1980s Ford F-150 is a Crazy-quick Track Truck

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Looks like an average F-150 with an aftermarket hood and wheels, but it runs a 10.79 at 123 miles-per-hour.

Compared to modern half-ton trucks, the F-150 from the early 1980s was far from a great performance pickup, but the video above from the uRaceFilm.com YouTube channel showcases an old Ford that has been built to dominate the drag strip. In the video, this classic F-Series is taking on a Fox Body Mustang at New England Dragway and in stunning fashion, the F-150 hands out a serious quarter mile beating.

F-150 Versus the Fox

Unfortunately, there is no information on this Ford F-150, but based on the styling, we know that it is from the seventh generation, which ran from 1980 through 1986. The most powerful engine offered in the F-150 during that era was a high output, 351-cubic inch mill that delivered 210 horsepower, so while this truck might have an engine based on the stock powerplant, it is clear that the drivetrain of this pickup has been heavily upgraded.

Early 1980s Ford F-150

Running numbers like these, this F-150 has to have upwards of 600 horsepower, along with a transmission and suspension setup built to handle that power and make the most of it.

Aside from the drivetrain details, this classic F-150 is remarkably clean for a truck of this age. The body appears to be in near-stock form, aside from the cowl induction-style hood, although the wheels, tires and roll cage poking through the rear window make it clear that this clean, old truck is far-from-stock.

Early 1980s Ford F-150

As for the Mustang, all we know is that it is considerably slower than the old Ford truck.

The Battle

The footage begins as the old Ford truck and the Fox Body Mustang inch up to the starting line, lighting the pre-stage and stage bulbs. The camera zooms in on the truck just before the green lights drop, but the beating is bad enough that we don’t really need to see the Mustang.

Early 1980s Ford F-150

On green, the old F-150 rips away from the starting line, nearly pulling the front end off of the ground as it hurdles down the track, putting bus-lengths on the pony car and stopping the timers with a stunning 10-second run.

To be exact, the gorgeous old Ford truck laid down a 10.79 at 123 miles per hour while the Mustang appeared to be headed for something in the 13-second range.

Ford 10.79

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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