Unlike the rumble of carbureted small-block V-8s of the '60s and '70s, this small-block has the unmistakable whine of a centrifugal supercharger coming from the shaker-like hood. A muscle car with a bed? That's right, and with the styling from a '70 Ford Mustang Boss 302, there is no room for questioning its heritage and inspiration. This F-150 was on display at last year's SEMA Show, in Las Vegas, and was built to bring smiles to the Blue Oval faithful in a way only pony cars can.
DG Motorsports of Oceanside, California, is well versed in creating custom Fords, especially F-150 trucks. The game plan was to build a truck with the same characteristics of the famed Trans-Am Race era, and so DG Motorsports started with an off-the-lot stock truck and ended with a very nice tribute to one car's legacy. The Ground Force lowering kit was bolted on first, which brought the truck down to a more respectable height, and the 22-and 24-inch Kaotik Menis chrome wheels with Pirelli tires filled in the wheel gap and provide a racy look. With the truck handling much better, the attention was switched toward updating the F-150's look.
DG Motorsports specializes in appearance packages and carbon-fiber treatments, and to update the F-150, several pieces were created to make it really stand out. New styling came courtesy of DG Motorsports, which supplied a front bumper cover with foglights, side skirts with exhaust cut-outs, and a one-piece rear roll pan. A Classic Design Concepts shaker hood was installed, that features a fully functional nostalgic hoodscoop. Other exterior modifications included the installation of a Grillcraft steel-mesh grille, which was painted black, a rear deck lid spoiler mounted onto the Leer tonneau cover, and custom taillight covers that resemble the old Mustang lights, however they were mounted vertically. David Green performed all of the body work and then handed the truck over to Dan Hatch for a custom paintjob. Dan applied the PPG Red basecoat with a Magenta-to-Gold harlequin fade that explodes in the sunlight. To finish off the old-skool theme, Boss 302-type stripes were laid down on the sides, while the hood and tonneau received a large black stripe-just like the real '70 Boss.
Inside of the doors lies an interior designed to complement the paint and body work. A Sony DVD head unit plays movies and music through a Sony audio and video system. Using two Sony 10-inch subwoofers to make the bass boom, the F-150 also uses Sonic Technologies I Beams system to make the passengers feel the bass. Black leather and red suede cover the stock seats, which were covered by Stitchcraft, from Huntington Beach, California.
All that remained was the all-important horsepower dilemma. The new 5.4L three-valve makes a claimed 300 hp to the crankshaft, but the original Boss made considerably more horsepower. To remedy this discrepancy, a Vortech centrifugal supercharger was bolted on, complete with intercooler to make the F-150 capable of laying down over 300 hp to the wheels. A MagnaFlow side-exiting exhaust freed up the expelled gas and gave the Ford the needed rumble to complete the overall package.
With every nut tightened, the Ford was rolled out of DG Motorsports into the California sun where it shined at every show. A staple of Ford's success, the F-150 and Mustang now live together through one cool truck.