Video: Custom ’62 Ford F-100 With 1,500 HP 12-Valve Cummins

62_Cummins_1Ever seen a custom built 1962 Ford F-100 pickup sporting a compound turbo 12-valve Cummins? Well, you are about to meet one called “Django,” that thanks to ScottieDTV, we get to bring to you direct from the 2015 Detroit AutoRama. Randy is the owner of this amazing rig, and he said he started with the body. It was chopped, and the windshield was laid back, keeping it subtle, but different. He flush-mounted the windshield, and extended the cab.

Up front, Randy did a custom grill and custom bumper. The “cool hood straps,” as Randy called them, look like twin-loop belt buckles made from leather and steel. He also modified the front fenders to act as air intakes to help keep the brakes cool. The fenders are wider by 2.5 inches, and Randy moved them up 2 inches. The hood features “floating” custom emblems made from billet aluminum with the “Django” name cut into them.

He shaved the suicide-style doors, shaved the drip rails, and shortened the bed by an inch. The rear fenders were also moved up and widened. The side-exit exhaust gives it a custom street rod look. The bed is tubbed, and it’s all steel. There is no fiberglass on this truck, it’s all steel. Randy said he likes to work with steel, and just weld and grind it all to shape. The truck has a custom 9-inch Ford rearend, and RideTech coil-over shocks and Wilwood brakes are used all the way around. It rides on 24×15-inch wheels in back, and 20×9-inchers in front, with Pirelli 405 tires on all four wheels.

62_Cummins_5The truck in general, and especially the interior was inspired by the movie Django Unchained. Randy said he liked it, and that’s why he used the replica six-shooter imbedded in the center console and the silver belt-buckle door handles on the inside. The dash and center console are all steel too. It has an ultra-modern design, and is filled with Dakota Digital gauges. The truck has a Western-style look, but it’s still modern. A one-piece leather headliner and leather door inserts add the finishing touch to the cab.

Then it gets really different as you look under the engine hood. The truck is powered by a custom built 1997 12-valve Cummins as a base, but the Cummins has compound-turbos (BorgWarner S-400 fed by an S-500), and Randy said it makes more than 100 pounds of boost. The engine compartment is immaculate, with all stainless steel tubing, and a hand-fabricated intake. Randy claims that “Django” makes 1,000 hp to the wheels on fuel, but with nitrous, it will make about 1,500 hp. We sure wish we could hear this thing roar!

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About the author

Stuart Bourdon

Growing up with a passion for cars, trucks and motorsports made it natural to seek a career in that direction. An education in photojournalism, a love of the outdoors and years of exploring the waters, deserts and mountains of Southern California led to working on boating, outdoor, RV and off-road vehicle enthusiast magazines. Off Road Xtreme is the newest adventure in his life-long love affair with vehicles of all types.
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