The F-150 is part of the F-Series of pickup trucks that started with the F-1 in 1948.
Serendipitously, Henry Bueno, General Manager of Wagner Tuning North America in Fresno, California, discovered an old F-1 parked in the lot of a Falken Tire shop next door. Wagner Tuning, which is headquartered in Germany, manufactures engine and performance products including intercoolers. The intercoolers have been used to improve the performance of EcoBoost engines.
The intercooler has been used to improve the performance of EcoBoost engines in the Ford F-150 and Expedition. The modified engine delivers 375-385 horsepower. That is an improvement of 20 to 30 horsepower over the stock EcoBoost engine.
“We wanted to perform an engine swap that would be one of the first to include an automatic transmission,” continued Bueno. “We wanted to change the game.”
“The goal was to have a 1951 F-1 built around the EcoBoost platform,” explained Stone. “Wagner found the products they wanted in the build and I called the companies to confirm that they wanted to participate and to arrange for the products to be sent to me.”
Besides a stock 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, the products Stone collected included an intercooler from Wagner and a 400-338 air intake system from AIRAID that they had to modify to make it work with the engine swap.
When inspecting the engine compartment of the F-1, Stone concluded that fitting everything in would be a difficult undertaking and he discovered that there wasn’t much room between the firewall and the dashboard.
Stone had to commission another shop in Fresno, Painless Wiring, to make a wiring harness to accommodate the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and to make certain that it worked properly with the transmission.
With the area under the dash now vacant, many of the vehicle’s components were placed there including the brake and steering system, the front controls, the vehicle computer and fuse box. The crew also constructed a full chassis, control arms and suspension in-house.
Eduardo’s Upholstery in Fresno wrapped the entire interior including the doors in leather, Kool Hand Luke performed the exterior paintwork while Homie Paint Shop did the task in the engine compartment and interior.
Although Stone Custom Fabrication had the truck for about one year, the project took about four months. The vehicle debuted as a Wagner Tuning feature vehicle at the 2016 SEMA show.
Other products that are in the build include:
• Wagner Tuning Intercooler
• Dakota Digital Gauges
• AIRAID Cold Air Intake
• K&N Oil Filter
• Painless Wiring Wiring Harness
• Currie 9” Rear End
• UPR Oil Turbo Catch Can
• Turbosmart Blow Off Valve
• Specialties Suspensions Seamless Air Tanks
• Fearless Gear Axles
• Ididit Steering Assembly
• Rotiform Wheels
• Falken Tires
• Be Cool Radiator
• Magnaflow Exhaust
• Airlift Air Suspension Components
• Viair Compressors
• Baer Brakes 16” 6 Piston Calipers in front and 14” 4 Piston Calipers in rear
• Billet Specialties Steering Wheel
• Clovis Powder Coat Frame Coating
• Nex Gen Lithium Battery
• Meclec Metal Finishing
• CPP-Spindles and Suspension Components