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F100 Builders Guide Magazine

F100 Builders Guide Magazine

Summer 2021
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F-100 Builder's Guide is the premiere car magazine for classic Ford truck owners and enthusiasts. Learn about vintage vehicles and how to restore or upgrade your classic Ford F-Series truck with modern tricks. Also get expert advice from other Ford F-100 collectors.

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United States
Engaged Media
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

“It was like a never-ending sea of chrome, with the distinct smell of carne asada coming from the barbecue pits just adding to my curiosity.” IT’S OCCURRED TO ME lately that although Chevy/ GMC C10s/C15s tend to grab a lot of the spotlight these days, historically speaking, Ford trucks have always kinda ruled when it comes to custom trucks. Some of my earliest memories of custom trucks involve F-100s. When I was about 9 years old, a neighbor down the street had a faded orange ’56 Effie that was slammed and sitting on turbine wheels and raised white letter Pos-A-Traction tires. The hood sat partially lifted, and when I dared sneak close enough to check it out one day, I could see the rusted, chrome Cadillac valve covers within the engine compartment. The…

1 min.
bedwood leverages modern technology to provide higher-quality bed parts

BED STRIPS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT FOR securing the wood floor to the truck. They also allow you to drastically change the look and feel of a bed floor. BedWood is proud to announce a detailed variety of 100% USA made bed strips manufactured at the company’s Hopkinsville, Kentucky, facility. By integrating modern technology, BedWood is able to produce a more accurate, higher-quality bed strip in just a fraction of the time. “The addition of in-house CNC roll forming capabilities was a natural fit for us,” says company CEO Jeff Major. “This vertical integration not only allows us complete control over product quality, but it also decreases our already rapid ship times on these 100% USA made metal parts.” Made from USA-made 430 BA magnetic stainless steel or a carbon cold…

1 min.
axishift: multi directional shifter adapter by lokar

Available in two versions, the standard AxiShift and the AxiShift Pro, both allow you to make precise adjustments prior to locking in the desired position. This is achieved by providing 360 degrees of axial rotation of the shifter lever as well as having the ability to tilt 15 degrees in any direction. The standard AxiShift simply bolts onto Tremec TKO 500/600 and T56 Magnum shifters, whereas the AxiShift Pro, requires replacing the shifter stub and ball joint assembly in the TKO shifters. The AxiShift Pro has all the features of the standard AxiShift but adds an additional level of both horizontal and axial adjustment. As with every Lokar product, both are designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA. For more information about the AxiShift and AxiShift Pro, please visit products.lokar.com/ axishift…

1 min.
fatman fab’s nice ‘n’ narrow ifs kit

AN INDEPENDENT FRONT SUSPENSION IS one of the biggest drivability improvements you can make to your hotrod pickup. Fatman Fabrication’s kits are designed to install easily to your original frame rails without having to cut your truck in half. You won’t have the handling and tire-wear issues common to Twin I beams, which are made even worse when dropped beams are installed. Track width is correct for the truck, unlike the Crown Vic swap that is 7 inches wider than the stock suspension. Radiator, bumper and sheetmetal mounts are preserved while a nice drop is achieved. Options such as sway bars, dropped spindles, power rack, QA-1 coilovers and air ride let you dial in the stance that suits your style and wallet. Upgraded brake kits include 5x4.5 and 5x5.5-inch bolt patterns…

1 min.
custom autosound usa-740 bluetooth stereo

THE USA-740 OFFERS Custom Autosound’s same classic look with today’s latest features. It now includes built-in Bluetooth, microphone included, that allows you to answer calls and get streaming music from your Bluetooth-compatible phone or device. A solid 300-watt peak power should be all the juice you need, but the USA-740 has Hi 4-volt, 4-channel RCA pre-outs and a subwoofer RCA pre-out for additional amplifiers. A USB input allows you to plug in a flash drive or thumb drive for playback of MP3/WMA/FLAC/WAV files, while a front mini jack auxiliary audio input and a rear RCA auxiliary audio input provide versatility for options like satellite radio, I-pod or any portable player you wish to use. Match the dominant color of your instrument cluster with user-selectable LCD color choices with LCD dimmer control. The…

3 min.
lone rander

SURPRISE! THIS FORD ISN’T A Bronco. Nope, not at all. It’s a 1969 Ranger. To achieve this look, it took merging a ’69 Ford Ranger and a ’72 Ford van. Keith Kyker and his crew Kyker Rod and Kustoms discussed creating this in a garage several times while building a bump-side truck for one of their customers. They finally decided to go for it while having pizza at a local pizza parlor. To get the frame on the ground, they started with a Chris Alston’s chassis with a custom 104-inch wheelbase and began chopping it up to achieve the look they were looking for. Slam Specialties RE-6 bags and a rack-and-pinion steering were used to lay the front at the proper ground clearance. Out back, Slam Specialties RE-7s and a Ford…