Throughout history folks have made a habit of coining clich phrases to describe cities and states throughout our country, such as California, The Golden State; Minnesota, The Land of a Thousand Lakes; or even Reno, Nevada, The Biggest Little City in The World. These nicknames are usually derived from special circumstances, like the Gold Rush of '49 or the abundance of lakes in Minnesota, but quite frankly, we are still trying to figure out exactly what they mean about Reno. Another more self-explanatory motto is Virginia is For Lovers. Although to most of us this brings the sound of wedding bells to mind, it rings a far different tune to some.
David A. Scruggs of Moneta, Virginia, found love in his great state, only it came in the form of an old Ford truck. Over his 40 years of existence, David has found a passion for mid-'60s Ford F-100s. Already the proud owner and builder of '64, '65, and '66 F-100s, David and his best friend Kevin Fike needed a new project. After a few moments of deliberation, they decided on yet another '66 Ford F-100. Their next decision was whether to build it into a show truck or a pro street truck. They decided to do both.
They began the build with the chassis. David kept the stock Ford frame, but it required major modifications. In order to achieve the desired stance, they installed a set of drop I-beams from AIM Industries in the front, and a set of ladder bars with custom-mounted airbags out back. To complete the job, they threw on a pair of 15x5 Weld Rodlites with Uniroyal tires in the front and 15x15 Weld Rodlites in the rear with Hoosier tires. They also added a '66 Ford 9-inch positrack rearend to turn the monster wheels out back.
With the frame intact, they could began work on the heart of their F-100, the engine. They decided to add some youth to their '66 and dropped in a '69 Ford 429 with a compression ratio of 10.5:1. They also slapped on a set of ported Dove heads and a Weiand Stealth intake manifold. Breathing life into their monster is a Holley Street Dominator carburetor and a K&N air filter. Exhaling for their Ford is a set of Hedman headers. Link this together with a '74 F-150 transmission and A + B = about 500 horses of pure motor.
David estimates the horsepower...
David estimates the horsepower of his '66's '69 429-inch motor at around 500. Starting from the top end down, the big Blue Oval runs a Holley Street Dominator on a Weiand Stealth intake manifold and a COMP cam with a geardrive.