Lightning Fast: Pro-Touring 1968 Ford F-100

Vintage Ford pickups continue to grow in popularity with the “bumpside” or 5th generation trucks being some of the most collectible. This generation of trucks has always seemed to underappreciated compared to their 1967 to ’72 Chevrolet counterparts, but have become very popular in the past few years. This truck is a 1968 F100 and can be found for sale here on eBay with an asking price of $19,750. Located in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, the cool ride features a surprise under the weathered sheet metal.

Keen-eyed readers will notice the supercharger sitting on top of the late-model V8 engine. You are looking at a 5.4 liter Ford powerplant from a 2003 Ford Lightning. In fact, the truck rides on the entire Lightning chassis and drivetrain. The engine gets power to the ground through an automatic transmission.

The interior is a mixture of new and old and also features high-back racing seats. You can see the Lightning gauges along with a floor-shifter in a custom trans tunnel.

Here is the four-link rear suspension with coil over shocks. The body has been channeled down over the frame using the factory Lightning floor pan. The truck also features a front suspension from a Crown Vic, which is a very common upgrade to this generation of truck.

The truck has suffered a rollover, but the ad doesn’t say when it happened. There is some damage to the roof, but the ad states it hasn’t affected the door closing. Overall, this is a pretty cool truck and will be a fun ride for a new owner. What do you think of using a modern chassis under vintage sheet metal? Let us know.

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  1. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Ahh yes, the old “rag instead of a gas cap” bit.

    • Newport Pagnell

      “Molotov Style”.

  2. big mike

    I had a 69 F100 some years ago, and all I can say is this is a waste of a good old truck. Suffered a rollover, because somebody was most likely racing it, and not paying attention to what they were doing. Why do people take old classic’s like this and turn them into this truck. Maybe I believe in keeping a classic as classic as you can, but sometimes doing this to one of these old truck is to much. Granted I have put new crate engines and tranny’s in some of my old classics, but I have never gone to this extreme. But as my Wife always tells me to each is his own, I don’t own it so I can’t tell them what I think!!!!
    Just saying!!!!

    • CanuckCarGuy

      I currently own and drive a ’71 F100, which remains stock and largely original to this day. I’ve seen two other Bumpsides in my small town, and those trucks are both modified…beyond a return to stock. I get that there’s a ‘cool factor’ to the featured truck, but for me preserving the originality is an obligation to my truck as well as those with childhood memories of a Bumpside. I get a great deal of enjoyment from hearing folks tell me about the F100 their father or grandfather owned back in the day, or taking pictures of it to share with their father or grandfather.

    • ctmphrs Member

      Just because it,s old does not make it a classic

    • Dennis

      First of all you don’t have a clue what you are talking about. “Classic truck” was wading away in a field. Floor was rusted out, bed was rusted out, motor was sieved up, and several body panels were rusted out. Second of it were in good working condition it wouldn’t even be safe at highway speeds with the terrible suspension and brakes it came with, last it went off the road avoiding an accident. So to sum it up. Saved it from rotting in a field, made it enjoyable to drive, RACED it on several closed circuit tracks, and had a horrible accident. I can tell you would rather it sit in your back yard until you could get around to doing something with it which would likely never happen. This is my assumption of you. Glad I could tell you what I think.🤭

  3. Bsherm

    While I applaud the seller’s idea, its execution looks subpar and the rollover damage certainly doesn’t add to the value. I pity the person who plunks down 19k and gets stuck fixing the myriad of issues.

    • 68custom

      The asking price seems ambitious when you consider the damage suffered as a result from the accident. But with my opinion and a couple of bucks one could buy a nice cup of joe!

  4. dave

    An ‘03 Triton is close to, or exactly at, the dreaded snapping/seized spark plug issue, and the hellishly bad intake manifold…

  5. MFerrell

    I understand the appeal of marrying classic styling to modern convenience/performance, giving you the best of both worlds. I think it is much more difficult than people realize. Unless you take it to the level of a new vehicle through and through, you end up with the worst of both worlds – all of the worn out unreliability of an old vehicle married to the most frustrating lemon of a new vehicle. This Ford pickup seems like a decent start, but is only a start. Needs to be finished with a master’s touch to achieve it’s goal.

  6. Dean

    Wonder if it was rolled over with the rag in the filler neck, or if they lost the cap during the rollover. Either way, one would be better off just getting a Lightning to start with.

  7. Gaspumpchas

    That conversion is a lot of work, and the crown vic front end is a lot in itself. Curious why this guy would chose a damaged cab for all this work. Plus lots of nice fab work underneath that’s rusty. Guess its all part of the rat rod thing, which isn’t my bag. Whoever plunks down 19 large better be sure he knows what he’s getting into. My $.02 worth. good luck to the new owner.


  8. Carappraiser

    Over priced rubbish, nice idea but poorly done, fill it up with gas, light the rag and walk away !

    • Zack DeMundo

      Better still, leave some air in the tank: bigger boom!

      I had a ’70 250 long bed with a 390 as my primary vehicle and work truck in the days of one of the gas crunches or other, when you could only buy gas on odd or even calendar days matching the last digit on your license plate. (They called them “tags” in Florida.) Mine had a out of state plate, so I was exempt (don’t want to inhibit the tourists!) and that was a good thing because it only got 7 mpg on a good day.

      That thing ran great right after you set the valve adjustment, which, unfortunately was required quite often because, for some reason, they wouldn’t stay put; I think there was an oil starvation issue that contributed and it was beyond my capacity to do anything about that at the time.

      One day I woke up after work to the fire department beating on my door and looked past the fireman to see the back of my truck in flames. Apparently, it was a bad idea to leave damp sponges which had been used to clean grouted terra-cotta tile that had been sealed with linseed oil, in a bucket in the back in the Miami heat: spontaneous combustion! Amazing how hot they burned. The blackened paint on the rear of the cab and the missing rear window added to the Mad-Max look of it.

      I was lucky to survive my youth.

  9. G.W.Gilmore

    Nope not for 20,000 it would have to look just a little better then this one does for that kind of money.? My opion and we all got em.

  10. DAVID6

    😲 i have a 68 f250 camper special, 390 replaced with 70 warmed over dove 429 & c6, no accident’s, rust,
    duel sided sunroof, i have a very good 6′ bed i was going install, but
    life goe’s on i was a passenger in
    car crash woke up 62 day’s latter
    with broken neck, that said i have
    9 more projects, nothing newer
    than 73 (310)(906)(5887) or text

    • Gaspumpchas

      david6, sorry to hear about your car crash and wish you a speedy recovery so you can get back to your projects. Best wishes.


  11. John

    I prefer unrolled.


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