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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ford Never Built an F-100 Boss 302 Pickup, But Someone Did

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Combine the words “Boss” and “Mustang,” and you’ve likely struck a chord with Blue Oval fans. The famous Boss 302 brought the Ford Mustang its 1970 Trans-Am championship, and its road car brethren remain some of the most popular ‘Stangs to collect to this day. 
 
For those wishing Ford did a bit more with its fan-favorite “Boss” moniker, well… consider your prayers answered.

In the run up to the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, On The Ground Designs (OTG) decided to bring that name to the storied F-series line, and it did so with this jaw-dropping 1973 F-100. According to the company, it all began humbly with a $2,500 pickup rescued from a field. Today, it’s quite the showstopper.

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On The Ground created the Boss F-100 as a promotional vehicle to help launch its new site, and linked-up with the folks at Vortech Superchargers to help make the concept a reality. As you might expect, there’s a burly Vortech V-3 supercharger and air-to-air intercooler stashed under the hood, but it’s no longer connected to the F-100’s original 390 V8. Instead, a Ford Coyote crate engine has been shoehorned in, along with the air intake from the last iteration of the Boss 302.

Horsepower goes undefined, but it’s routed to the rear wheels through a Ford 4R70W automatic, and is estimated in the region of 620 to 630 hp at the crank. That’s what you’d call, a lot.

Grip is provided by a set of B-Forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires, which tuck in nicely next to the truck’s low-slung Accuair air-ride suspension setup. According to OTG, outfitting the aggressive truck was no easy task, and involved some pretty serious suspension fabrication with a near “impossible” deadline.

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Thankfully though, with no time to spare (and the paint barely dry) the Boss build was wrapped up and hustled to Las Vegas in time for SEMA, going on display at the Vortech booth. The Boss’ total costs are said to surpass $150,000 in parts and labor, and frankly it shows. Rather, it shines. The paint? That’s the same red you’d find on an Audi RS4.

Inside it’s a different story. The Boss F-100 goes dark with a stunning combination of black leather, suede, and a black dashboard, bringing a nice contrast to the otherwise vibrant exterior.

Like it? You’re in luck. The Boss 302 F-100 recently emerged on eBay, with bidding already topping the $60,000 mark.