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2015 Ford F-150 Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Ford F-150: Big Truck Hauls Small Block

by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on October 26, 2015

2015 Ford F-150

My old pal Dean has more money than he knows what to do with. And he knows how to push my buttons.

That's why there's a perfectly good small-block Chevy and Muncie four-speed sitting in the bed of our long-term 2015 Ford F-150.

Dean just added a 1965 Corvette roadster to his sizable collection of toys. It's similar to the Edmunds '66 Corvette coupe, as it's also a small-block 327-powered car with a four-speed, but it's not quite as pure as ours. Dean's car looks good from 50 feet, but it's not numbers-matching and it's been "restored" a few times, but never really that well. It's not exactly a beater, but there's evidence of accident damage, the incorrect red paint is falling apart, and the frame is starting to rust.

So Dean buys this thing with a plan, and immediately dumps it at his favorite hot rod shop with orders to make it a Pro-Touring monster with a new frame, modern suspension and brakes, and of course a state-of-the-art powertrain, probably a 650-horsepower LT4 from a 2015 Corvette Z06 and a 6-speed manual. Total investment will be well over $150,000.

Then he calls me.

"We just pulled the 327 and the four-speed out of the Corvette," he says. "It's perfect for your Chevy. Come get it."

Dean knows I own a '55 Chevy kinda old-school gasser with a tired 350 and a junky automatic. He also knows that I've owned the car 15 years and have always wanted to convert it to a four-speed manual, but I've been too cheap, too busy and mostly too lazy to get it done.

"How much?" I ask.

"Nothing," he says. "I just need it gone. Plus, you need something to get you going on that '55. I'm tired of hearing how one day you're going make it a four-speed."

A free motor and trans. Sure they both need rebuilds, but he's right. This is the kick in the pants I've been waiting for. My buttons have been pushed.

Forty-eight hours later, the greasy engine and transmission were in the bed of our F-150, which performed the task brilliantly. The 70-mile drive from the shop back home was all freeway and the big blue Ford didn't seem to notice the 500-plus pounds strapped to its bed floor.

Securing it was easy thanks to the Ford's numerable cleats, both high and low on its bed walls and the Line X bedliner handled the job essentially unscathed.

On the way home I hit In-and-Out Burger for a Double-Double and the coin-op car wash to blow off the larger chunks of grease and oil, which revealed a nicely surviving coat of Chevy Orange. And now it sits in the corner of my garage. Waiting.  

Thanks, Dean.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

 

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