Behind the engine is a '73 Ford C-6 transmission backed by a B&M 2,800-rpm stall converter and shifter. To keep the temps in check, Jim added a 24-inch finned aluminum trans fluid cooler.
As evidenced by the images before you, Jim endeavored upon a great number of extensive body modifications, the most obvious of which is the 7-inch chop top. To get the body's proportions back in line, a full 12 inches were removed from the body. The wheels tuck up nice and tight into the wheelwells thanks to being channeled 4 inches. Not even the hood escaped surgery, as it was pied 3 inches. Out back, the dual side-opening doors were ditched in favor of a single door that opens from the top, like many modern SUVs. Once the body was massaged to get all the knots out of it, Jim sprayed the PPG Wheatland Yellow base coat, added the flame job, and topped it all with a white pearl clearcoat.
With the exterior buttoned up, Jim turned his attention to the interior. An EZ Wiring wire kit connects all the electronic components. What better way to display Ford-in-a-Ford power than with Ford Racing gauges in the dash. A 2000 Saab donated its front seats for the comfort of the driver and front passenger. As the owner of a sail-making business, we have no doubt Jim didn't hesitate to tackle the interior upholstery with yards and yards of tan leatherette and tan carpet similar to a Lincoln Continental's. The genuine oak beltline with chrome trim running across the doors and dash as well as the center console was also completed by Jim. Matching the interior is the tan Grant steering wheel. Behind the removable rear seat is a carpeted bridge-notch cover to keep the rearend from hitting the bed floor when the frame was C-notched.
Sure, it took four years to complete, something a professional probably could have completed in less time, but surely not for the relatively miniscule sum of $30K that Jim invested in his Ford. With a lot of hard work, dedication, creativity, and family support, homebuilt trucks can and do compete with the pro jobs; as evidenced by Jim McFarland's efforts, they even get the attention they deserve. CCT