Even if you can’t see this truck, you’ll mistake the sound for few others. If you’ve been around off-road racing for a few years, you might remember the Enduro Racing F-150 of Dan Smith and Dave Ashley, and its 8-into-1 headers. The 8-into-1 creates an exhaust note that sounds like an angry, high-revving Indy car. Brandon’s F-100 has that sound, but it’s not coming from the original ’72 Ford FE big-block. It’s coming from a small-block Chevy!
A Chevy engine in a Ford? Indeed! The small-block displaces 406 cubic inches and breathes
A Chevy engine in a Ford truck? It’s been done before, and it works great. Why is it such a desirable combo? Ford’s I-beam suspension delivers gobs of wheel travel in a rugged, simple package. Chevy’s small-block V-8 delivers gobs of power in a readily-available, aftermarket-friendly package. Bringing such a chassis and engine together makes for a sweet truck with an even sweeter sound.
Photo shoots go best on the weekdays. Off-roading areas are less crowded during the week, so it’s safer to run a fast truck through the rough. Another bonus is that the photo backgrounds are more controllable. The only bummer was that Brandon couldn’t be there, because it was a school day.
Rigid Industries LED lights keep things bright at night. Dick Cepek Fun Country II tires g
After checking out Brandon’s ride from every angle, hearing the headers sing their beautiful song, and going for a ride, we’ve gotta say this: “Stay in school” never sounded so good!
The Best Reason to Stay in School…Ever!
This is a no-frills, all-business competition interior, but everything’s within easy reach
Vehicle: 1972 Ford F-100
Owner/hometown: Brandon Arthur/Ramona, California
Engine: Chevy 406, custom Sheffield 180-degree headers modified for 8-into-1 collector
Transmission: GM Turbo 400 built by Culhane Transmissions
Front suspension: HRT Motorsports custom I-beams using Ford TTB Dana 44 beam ends and steering knuckles. Fox coilovers and bypass shocks, King bumpstops. HRT custom steering with Howe steering box and ram assist. Travel: 20 inches
Rear suspension: HRT four-link using a Mittler Bros. axle housing, 40 spline axles, CNC hubs and 13-inch brake rotors, Wilwood calipers. Fox coilover and bypass shocks, King bumpstops. Travel: 32 inches
Ring and pinion: Chrisman 10.25 gears, 5.00:1 ratio
Rear differential: 40-spline spool and matching axle shafts
Tires: 37-inch Dick Cepek Fun Country II
Wheels: Beadlock-model Ultra custom wheels, 17x8 inches
Cool tidbit: Brandon was racing across the desert at 90 mph before he was licensed to drive on the street!
More than a few panels had to be pulled to get this view of the 8-into-1 headers. They’re
Let the rails end and the tubing begin! Back-halving a truck is only a good idea if you’ve
That’s a Racer-X fuel cell under the spare. Check out the trailer ball in the middle of th