new bed cover and window tint. I have 45 ft of Orange Led lights inside and underneath of this truck.

Where have you purchased your parts?

Lyndon’s Automotive Parts

McMunn Auto Parts

Summit Racing


Dennis Carpenter

Extang Bedcovers

Holley Performance Products

O’Reilly Auto Parts

Country Roads Kustom Decals and Signs

What about you?

I’m 45 years old and I work for Nestle Purina as a maintenance technician.

I grew up helping with my dads drag car.

I’ve always liked working on older trucks and cars and I’ve always wanted to build my own hot rod.

Any stories regarding this project?

I traded for this truck in December, so it was 10 degrees with snow on the ground.

My best friend and son helped me build this truck. Having my son help with this build, I was able to pass on some old hot rod knowledge down to him.

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?:

Lyndon’s Automotive Parts

McMunn AutoParts

Country Roads Kustom Decals and Signs

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My name is Dennis. First, let me just say, I am a Christian, a husband, a father to 1 beautiful step-daughter and 3 strapping young boys and a step-grandfather (She calls me “Grumpy”) to a gorgeous step-granddaughter. These will always be my priorities, no matter what my interests are. That said, I strive to keep and maintain a family friendly atmosphere, so my boys and their friends can enjoy the site as much as I do. (Granddaughter isn’t old enough and daughter has other interests.)

See my home page for more about me.

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