That giant 454 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 is a tight fit in the Ford’s engine bay, but they made it work and it’s a blast to drive. There’s power at just about any speed thanks to an Edelbrock intake manifold and 4-barrel carburetor, and the finned valve covers and color-matched details help with the custom feel. It’s quite tidy and well-engineered, and much of the wiring and plumbing has been hidden out of sight to help with that clean look. A big Walker radiator with an electric pusher fan helps keep the big block from getting too warm and stock exhaust manifolds were used to tuck everything in tight to the block. The transmission is a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive which feeds a GM 10-bolt rear end hanging on leaf springs and tube shocks. The front suspension appears to be largely stock, although disc brakes have been added up front for safety. Twin pipes with mellow-sounding mufflers give it a hot rod soundtrack that doesn’t get annoying on long hauls and the chrome wheels and 235/50/18 radials are brand new.
Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States