1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

Veteran’s Special – Pete’s 1970 Ford F100

What’s better than a completely restored and resto-modded 1970 Ford F100 with 730hp? Building it for a Veteran-turned fireman. That’s exactly what happened at Classic Car Studio in St. Louis. What’s better is that Pete, a former US Marine, built the truck right alongside the expert craftsmen and women at Classic Car Studio.

1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

After leaving the military Pete continued to serve his country as a fireman for 23 years. Still, after a long career, he wanted to continue learning. This time around, Pete worked on something for himself in the form of a vintage Ford pickup and as you can see, the results are stunning.

Noah Alexander and his team at Classic Car studio have completely overhauled the truck with Pete right there in the mix. The new heart of the machine is a Jon Kaase-built “Boss Nine” 520ci V8 with Borla stack injection sourcing plenty of fresh air for the thirsty blue oval big block.

1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

Holley Performance engine management and distributor coupled with an MSD Ignition system keep the 730-plus horsepower monster firing on all eight cylinders. Rumbling down the road thanks to a custom Magnaflow exhaust, power is sent through a Centerforce clutch on to a Tremtec TKO 600 5-speed manual. That’s right, it’s a three pedal pickup.

The Boss Nine is stunning to look at, especially when you compare it to the motor that CCS pulled out of the Ford when they got their hands on it. Though the body of the blue pickup was in decent shape when Pete picked it up, the details left plenty to be desired.

The interior was completely torn apart, with CCS not cutting any corners on the build. Again, the end result is nothing short of stunning. The gauges are from Custom Speedhut and you’ll notice they’re replicated from the new Ford GT gauges.

1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

With one-off (reclining) leather buckets, Pete won’t be missing that bench seat any time soon. And with a Kicker audio system and Q-Series speakers he’ll be able to hear some tunes over the big motor up front.

1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

Of course, this pickup is a balanced build. It’s not just a good-looking high-horsepower monster. Underneath it all the team went to work with a Roaster Shop Spec Series chassis and suspension front and back. Inside B-Forged wheels by Billet Specialties (which measure 20×8.5 up front and 20×12 in the rear) you’ll find Wilwood disc brakes all around.

1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

With custom parts like Classic Car Studio’s roll bar, headers, and completely custom sheet metal bed, this is a 1970 Ford F100 like no other. While incredibly built, it isn’t overstated in any way. From the outside this truck is a standout because of the clean simplicity of the build.

1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

It’s low, mean, and hiding a monster of a motor. And when you get close to take in the details, you realize just how many there are. It’s a thorough build and Pete’s learned a lot through the process, too, picking up new skills along the way. As always, projects like this have a deeper meaning.1970 Ford F100, Classic Car Studio, Fuel Curve

This 1970 Ford F100 is a work of art, and it couldn’t be going to a better home. Thanks for all of your service Pete and enjoy the ride!

Trevor Ryan is a track day photographer from Northern California. He has experience in many different areas of photography but always comes back to automotive work in the end. To him, nothing is more rewarding than creating an amazing image of a car. Having purchased a ’66 Mustang almost six years ago, he had no choice but to end up immersed in car culture sooner or later. He also owns a ’99 Miata that he takes to the track. He has love for every part of car culture and besides track days often makes it to drift events, Cars and Coffee, tuner shows, and anything else he can find.