Project Purple People Eater: A Sharp F-150 with an Odd Name

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Purple People Eater F-150 Finished

Dark metallic purple F-150 might be the coolest V6-powered 1998 Ford truck in America, featuring custom body work and a built engine.

The vast majority of the build projects here on F-150 Online are powered by a V8 engine or a newer EcoBoost V6, but the “Project Purple People Eater” is a beautiful 1998 Ford F-150 packing the original 4.2L Essex V6. However, this truck isn’t all show, as that original engine has been built from the bottom up, so this truck likely runs as good as it looks.

The Introduction

Pruple People Eater F-150 Start

The Project Purple People Eater Ford F-150 was first shared to the F-150 Online forums by owner and forum member “jamieeasley. The initial post walked us through the entire exterior portion of the project, showing us the truck while in-progress and when finished.

I’ve been here for a little while and posted a couple pics of my truck in another tread but figured I’d go ahead and give it its own thread. It’s a 1998 F150, 4.2 V6. I just rebuilt the motor after it spun a bearing and finished all the body work I had done as well.

I’ll start with the paint and body work. I shaved the washer nozzles, fender emblems, antenna, plastic bed caps, tailgate cap, rollpan, tailgate handle, tailgate F-150 and blue oval emblem and the body line across the bottom of the tailgate. I then molded on a set of side skirts to match the lightning inspired bumper. I painted the rear window surround, 3rd brake light and everything else.

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