For reliability and performance, it’s hard to beat a small-block Chevy power plant. The 283ci V8 actually runs stronger than expected and it fits nicely under the Ford’s pointed hood and is dressed up with all the familiar gear like a Brawler 4-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock Performer intake, finned Corvette valve covers, chrome and polished accessories tucked in tight to the block, and all those shiny and detailed bits tie the whole truck together quite nicely. The firewall was custom made to accommodate the Chevy’s rear-mounted HEI distributor, with form following function in a very trick way, and there’s massive cooling available from the aluminum radiator up front. It’s backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic and a Ford 9-inch rear end, and even after 27k miles on the road, the undercarriage and upgraded suspension components are still beautifully painted and polished to match the body. Ceramic coated shorty headers feed the Flowmaster dual exhaust system that has the right beefy hotrod tone but still hushes on the highway. Finishing the look, the combination of big-n-little American Racing Torque Thrusts with 195/60/15 front and 255/45/17 rear blackwall radials looks just right.

Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States