Ford and Chevy enthusiasts have had a rivalry going since the birth of the two logos. Depending on who you talk to, you'll get different stories about why they think one is better than the other. But the fact is that both of these manufacturers have built some of the most formidable off-road vehicles of the past century.
Coy Dehart of Morehead, Kentucky, has been a loyal and devoted Ford man for as long as he can remember. His dedication to Blue Oval off-road machines is evident in his '79 F-150. Not wanting to stray from his dedication to this manufacturer, Coy felt that the factory engine was quite enough to handle his off-roading, so he left it in OE condition. However, he did add an Edelbrock intake manifold and Edelbrock 600-cfm carburetor for some more power. He also added a 3-inch exhaust system with a pair of aluminum Flowmaster mufflers to help the powerplant breath a little easier. Edelbrock chromed valve covers and a high-output, chrome-plated, alternator enhance looks in the engine compartment. A Ford C6 tranny transmits the powerplant's torque to the wheels via a Dana 44 front axle and a Ford 9-inch rearend. Both front and rear axles were geared at the factory 3:50.
To make this Ford a functional off-roader, Coy needed some serious suspension. In the height department, he added a Skyjacker lift, 9-inch coil springs up front, and 9-inch leaf springs in the rear. A rear antisway bar and L&L ladder traction bars keep the rearend under wraps. Rancho RS 5000 shocks take care of the bumps and grinds, and Rancho steering dampers ease any steering pain. With his newfound height, Coy was able to fit the machine with a set of Mickey Thompson Baja Belted 39x18x15 tires on 15x14-inch Mickey Thompson Classic wheels.
You can tell when a person takes great pride in a vehicle by the attention paid to the little things. To the observant eye, it's the intricate and well-crafted details that complete a vehicle. Coy spent many hours building, perfecting, and detailing his classic Ford F-150. He really lucked out when he found his off-road project vehicle; the body was straight as an arrow with no rust. The bodywork was the easiest part of the buildup. Paint and prep were also a breeze. Ford Wimbledon white was chosen in a DuPont Chromabase, and was sprayed on by Darrel White of Olive Hill, Kentucky. The pinstriping and graphics were done by Kevin Gerry of Ashland, Kentucky. Body effects, a Lund visor, hoodscoops, and a tail wing give the 4x4 its unique character. A Grizzly bed bar was added in back for good looks as well as protection.
Rivalry often has a positive outcome, as you can see with the buildup of this Ford. If you think about it, there are really interesting differences between Ford and Chevy classic 4x4s. Fortunately, the war between the two has produced some unbelievable off-road machines. This is in part because of the my-logo-is-better-than-your-logo battle. One thing is for sure, with battles like this, we'll have some awesome classic Ford and Chevy 4x4 trucks around for quite some time.
SpecificationsYear/Make/Model'79 Ford F-150 Standard Cab 4x4
Owner/HometownCoy Dehart/Morehead, Kentucky
Engine400ci Ford V-8
AspirationEdelbrock 600-Cfm Carburetor; 3-Inch Exhaust With Flowmaster Mufflers
Axles/DifferentialsDana 44 (Front); Ford 9-Inch (Rear); 3:50 Gears (Front/Rear)
SuspensionSkyjacker 9-Inch Coil Springs (Front); Skyjacker9-Inch Leaf Springs (Rear); Rancho Rs 5000 Shocks (Front/Rear)
Wheels/TiresMickey Thompson Classic 15x14-Inch/Mickey Thompson 39x18x15 Baja Belted
Additional FeaturesGrizzly Bed Bar; Kc Hilites; Lund Visor; Hoodscoops; Tail Wing; Sony Head Unit 10-Disc Cd Changer