1963 Unibody For Sale

 

Twin turbo charged big block 427. Over 1000 hp, for real. This thing is fast. The below pictures are all current.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a slideshow of the build.

 

List of details:

  • Chassis includes my Dodge Dakota based front suspension with tubular control arms and needle bearing upper cross shaft pivots. Lower arms are tube with Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings, MOOG ball joints, TRW Coil springs (Full height) with plenty of room to lay frame if you were to change to air bags. Airbagit dropped Dakota spindles with my tie rod drops to eliminate bumpsteer, Bilstein shocks, Custom fabricated 1.25″ 4340 Anti Roll bar.
  • Wheels and Tires, Currently has American Racing Torque Thrust II 17-8.5″ on the front with a Yokohama 255/40-17 tire and the rear is a 17-9.5″ with Nitto 555R 275/40-17 Drag Radials. I have an alternative set of Chrome steel wheels. These were built by Rally America and have 49-50 Ford 16″ wheel centers with 16-6″ wheel bands and the rear is 53-54 Ford wheel centers with 8″ wheel bands. Very nice chrome, have a bad set of Riken tires on the front that need to be replaced. The rears have Nitto 555R 275/65-15 tires. Both sets of wheels are included.
  • Engine is very stout. Consists of a 1989 GM 454 block. Stock 4 Bolt Main with ARP stud and bolt kit. Callies Dragonslayer forged 4340 crank, internally balanced and 3.76″ Stroke (427). Bore is 0.040″ Over and has Probe Turbo pistons, Skirts are teflon coated and have the crowns ceramic coated. Rods are Scat H-Beam with upgraded ARP hardware. Fluiddamper. New SFI rated Steel lightweight McLeod flywheel and Ceramic Street Twin clutch (easy to drive and not hard to push) activated by an externally mounted CNC brand slave cylinder and new Stainless Steel lined CNC master cylinder. Heads are Brodix BBO with mild port work, Cometic MLS head gaskets and exhaust gaskets. ARP Head bolts. Cam is a custom grind from Cam Motion (data sheet available) 288 duration at .050 and .640″ Lift. ISKY hydraulic roller lifters. Comp Pushrods. New Ferrea 2.25″ Stainless intakes, Inconel Exhaust. New Valve Springs and Lightweight retainers. Jessel Shaft mounted rocker arms, Jessel Belt drive timing set. Vintage Air FrontRunner drive system with Power Steering and AC. Intake is an Accel StealthRam and uses Accel DFI computer with wide band O2.
  • Headers are custom built 2″ Primary with 1/2″ flanges and V-bands throughout. The headers are Jet Hot coated. Turbos are Powermaster T70 and wastegates are TiAl 44mm and currently running 15# of boost. Under 2800 RPM drives like a normal rowdy Big Block, past that you better be ready. The rest of the exhaust system is 3″ and has Magnaflow mufflers. Sounds healthy but not overly loud.
  • Drivetrain. Transmission is a Tremec 3350 TKO Five Speed with the forward shifter installed. Driveshaft is a 4″ aluminum piece with 1350 U-joints on both ends. Rear axle is a stock housing 9″ to the truck, but is girdled and has a Strange Aluminum carrier with Daytona style pinion carrier. Strange 3.50 gear set on a Detroit True Trac differential. Strange/Currie 31 spline axles and Baer rear disc brakes. Suspension is a 4130 Torque arm set up with a panhard rod. Transverse leaf and Bilstein shocks.
  • Fuel system is a fabricated aluminum tank, Holley Dominator fuel pump, Aeromotive fuel filters.
  • Body work is mostly metal finished. Mods include the 1963 Mercury grille narrowed to fit within the F100 opening. Custom fabricated front bumper, and chrome grill surround. Front opening hood, shaved drip rails and rounded door corners. Dash has filled glove box and ash tray. Fuel filler and stake pockets filled. Body seams welded and filled. Paint is old, it is in need of a respray at this point. It’s House of Kolor Organic Green candy over Orion Silver base with touches of heavy sliver flake.
  • Interior, ’64 Thunderbird seats on custom platforms. Center console is actually the subwoofer box and a custom fabricated arm rest to disguise it. Arm rest flips up for storage and charging ports. Has a Kicker 3 channel amp, custom fabricated aluminum kick panel pods with Polk coaxial speakers. No head unit, just use an MP3 Player or if your phone still has a headphone jack, plug in and enjoy. Flaming River polished Stainless Steel Steering column and Moon metalflake steering wheel. Vintage Air Gen III 4 Vent AC/Heat/Defrost tucked up under the dash.

This is by no means a show winner, it gets used regularly. Reliable and road trip worth. Very comfortable to drive long distance, handles very well.

 

More new product in the store

Recently added are dropped spindles, engine mounts and a few other goodies.

Like this, a bolt-in transmission crossmember for stock Model A frames. Allows you to use ’35 up style transmission mounts and a 48-52 Ford F1 brake and clutch pedal set. 

 

Quick hits from around the shop

1955-1959 GM Dakota kits very soon. AND MORE!

Been working on the design for the newest kit to our line. The 1955-1959 GM Truck Dakota kit. We will have this ready by the end of September in two forms. Our standard kit that accepts the stock ’87-’96 Dodge Dakota componentry and this will be our first venture into a tube control arm and coil over front end! Yes, you read that right we are going to offer tube control arms very soon. I have been working on the design and the fixturing to get these to a reasonable cost. So look for an official release of the newest kits very soon.

We have also been working on engine mounts and bolt on anti-roll bar mounts. I have some almost ready to go for Ford and Chevy engines in the 35-56 F100 kits. I need to check fitment on the others before we release them.

 

 

New information regarding springs and brakes

I do my best to keep up with information on all of our products. I was recently informed that the earlier 1973-1982 Dodge D series rotors for the 3000 pound front axle take a different bearing and are not compatible with the Dakota spindles. I made a quick note on the D-series caliper bracket selection about this change and will soon update all of the information to reflect the correct interchanges.

This morning however, was a question about springs for the Dakota IFS kits with 302 Fords. This is a work in progress and as I gather more information about the spring selections I will add it to the list to help you guys get the most out of your front end. This new information about the spring selection is in the Dakota Tech section.

Instruction sheets for the 65-66 F100s

I have to apologize for not getting this done sooner, but here they are. A real set of instructions for you guys.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE INSTRUCTIONS

New product: D-series Caliper Brackets

We have started offering the caliper brackets that allow you to use the Wilwood D52 Dual Piston caliper bracket and the larger rotor from the ’73-’93 Full size trucks on your Dodge Dakota based front end. Have a look CLICK HERE

Now available in the Store: ’53-’56 F100 Dakota kits

That’s right! Available again, the really correct IFS kit for your Classic Truck is available. The only true truck suspension kit for you classic, rack and pinion, double A-frame rugged and designed to last. The correct track width, you can use readily available and inexpensive wheels and tires, two choices of bolt patterns, including a stock 5 on 5 1/2″ to match your stock or upgraded truck rear axle.

This kit can take your abuse. Designed for heavy loads or just a nice daily driver, this kit works with most engines including heavy diesel up to 1000+ pounds. With the addition of an anti-roll bar and a performance oriented shock absorber, it will carve corners with confidence. Add a pair of dropped spindles and get the stance you want, this kit will meet the demands of most all you need.

 

Zeroing in on the 53-56 Kits

Industrial Chassis Inc Dodge Dakota based IFS Kit

Industrial Chassis Inc Dodge Dakota based IFS Kit

The first run of the newest generation Dakota kits for the 53-56 F100s will be run by the end of this week. We already have a handful of pre-orders. Look for them to be listed in the store this weekend!

New kits on the horizion

I have frames for 1953-56 Ford F100 and 1955-59 GM trucks sand blasted and ready for prototyping. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for updates.