We love old trucks that have more modern power hiding underneath vintage skin. The 1972 Ford F-250 in the images here is exactly that, vintage early ’70s metal combined with power and interior tidbits from much later model Ford trucks. A shop called Heavy Metal Custom Shop in Bellingham, Washington built the truck using a two-wheel-drive 1972 F-250 pickup.
The project took parts from a donor 2002 Ford F-250 and the classic truck and melded them together. The project started with the removal of the cab and bed from the two-wheel-drive 1972 chassis. The crew fixed the rusty metal in the cab and bed and left the original paint on the body.
To get the 1972 panels onto the 2002 chassis, the chassis had to be shortened by 8-inches to get it to fit the sheet metal. The suspension used in the ’72 is the original 2002 F-250 front and rear leaf springs, shocks, and brakes. The truck has an onboard Firestone Ride-Rite air compressor in the engine bay along with airbags in the rear. A 2-gallon air tank is secured to the frame rails under the passenger side of the cab.
In addition to putting air into the airbags, the compressor will also run air tools and pump up the tires of the truck. The electronically controlled transfer case from the 2002 F-250 was retained along with the automatic front locking hubs. The truck rolls on LT265/70R17 Toyo Open Country M/T tires on 17×9 KMC XD Panzer wheels. The most challenging work was wiring everything up. In the end, everything worked just as it did in the 2002 F-250.
Power for the truck comes from a 7.3L Power Stroke V8. That engine required a custom radiator and uses a Banks 4-inch turbo-back exhaust system. Power goes to the road via a Ford 4R100 four-speed automatic from the 2002 chassis. The finished product looks old, but runs like a modern truck and has plenty of power for off-roading. Check out this Road Runner swapped Ford F-100 pickup.