Not escaping Russell's hot rod truck theme was the chassis under the '69. In fact, Russell poured a lot of hours into the frame under his F-100. Starting at the rear, Russell C-notched the frame and relocated the leaf springs inside the framerails to house a 9-inch Ford rearend packing 3.73:1 gears stuffed in between a pair of big ol' Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires measuring 15 1/2 inches wide. Up front, Russell hung a set of AIM 4-inch dropped I-beams to house a set of Goodyear tires mounted on Prime aluminum wheels.
With everything said and done, Russell said it only took him around $8,000 to build his '69 Ford. He couldn't have done it without the help of his friends, his three sons, and his wife, Shelly. And that, friends, is the story of a Ford with a Ford that got built with the Ford that came from the Ford factory.