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Post  foxbody82 on August 20th 2018, 11:22 am

Been a while since I have put anything on this forum, but I have been trying to absorb as much info as possible. Great and intelligent group of guys on here for sure. I am in the process of building a 1979 F150 for drag week and got the rendering done a few months ago. As of now the only things set in stone concern the chassis and aesthetics. Going to start building the motor this winter. Will be asking a few questions in other parts of the forum concerning that, but for now the plan is a P-51 or AFR headed 514 on pump gas. Goal for the truck is 10.9X on pump gas and later down the road I would like to see the truck boosted. Anyone else on here hard headed enough to try and race pick ups? Have a foxbody I have had since I was in highschool that at some point will transition to a big block, but for now the small block nitrous combo will have to do.

**Edit: Motor program has changed to a pump gas A headed 598**

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Post  Mark Miller on August 20th 2018, 9:09 pm

Bad A** Looking Truck and Fox Body keep us posted on how they both run!!! Smile

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Post  Gregaust on August 21st 2018, 1:44 am

Now that is nice !!!!

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Post  jasonf on August 21st 2018, 10:16 am

Here is my buddy Earl Schexnayder's twin turbo carb BBF F150. It ran low 9's on the 09 drag week IIRC.

Btw your rendering is awesome. I like the 79 the best.

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Post  HorsinAround on August 21st 2018, 10:42 am

Here is my turd. 95 F150, 514, A429 heads smallish cam, methanol injected. Video below was taken last year. Still sorting it out.

https://youtu.be/6PmfRrYsfRU
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Post  BigBlockRanger on August 21st 2018, 12:58 pm

Yep.

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Post  torino501 on August 24th 2018, 7:08 am

HorsinAround wrote:Here is my turd. 95 F150, 514, A429 heads smallish cam, methanol injected. Video below was taken last year. Still sorting it out.

https://youtu.be/6PmfRrYsfRU


off topic but what headers did you go with and what trans?

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Post  HorsinAround on August 24th 2018, 8:18 am

torino501 wrote:
HorsinAround wrote:Here is my turd. 95 F150, 514, A429 heads smallish cam, methanol injected. Video below was taken last year. Still sorting it out.

https://youtu.be/6PmfRrYsfRU


off topic but what headers did you go with and what trans?


Maddog headers. Took my truck to him so he could use it to make a pattern, then I got the first set. Transmission is a full built C6 that I did using the information from Frank Merkle and Bad Shoe Productions, and Broader performance.
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Post  droppedf100 on August 26th 2018, 7:39 am

I haven’t been on here for awhile either. Was a few other truck guys too but some can’t resist the temptation to put the motor into something lighter lol.
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Post  rmcomprandy on August 26th 2018, 8:47 am

A lot of people make the big mistake of out-powering the vehicle; especially in a "Drag Week" situation where one has to drive that vehicle from track to track.

Make SURE the VEHICLE is up to the task of whatever is powering it.

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Post  foxbody82 on August 27th 2018, 4:59 pm

Thanks for the compliments guys. The mustang is a low 9 second car with an old iron headed small block on one kit. The truck's chassis should be safe into the 9's as far as handling power, but not wanting to cage this truck until it is an absolute must. The truck will have Calvert mono leafs and Calvert bars also for rear suspension as well as a relocated shock set up with double adjustable shocks. Still planning out the front shock set up but it will all stay stock style.
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Post  Copperhead on August 29th 2018, 5:39 am

Yep,......

Runs 5.70's in the 1/8th,......8.90's in the 1/4.

Currently has a 14.5:1, 598" engine,....that I'm hitting it with a 100 shot of N2O, in conjunction with a C-6 Transmission.

Long term goal is to drop my compression around 11:1,.....hit it with a lot bigger shot of nitrous to make up for the power difference and change to a 4L80 overdrive trans,.....so I have the ability to compete in some True-Street events,...and one day possibly do Drag-Week.

If I can get it to go mid 8's,....and be able to still hit the streets,....I'll be satisfied.

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Post  BigBlockRanger on August 29th 2018, 6:16 am

foxbody82 wrote:Thanks for the compliments guys. The mustang is a low 9 second car with an old iron headed small block on one kit. The truck's chassis should be safe into the 9's as far as handling power, but not wanting to cage this truck until it is an absolute must. The truck will have Calvert mono leafs and Calvert bars also for rear suspension as well as a relocated shock set up with double adjustable shocks. Still planning out the front shock set up but it will all stay stock style.

We did a Crown Vic front end and it is awesome. Tight steering, great brakes and it rides so dang nice. It's a little work, but I love it.

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Post  foxbody82 on August 29th 2018, 9:31 am

I want to stay with the stock stuff for class restrictions down the road even though a crown vic was very tempting. Copperhead that is a very sharp truck. 4 link or ladder bar rear set up? My first ride was a red 93' lightning and I have had a few others along the way so I have a soft spot for first gens. My dad actually bought my first truck back a few owners and some years later so its back in the family. My truck will have a well built C4 with a gear vendors. Down the road I can see it getting a 400 with the gear vendors if I can't keep a C4 alive in it.

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Post  Copperhead on August 29th 2018, 10:09 am

foxbody82 wrote:Copperhead that is a very sharp truck. 4 link or ladder bar rear set up?

Thank ya man,.....

I have 36" Ladder Bars & double adj shocks in the rear.


foxbody82 wrote:I want to stay with the stock stuff for class restrictions down the road even though a crown vic was very tempting.

I've raced a LOT of truck events,....and I'm pretty sure the Crown-Vic front end would be "ok" in most peoples eyes.   One of the best things I did was ditching the original twin I-Beam stuff up front.    It flat out sucked for Drag-Racing.  

I went to an AJE K-Member with Mustang II Rack & Pinion, and Fox-Body style struts & brakes.   All bolt-in stuff.

foxbody82 wrote:My truck will have a well built C4 with a gear vendors. Down the road I can see it getting a 400 with the gear vendors if I can't keep a C4 alive in it.

The C-4 will "work", but it'll be less than ideal,.....especially if you make any significant HP/TQ. When you combine the added weight of these trucks,....with a certain amount of power,.....the clutches in the C-4 have a hard time holding up.

I run a C-6 and I don't have any issues what-so-ever.
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Post  whitefield on August 29th 2018, 10:24 am

foxbody82 wrote:Been a while since I have put anything on this forum, but I have been trying to absorb as much info as possible. Great and intelligent group of guys on here for sure. I am in the process of building a 1979 F150 for drag week and got the rendering done a few months ago. As of now the only things set in stone concern the chassis and aesthetics. Going to start building the motor this winter. Will be asking a few questions in other parts of the forum concerning that, but for now the plan is a P-51 or AFR headed 514 on pump gas. Goal for the truck is 10.9X on pump gas and later down the road I would like to see the truck boosted. Anyone else on here hard headed enough to try and race pick ups? Have a foxbody I have had since I was in highschool that at some point will transition to a big block, but for now the small block nitrous combo will have to do.


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Nice truck . 514 pump gas deal with a well thought out built c4 will be fine but I suggest a AOD with 4R70 internals with a good trans brake valve body and that would be more ideal for drag week.
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Post  foxbody82 on February 20th 2019, 2:59 pm

Just checking in on this. The truck is still in the works and the chassis is coming together well. The motor and transmission programs have both changed since last posting, but overall it will be a very fun ride for these true street style events. Building a pump gas A460 headed 598 and putting either a TH400 or C6 with a gear vendor behind it. Cam will be a tight lash billet solid roller with a morel bushing lifter. Hoping the tight lash and the correct spring keeps the valvetrain happy and fairly low maintenance. The 10.9X goal has been lowered quite a bit, but not quite sure where it will end up NA. Mid-Low 10's would be expected depending on how hard I push it and how mild we make the cam. Motor should be done around May and then it will be off to chassis prison to have the headers done and a few other safety upgrades. Hoping to make Dragweek 2020 and to run Street Race Big Block NA, but plan to be road testing it and making passes next spring. Roughly March-April 2020.


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Post  foxbody82 on February 20th 2019, 3:21 pm

Here are a few progress pictures I had readily available. Will be adding some detailed pictures over the next few days.

This is the day we found it and got it out. A few pictures during the tear down and after cleaning the chassis up. It is currently setting how it is shown in the last image. It will not have the front clip replaced until the motor is set in place.
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Post  foxbody82 on February 21st 2019, 7:11 am

Here are some nice spacers that were made to allow the use of the billet center cap. Going with a 17" front made for some headaches over the 15" with the bolt on center cap. After Polishing I think they really made the wheel package look better. Debating on welding them into a one piece cap, but for now the O-ring on both parts work well.
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Post  Uglytruck on May 9th 2019, 4:49 pm

Any progress?

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Post  foxbody82 on June 12th 2019, 2:30 pm

The truck is slowly coming along. Excuse the mess in the pictures as its been worked on 35+ nights straight at this point.

As far as updates, the motor will be going on the Dyno within the next month. Steve at PRC got my carb done last week. Zach at ZSR should have the longblock together any day.

The chassis is 99% done, installed new stainless brake lines and also changed all the steering to manual steering and a U-Joint rather than a rag joint. Also changed the lower bushing to a billet housed bearing which made the steering very nice with the rebuilt Blue Top Box. Used a factory 4 speed column to clean the interior up as well. Just waiting to get the truck to ride height so I can order my shocks from Viking.

The only big decision left is what transmission to run. I am torn between a Merkl C6 and a TH400. Just wanting this deal to be maintenance friendly and the trans at my power/weight will be the toughest part to make "bulletproof" I feel like, especially with the street driving aspect.


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Post  foxbody82 on August 7th 2019, 6:28 am

Update: Engine is almost dyno ready.Should have it on the dyno by the end of the month. Anyone car to take a guess at what it will make? 598, 11:1, 360 cc A heads OTB ports, trickflow intake OTB, 1050 4500, solid roller .770 lift. Turning this deal 6500-6700.

Transmission and converter are on order. Went with BTE for a converter and Th400 with all the trick pieces minus an aftermarket case. Fairly local company to me which drove that decision as well as the great customer service.

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Post  norm on August 7th 2019, 6:51 am

My guess 775HP
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Post  stanger68 on August 7th 2019, 5:01 pm

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Post  JBR-3 on August 7th 2019, 5:33 pm

Foxbody, what rocker arms are those ?

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