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1963 Ford F100 - Uni-Bad!
One Grandfather, One Farm, and 650 Horses
Your first truck has a way of sneaking into your memories and staying there. It leaves an undeniable mark, even long after it has gone down the road to be sat in by another owner. For Scott Winter of Germantown, New York, that truck was his grandfather’s beat-up ’63 Ford F-100 that had traveled the family farm for many years before the acreage and the truck were left to him after his grandfather died.
He drove it for a few years and then decided to sell it, telling himself it was just an old truck and he didn’t need it. But the F-100 stayed in Germantown and came back to him over 20 years after he had seen it a little dustier than he left it, parked at a local repair shop. After three owners, it still had his name on the registration. Take that, New York DMV! He now knew what he wanted to do with the truck his grandfather had left him: chop it, lower it, stretch the frame, add a third door, and turn it into a Pro Touring monster.
Scott already had a few years of fabrication experience under his belt so he decided what any normal person would do when faced with a tired old farm truck and that is to make it fast and sleek.
He started with boxing the stock frame while adding new crossmembers and new rear section with a few buddies on nights and weekends. Then, the suspension got dialed in with a Fat Man frontend, as a set of Firestone ’bags with 3/8-inch air lines got paired with QA1 shocks and were added to the mix. In the rear a set of Dominator ’bags were paired with more QA1s, as a four-link setup was created by Scott and a master machinist and metal manipulator friend of his.
The engine got sent out to Pacific Performance Solutions in Anaheim, California, where a mid-’80’s 460 got pushed out to become a fire-breathing 533 maxing out at 650 hp with 685 lb-ft. With ported heads, a 4340 forged steel crank, H-beam connecting rods, Manley pistons, Crane hydraulic roller cam, dAMBEST carburetor, Edelbrock intake, custom air cleaner, MSD ignition, Be Cool Radiator and fan, this beast will redline at 6K in Second gear! A FB Performance Transmissions AOD with electric overdrive, 2,200-stall speed converter, and a Hurst Quarter Stick shifter keep all that power in check, but just barely. With a line locker, Scott lights up the tires just for fun at red lights.
The body has a laundry list of mods that were all done by Scott and his metal man in residence over the course of five years. The hood had a void put in where the scoop normally goes to give the twin K&N filters unrestricted airflow as a donor hood got sliced up and the section put in between the intake pipes. The entire cab was reworked, starting with the windshield being cut, then the roof lowered 3 inches, and a late-’80s Dodge van got scalped for its roof skin. The cab wall was cut and moved back a foot so a third door could be added from a donor F-100, and, finally, all the gaps were sewn up with steel.
The paint was kept simple by using PPG Viper Red and Tungsten Gray paint, sprayed by Brian Semancik, which contrasts the black powder accents added to the wheels, bumper, and grille. A red pinstripe was added to the wheels to match the ’stripe of the intake shield. A small plaque to commemorate the build was added to the engine bay to forever thank his friends, and his grandfather’s name was added to the tailgate.
The interior got treated to a custom rollcage, ’09 Grand Prix bucket seats were wrapped in black and gray leather, and a custom center console that elevated to become more driver-centric. The fuse box was relocated behind the driver for easier access, and a set of gauges got mounted at eye level so Scott could monitor all the important info in an analog heads-up display.
“I wanted to build this truck to give it power, strength, and good looks. It’s all about the metalwork, which took forever but is just art to look at,” Scott says. “But this is not some show queen, I’ve had it up to 130 mph and taken it out at least once a week. I’ll be going to Lebanon Speedway soon to really see what she can do!”
Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you; this time the past came back to haul ass!
Inside the Build
Owner and City/State: Scott Winter; Germantown, NY
Year/Make/Model: 1963 Ford F-100 unibody
Type: 460 Ford V-8 bored to 533 ci, assembled by Pacific Performance Solutions in Anaheim, CA, 4340 forged steel crank, H-beam connecting rods, Manley pistons, Crane hydraulic roller cam, ported and polished aluminum heads, dAMBEST 1,050-cfm carburetor, Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake, custom air cleaner, MSD ignition, Be Cool radiator and fan
Transmission: FB Performance Transmissions AOD with electric overdrive, 2,200-stall speed converter, Hurst Quarter Stick shifter
Rearend: Moser 9-inch rear, 4.11 gears
Mods: Homebuilt frame, boxed front clip, custom notch, homebuilt rear clip
Front Suspension: Fat Man front kit, Firestone ’bags with ⅜-inch lines, QA1 shocks
Rear Suspension: Homebuilt triangulated four-link, Dominator ’bags with ⅜-inch lines
Brakes: ABS electric brakes, Wilwood six-piston calipers, 12-inch discs
Mods: Cab chopped 3 inches, frame stretched, ’bags front and rear, third door added from donor F-100, custom hood with dual air filters, external gauges, bed fitted with air suspension, compressor, reserve tank, 20-gallon fuel cell, and Optima RedTop battery, exterior painted Tungsten Gray and a Viper Red by Brian Semantic, Red Hook, NY
Interior: Full rollcage, ’09 Grand Prix buckets in black and gray leather, Vintage Air, Auto Meter gauges in the dash, custom center console, Hurst Quarter Stick shifter, aluminum handbrake lever, billet accents, door panels painted to match the exterior
Stereo: None, so Scott can hear the engine hum.
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 15x8, 15x15 Centerline
Tires: 25/8.5/15, 29/18.5/15, Mickey Thompson Sportsman