With almost every action star who has ever mattered starring in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Expendables, you'd think that it'd be near impossible to squeeze just one more shining subject under the spotlight. The all-star cast is a conglomerate of legitimate badasses that have blown up the big screen on their own, but, Sylvester Stallone, actor/director of the film, assembled the "Toughest Crew of the Century" for one of the most explosive cinematic experiences to date.
Sly did, however, manage to make room for another pivotal figure in his action equation, in the form of this flat black, low and lethal '55 Ford F-100. West Coast Customs, known purveyors of the most sinister of custom street rides, was given full responsibility to create a hardcore, rolling soldier that was tough enough to hang with the rest of the cast. The automotive co-star of the film's band of mercenaries' trade has been given a credible street treatment as it has been dropped with Heidts performance suspension products, and trucks hard on General Tire-equipped 20/22-inch Asanti five-spokes. Imagine being chased down and sprayed with bullets by a truck looking as menacing as this one. Now try to imagine a ripped, take-no-bull, wall of a man as big as Mr. Stallone behind the wheel and wielding the gun. Luckily, most of us will only see that kind of action in theaters.
To keep the '55 on the tails of its targets, an ATK-supplied high-performance 302ci small-block has been stroked to a beastly 347ci powerplant and is topped by several Edelbrock go-fast goodies. A B&M transmission helps the Ford cut its way through traffic like a blood-thirsty savage. The West Coast crew forged on by incorporating a Gibson exhaust system, Sanderson headers, MSD Ignition products, and a March Performance pulley setup to beef up the F-100's brawn. This truck, after all, was built to showcase a degree of balls-to-the-wall prowess meant to strike fear and fright into the hearts of its prey.
Inside the cockpit of this mobile corpse creator are two secret compartments, one underneath the center of the dash, which houses a 1911 .45 prop pistol, and one at the rear of the center console that conceals what we've identified as an MP9 submachine gun prop. You definitely wouldn't want to catch Sly and his killer ride on a bad day. AutoLoc gauges, Cerullo seats, a Flaming River steering wheel, a Gennie 'Commander' shifter, 'Orbit' knob, and carpet and headliner material from LMC Truck round out the rest of the non-threatening amenities found inside the Ford's cabin. The dash has also been smoothed and painted to match the same matte color as the exterior, for an all-around, under-the-radar appearance.