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.
With the engine and frame now acquainted, it was time to introduce them to their body. First, David and Kevin needed to bring in some extra help; this came in the form of Bruce Cottle and Darnell Sharpe. Step one was adding a third brake light and shaving the antennae, gas filler, and emblems. The tailgate handle was relocated and the bed stakes were filled. Next, the bed needed some adjustments to accommodate the monster tires that would rest beneath it. The tubs were extended and a bed hump was added. A three-inch cowl was also added up front to the stock hood for the engine to rest comfortably. It was then handed over to Darnell Sharpe to shoot the Ford with an acrylic clearcoated Ford Turquoise.
With the exterior complete, David and Kevin focused their attention elsewhere. For the interior, they chose a '92 F-150 bench seat for their '66 and had Kevin Hawkins of Salem, Virginia, wrap it in gray and black tweed. They also added a custom-made gauge cluster packed with an assortment of Auto Meter gauges and a black and chrome three-hole steering wheel.
After six and a half years of construction, David and Kevin finally accomplished what they set out to do. They have created the best of both worlds, a top-notch show truck with the power and performance of a pro street truck. For David and Kevin, I guess two heads really are better than one-as long as the second head is your best friend's and not your spouse's. So for those of us who are still trying to decipher the meaning behind Reno's cliche nickname, these two lifelong friends from Virginia have shed some light on what their state is all about.
Weld Rodlites shod with dinky...
Weld Rodlites shod with dinky Uniroyal skin make up the '66's front rollers. Out back, a matching pair of Weld Rodlites are stuffed into a big ol' honkin' set of Hoosiers.
Kevin Hawkins of Salem, VA,...
Kevin Hawkins of Salem, VA, handled the upholstery chores, but he looked to Auto Custom Carpets for the Ford's rug. The gauges are from Auto Meter.