1986 F-150 is an Unusual Turbocharged Race Truck
Looks like an average ‘80s F-150, but it runs the quarter mile in the mid-12-second range.
Ford F-Series pickups from the 1980s were rugged, hard-working machines, but one that they were not is fast. However, with a little work these old workhorses can be transferred into impressive performance pickups and the video above is a fine example of classic Ford truck potential.
This video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Willy Hiebert and it features a 1986 Ford F-150 that looks stock while laying down similar quarter mile times to modern muscle cars. That is impressive, but what makes this old F-Series even more impressive is the minimal amount of upgrades needed to get into the 12-second range with a 4,000-pound truck.
There isn’t much information with the video above, but in digging around online a bit, we found more information on this 1986 Ford F-150.
It is powered by an original 5.0-liter truck engine with a stock block, crank and rods, but a set of Keith Black pistons help handle the boost with a 9.5-to-1 compression ratio. The owner has also added a set of Trick Flow Twisted Wedge cylinder heads, a Ford Performance F303 camshaft, a bigger throttle body, a high volume fuel system and a 72-millimeter turbocharger.
The turbocharged V8 sends its power to the rear wheels by means of a built C6 automatic transmission while a set of drag radials helps make the most of the power. We don’t know the engine output, but this old F-150 gets off of the starting line and down the track in a hurry, so it is making solid power, even at just five pounds of boost.
Storming Down the Track
In the video above, the turbocharged F-150 is taking on a motorcycle, which is hardly a fair fight, but the truck actually holds its own against the bike. The motorcycle gets out to a small early lead, but the Ford truck keeps the race close through the top end, looking to come up just short of the win.
However, win light aside, this 1986 F-150 got to the eighth mile in 7.8 seconds while stopping the quarter mile timer with a 12.77. While there are faster trucks on the road, especially when we look at newer models, you would never guess that this rough of half-ton would run this well on the drag strip.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!