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» Truck of the Month 2015

January 2015 Truck of the Month



The January 2015 TOTM belongs to Fellro

From Roger:

I have always been partial the the 80-86 body style, might have to do with the first truck I really got to drive much being my old man's 84 F250 diesel Supercab that was bought to replace a 79 F250 Supercab.

I bought this 86 F250 in 2003. It had already had a hard working life before I got it, as it was used by a local co-op. Not sure what all they had hooked up to it, as it had wiring and a mount inside the cab that I have yet to identify, and have other harnesses that I haven't quite figured out what they went to. I bought it because I needed a truck that I could hook up my 40' horse trailer-converted flatbed to be able to haul cars and scrap. It also needed to be able to haul good loads in the box as well. I survived off of hauling scrap for several years after I bought the truck, and it hauled over 4000 pounds in the bed, and I scaled in with the 40' trailer one time (total weight) at 24,500 pounds. I have a turbo for it that sometime I need to get put on... I have done a few mods, as in an intake tube that comes from the grille to the air cleaner, larger personally designed and built exhaust, and for my comfort, I added a custom seat that was taken from a parts truck. This truck has never let me down, although it has frustrated me a few times. It has surprised me on some scrap hauls how it wouldn't get stuck, and the thing is just a tank when it comes to getting through the snow. It has been my pride and joy from when I got it even though it isn't a real pretty truck. I would almost be afraid to have a pretty truck, as I still need them to do the job they were bought for.




February 2015 Truck of the Month


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The February 2015 TOTM belongs to dustybumpers

From Charlie:

This truck first met me in 2008, when I put a plow on it for a customer.
At that time, I also put new coils and leaf springs from a 94 F 250 4 x 2 diesel truck
As time, and lack of maintenance progressed, my son bought the plow, and the truck went to a new home.
In February 2010, a truck hit my 86 F 150 in the rear so I began the search for another truck to replace it with.
The young man that had bought the 94 got drunk, and ran the truck in a ditch and totaled it, I wound up buying it.
It's an XLT , shift on the fly, 5.0, with a 4R70W transmission, and a 3.55 Limited slip so I decided to keep it
After putting it back together, the transmission decided to stop working properly so I bought a replacement from Ford.
Never was happy with the way it shifted, so I put a Bauman electronic controls shift kit in it.
Man, that thing shifts great now!

Shortly after the transmission got finished, the engine got jealous. A rod started knocking so I pulled and rebuilt it.
I went with .040 over pistons, stock crank, F47TE roller cam from the larger trucks, and 1.7 roller tip pedestal mount rocker arms.
I also went with 96 Explorer GT-40 3 bar heads, so I can still pass emissions.
Truck has shorty headers, aftermarket cat, and Flowmaster Super 44 muffler with dual tail pipes and stainless steel tips.
The plenum is the stock 94 truck unit, but has been ported.

This truck sounds and runs awesome.
We use it strictly for flea market now, so it stays loaded all the time.
My wife loves when someone sees it squatting, and loaded, and tries to pass on the right, or at the light. She takes great pride in showing them the tail lights on a loaded truck.
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March 2015 Truck of the Month



The March 2015 TOTM belongs to mtflat

From Tim:







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April2015 Truck of the Month



The April 2015 TOTM belongs to 1970Custom

From Eric:


Was my grandfather's pickup and I inherited it from my grandmother after she passed. It was originally a Washington truck and that's where my grandfather picked it up back in the early nineties. Our currently has a blown up 300-6 and an Orion 3spd w/od. Replacing the 300 with a 460 and restoring it to its original glory as time allows. It's days as a work horse are through and it's going to spend the rest of its days as a weekend driver.





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May 2015 Truck of the Month



The May 2015 TOTM belongs to kiwi f150

From Mark:


Thank you to the admin for doing me the honour of selecting my truck for the totm - I have had it for 5 years now and picked it up for the bargain price of $7500 (well a bargain price here anyway ) Since i've had the truck i've put a 3 inch single exhaust on it , fitted a HHO system , new tyres , six litre tuneup , redone the seat with genuine ford fabric that an upholsterer mate of mine found on a trip he did over to the States , fitted a headache rack and siderails that an engineering mate built for me plus all the other little bits and bobs that go along with owning an older truck. It's my daily driver and has been used as a wedding car (my wife had to have it for her ride at our wedding) , been used a few times for school balls and get's used as the sleigh for Santa Claus at "Christmas in the park". The old girl has just over 140k miles on it now with me having done just over 40k of those - i only do about 5k miles per year now as just local travelling and occasional road trips to collect treasure's.



























June 2015 Truck of the Month



The June 2015 TOTM belongs to crazycanuck

From Matthew:

Truck of the month.... RIGHT ON !!!!! Thanks admin, you guys showcase some really good trucks and equally good stories with them. My 1986 F150 4x4 has been an awesome truck. It has 375000 kms on it. I use it for play and work. I've lifted it 6 inches, bushwhacker cutout flares, 39.5 inch super swamper Irocks, it is a daily driver but with smaller tires. Has a 11500lb superwinch, 40" led light bar, cb, rcv front axle shafts, 9" rear end 4 speed manual and 302 efi. I love this truck and use it all the time. My girl friend and I take it to the mountains 4x4ing and she loves it too
















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July 2015 Truck of the Month



The July 2015 TOTM belongs to Big Jim F150

From Jim:


Truck of the Month!!!! Awesome really sweet! You administrative guys at Ford Truck Fanatics really rock for showing some really sweet trucks, especially the Dent sides or Dents, which I am partial to the 73 -79 F-Series trucks . What had gotten me started with the Dents is after I had gotten my Driver's License, my father had given me a 1977 F-350 Custom Dually with a 10 foot stake body with a 351M engine with an NP435 stump puller 4_Speed manual transmission. It was quite a truck for my first truck. Well long story made short, as I was looking for another 77 Ford truck , a sweet looking 78 F-150 Ranger Lariat Trailer Special had crossed my path. I belong to Car pride, in Ithaca, New York, and a friend had this truck, that I had went nuts over whenever I had seen it, so I had ended up buying this truck from my friend Butch Akers. My best friend , Ojas Shah was very supportive in my getting the truck, and he was rather happy to hear that I had gotten it, and my mother was happy to hear that I had bought this truck, knowing that I was into classic trucks.

I have a rather sweet looking 1978 Ford F-150 Ranger Lariat Trailer Special, with a 400 Cubic inch engine with a C6 automatic transmission with a shift kit, the truck itself is a regular cab with an eight foot bed two wheel drive, and I mainly use the truck for car shows, parades, cruise in and whenever I drive this truck I get all kinds of thumbs up, horns honking, and heads turning. Now the features of this truck are a 400 Cubic inch engine with an MSD GM style HEI distributor, Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley four barrel carburetor, with ACCEL 8MM plug wires, backup alarm, dual exhausts with Cherry Bomb mufflers, Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor radial tires that are mounted on 92 - 96 chrome Ford F-150 rims. Now for the amenities. Tune are handled by a Dual XD 1220 AM FM Single Disc CD Player, with door mounted Pioneer door mounted speakers in the stock Ford mounting position in the doors, and a subwoofer with an amplifier which is mounted behind the seat, and also Chrysler infinity 6 x 9 speakers, and under dash courtesy lamps, all of which came out of a mid nineties Jeep Grand Cherokee , that another friend was parting out , all for the great price of free,

Special Thanks to Butch and Muriel Akers, Mom, Matt and Bruce Lott, and Ojas Shah.






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August 2015 Truck of the Month



The August 2015 TOTM belongs to NEWFIE F-150

From Zach:


I just got this truck a couple weeks ago to replace a beautiful truck I lost that I have a lot of great memories with, and I want to make this truck look the way I wanted that truck to look. I love this truck, but we don't have much history together at all nor is she even close to where I want her. someday, I'll have as much to say as I would have before I lost her predecessor. - I honestly don't know what else to say.





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September 2015 Truck of the Month



The September 2015 TOTM belongs to red66rider

From Jeff:



Truck is a 1966 F100

Engine: straight six
Drivetrain: 3 on the tree
Color: red
Suspension: stock

Not much to say about the truck right now other than I purchased it a few months back to be my new project. After letting go of my previous project a few years ago, I figured it was time to hunt for something new. My previous ride was a Chevy S10 and have always been a Chevy guy but I wanted to step outside my comfort zone. I did a lot of searching on the web and going to shows and one truck I didn't see around was the F100, so figured that's going to be my next ride. After searching on the web I was able to locate my truck on ebay from a guy a few hours away. After waiting out the bidding war, the truck finally belonged to me. Since receiving the truck I haven't really touched it other than washing it, changing the oil bath filter to a k&n filter, replaced the grille letters and located a C6 transmission for it.
I have plans for it such as swapping out the drivetrain, fixing up the interior, dressing up the straight 6, adding new rims/tires, and eventually adding a complete air ride system on the truck which will require a link setup in the rear and a front end swap to a Vic or 'Stang. Overall i plan on just building a weekend cruiser to take to shows and enjoy around town with the wife. First though I must get it swapped to an auto before any of the other stuff on the list gets attacked. Slow build it will be but will be a fun journey and learning experience.






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October 2015 Truck of the Month



The October 2015 TOTM belongs to DNFXDLI

From Duncan:



I bought this truck new in 2005. It is an F350 Lariat with the FX4 option. It has the trailer towing package along with the 6.0 diesel.
Color is Toreador red and the interior is parchment leather.
Presently has 80k miles on it. EGR delete was done along with an H&S XRT pro tuner set to the tow tune.
Truck gets a consistent 16mpg which I am real happy with.
A Diamondback tonneau cover was installed to carry my ATV.
This has been a real solid truck for me and I suspect I will be keeping it for years to come.






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November 2015 Truck of the Month



The October 2015 TOTM belongs to CowboyBilly9Mile

From Bill:



I'd spent about a year casually looking for a new Ranger to replace my current one owner Ranger. Did the usual, visiting Ford dealers and trolled online, and finally, while shopping Ebay one night about 11 years ago, I came across this 2004 Ranger FX4 Level II in Sonic Blue Pearl and bid. Competition was sleeping at the wheel, and I won. Delivery required a cross country flight, with pickup on the east coast and a one-way, ~3,500 mile drive back west. It had 1K on the clock when I got it; today it's up to 113K. It's never left me stranded and other than lousy "lubed for life" suspension parts, there has been just routine maintenance and preventive maintenance.



Drivetrain is the usual 4X setup, 4.0L SOHC + 5R55E tranny, 4.10 axles and a Torsen carrier in back. This model came with Bilsteins and BFG KO's; I've replaced them with the same when needed. Other than going to synthetic in the engine and transfer case, it's bone stock in the drivetrain department. Most of the upgrads are in the inside, and include adding heaters to the OEM bucket seats, auto dn/up windows, ALL LED lights outside and inside, sans the cluster, Alpine speakers and double DIN deck with Pandora and just about anything else you would want including the backup cam, Autodim mirror, Automatic headlights w/delay off, Double lighted visors with Homelink. Outside lighting includes 06+ tail light assembles and SilverStar Ultras. Akebono ceramic pads up front and Wagner ThermoQuiet shoes in back made a BIG difference over stock brake linings. Future plans include interior upgrades in currently in work, mostly in the amenity department and those being electrical. Looks like this Ranger is going to be around much longer than I planned; maybe that's not all so bad.


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