OK, so, I've mentioned this off and on in EDC use threads, and the 3 good vibes thread before, and have had a couple inquiries for my info... Most recently @Brtsmpsn asked about a build thread... so this thread is his fault I've always wanted a full size short bed pickup, the size and turn radius is great to drive, an amaing difference over a long bed/wheel base truck for only 16" of difference. And 73 to 79 fords are my preffered brand/body style, so thats what I went with. The problem was, in 25 years addicted to looking at and being around these trucks, I'd only ever seen ONE short bed 73-79 Ford pickup. EXTREMELY rare up here. SO, here I am about a 1/4 of the way into shortening a long bed/long wheel base truck. The general goal is a ~10(or as close as i can get ) second quarter mile truck that I can daily drive in the summer, and play around with. Ive out grown my ''need for speed'', but I Love acceleration. Don't care if it will get much over 100mph, but I wanna get there fast. A few other goals are right hand drive. Easy if I could find an Ausie parts truck since they were left hand USA trucks with a factory conversion; I could bolt in original parts. Not gonna find one stateside though, so this is a Lot of mechanical fabrication. Might never get to it. a slight suspension drop for better stance(easy but somewhat spendy depending on how I do it) and not having to take the next 30 years to pay it off. Yeah.... I can do that. Maybe the next 5 years though. So, here we go, some general history, starting when i got the truck in May of 2010; I bought the truck in May of 2010, for $150. Running, driving, Drove it home. It is a 1976 Ford F-150 2WD long bed, Trailer Special. Features include; 2 wheel drive towing package with 10,000 lbs tow ratting. 460 Big Block Extra cooling package heavier springs Air conditioning High output heater AM/8–track bed side tool box C6 Trans 3.25 Limited Slip ford 9” rear end The truck had a bad oil leak(rear main seal), about a quart every 10 miles(yes, seriously!), and it had hit something with the front right corner, making a bit of a mess of the hood, grill and fender. Basically I paid $150 for a running 460, and it came with a free truck wrapped around it. I had intended to part it out for my off-road ’78 Bronco project; The engine and trans, and cut the cab back wall off of it to finish the short-short bed pickup conversion on the Bronco. Turned out I liked the 2wd as is, and decided to keep it. This is how I kept and drove the truck till spring of 2011. Got rid of the stupid topper, and changed the mirrors; And bought a parts truck, a 1973 F250 2WD, minus engine, and bed. For $200. (proves how cheap I bought the first truck for since this was a great deal..) In early May of 2011, I finally got around to changing the mangles hood, fender, and grill. And ,I also got tired of the dull blech yellow, but liked the brown… So I did some hot rod scallops and went to black and brown. Krylon rattle can(which I had previous luck with on my Bronco). Cheap and simple to try a design idea, instead of wasting expensive paint. this was the outcome of the new paint, and body work. I kept it this way, and have driven it in the summers, for 2011, 2012. Its a good truck for light work, and daily driving to work. And FAST for playing around. I’ve had it to a little over 100mph, and still had throttle left… Ran out of road though! No changes in 2012. For that season I worked on paint and body on my then blue, now red ’78 4×4 F250 (that I have posted here in the what do you drive thread... ) I might keep the scalloped design when I finish it in "real" automotive paint... I really do like it, but I'm not sure on colors yet, and it ain't gonna look right with just any combo I choose to use. Am thinking tentatively about a deeeeppp metal flake hunter green, with the black on the front scallops. Dunno.