It isn’t hard to argue that the cars on sale today are among the greatest vehicles ever made. From a practical standpoint, these vehicles are safer, more powerful, more usable, and more efficient than their ancestors. And while we can all appreciate these improvements, gearheads across the globe still have an undying penchant for classic cars and trucks. Of course we don’t really have to choose between a classic car or a new one in today’s world. Countless shops across the country construct restomods and pro-touring builds for those customers who want the best of both worlds. Take the folks at Sweet Brothers Restomods for example, whose latest 1979 Ford F-150 hides an F-150 Raptor underneath.
This recent build by Sweet Brothers Restomods combines the classic styling of a 1979 Ford F-150 with the Baja-ready chassis from a 2014 Ford F-150 Raptor. That means this vintage pickup is equipped with the trick off-road suspension setup from the Raptor, including it’s Fox Racing shocks. The team also opted to retain the Raptor’s 6.2L V8 engine, though not without some mods. Thanks to a Roush Stage II supercharger kit, this F-150 now packs a substantial 590 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. We hope the Ford Motor Company is taking notes, because this is the powertrain their buyers want.
Sticking a vintage pickup body on a new chassis isn’t exactly plug and play. In order to make the Ford F-150 Raptor chassis fit under this truck’s single-cab/short-bed configuration, the team had to add four inches of sheet metal to the cab. While you may not notice it from the outside, the shop maintains that this has helped make the truck more comfortable. Speaking of inside, this truck features a unique custom interior that blends Raptor bits with old-school style. The seats come straight out of the Raptor for instance, and retain their heating and cooling functions. The team has even retained the front and rear view cameras from the off-roader, showing their thorough attention to detail. We’re not so sold on the addition of the wood-grain trim however.
We adore this sort of project here at MC&T. This truck’s new owner will be able to enjoy the looks of a classic Ford F-150, with some added piece of mind brought by the modern components. If this is the sort of thing you could see yourself driving, Sweet Brothers Restomods is accepting orders. Don’t expect one of these to carry a price tag anywhere close to a new pickup however.