While Ray and Nick didn't have an opportunity to put the engine on a dyno, computer calculations estimate its output at approximately 550 horsepower and producing 525 lb-ft of torque-more than enough to move the candyapple red beauty along quite smartly. The exhaust system consists of Jet Hot-coated Sanderson headers and a pair of throaty two-chamber Flowmaster mufflers, with a 3-inch diameter stainless steel exhaust (the aft section beautifully polished) constructed by FabTech of Chatsworth, California.
Bolted to the engine is a modified C6 automatic with a polished aluminum case built by famed drag racing tranny guru Marv Ripes and A-1 Automatic Transmissions (now relocated to Vancouver, Washington). A-1 also built the 13-inch diameter torque converter. A custom Wenco driveshaft, powdercoated and equipped with 1350-series U-joints, connects the C6 to the 9-inch rear, which is equipped with a nodular iron third member containing a 3.25:1 SVO ring-and-pinion.
One unique aspect of the truck is its competition-style electrical system crafted by Steve Sanett, a neighbor of the Polidoros. A bank of circuit breakers are mounted on the frame, adjacent to an Optima battery, with soldered and shrink-wrapped aircraft quality wiring neatly routed to the truck's extremities.
A major visual with the Polidoro F-100 is the gorgeous candyapple red paint applied by Star Auto Body. Prior to laying down the hues, Star also shaved the doors and fitted them with remote opening mechanisms, removed the front and rear bumpers in favor of roll pans, recessed the rear lights and gas filler neck, and shaved the driprails. This baby is smooth!
The grille has been chrome-plated, Cibie headlights employed, and the truck bed fitted with varnished oak planking and polished stainless steel rails.
On the inside of the cab the stock dash has been fitted with Auto Meter gauges; with an ididit steering column, Grant steering wheel, and Kenwood stereo system adding the finishing touches. The stock bench seat, door panels, and headliner were redone by Chatsworth Upholstery using a combination of tan leather and cloth. The carpet mats are Bentley cut pile, black with black piping.
Some three-plus years and many thousand man-hours later, the project was completed-and rewarded with a massive Best Truck trophy at the famed Saugus Speedway Oldies & Goodies Show. That's the good news. The bad news is that Nick hardly has a chance to enjoy his ride, as it's too nice to be a daily driver, and spends the majority of its time with the family at car shows and cruises. Mom likes that.