A Lowered and Bagged Childhood Dream Come True
Since John Johnson was a kid, he has always loved lowered and bagged trucks. At age 18, he purchased his first truck, a 2000 Chevy S-10. Not long after, he and a friend bagged it. John drove it around for six or seven years, body dropped it and then lost interest. He told himself that once he was finished with welding school and working a stable, good job, he would build another custom truck.
The time finally came. John started his search for a Chevy C-10, but he didn’t find any that stood out to him. While flying home from a job out of town, John began to Google bagged and bodied Ford F-100s, but again didn’t come across many. Luckily for us, John and his girlfriend decided to go to the beach for vacation and saw it—a 1969 Ford F-100 was parked in a pawn shop parking lot across the street from their hotel room. After checking it out and wheeling and dealing a little, John became its new owner and, with the help his friend Andrew, picked it up the following Monday.
Upon arrival back at his house, John and Andrew immediately started tearing down his F-100. With the truck stripped to bare frame, John welded in the Mustang II front clip. John tried to bolt up his 20-inch wheels, but that didn’t work. So, he cut the suspension back out and contacted Martin at Soulless Innovations to design a new front clip that would work with his wheels.
Five and a half years later, John built a truck you absolutely must see in person.
While the front clip was being made, John went ahead and installed the Ford 9-inch rear end and Thor Bros parallel four-link with a Watt’s link to hold it in place. He also added a monster notch to make sure the frame would rest on the ground. After picking up the new front clip, he welded it in place and was finally good to go. Before adding the wheels, however, a Wilwood brake system was installed. Now ready for rollers, powdercoated Mobsteel D-towns in 20×8- and 20×11-inch sizes, wrapped with Nexen tires, were bolted up.
After watching about 500 hours of YouTube videos on building a Ford 460, it was time to tackle the motor. The list of goodies to build the motor are endless, but the main question after building the motor was, would it fire? The answer is yes!
With the chassis and motor complete it was time to take care of the body. John realized that at some point, his truck was painted with house paint. Removing it would not be easy, but two weeks later, 98% of it was removed with the help of plenty of graffiti remover, paint scrapers and various Scotch-Brite pads, leaving the original paint. John wet sanded, buffed and waxed it to the patina you see here. John and friends then mated the body with chassis.
One advantage of always being on the road is that you are always finding stuff you need in the weirdest places. While traveling, he came across a factory bench seat with good foam in great shape for $40. Jonathan J. Albert is responsible for re-covering the bench seat with distressed leather using diamond tuck stitching on the inserts. John then installed the red 5-point harness, while he left the rest of the interior stock.
The list of goodies to build the motor are endless, but the main question after building the motor was, would it fire? The answer is yes!
Five and a half years later, John built a truck you absolutely must see in person. John would like to thank everyone that helped him along the way, including his lovely lady Kelly for putting up with this expensive hobby and the countless hours he has spent in the shop, and everyone else that helped: Andrew Starling, Rodney Newton, brother Josh, Chris Dillon and Martin Fountian at Soulless Innovations.
1969 Ford F100
Truck Name: Marvin
- Ford 460 Angus Racing CNC ported aluminum heads
- ARP head studs
- Comp Cam Thumper series cam kit
- Comp aluminum roller rockers
- Manley stainless steel valves
- 3/8-inch chromoly push rods
- Comp Cams hydraulic lifters
- Ford Racing tall aluminum valve covers
- Earl’s Performance PCV valves w/ oil catch can
- Ford Performance high flow water pump
- Powermaster mini starter
- CVF Racing billet pulleys
- MSD Pro Billet distributor w/MSD Blaster 2 coil
- MSD plug wires
- Billet Specialties plug wire holders
- Holley Sniper EFI
- GM Saginaw power steering pump
- Derale dual electric fans w/ shroud
- Aluminum radiator
- American Autowire upgraded harness
- Hedman headers
- 3-inch stainless steel exhaust, pie-cut
- Black Widow mufflers
- Narrowed Ford 9-inch Trac-Lok limited slip differential
- Melling high flow oil pump
- Edelbrock performer intake manifold
- Soulless Innovations front crossmember
- Fully Boxed in tig welded frame
- Thor Bros parallel four-link
- Thor Bros Watt’s link
- 2-inch lowering spindles
- Wilwood forged Dynalite front brake kit
- Wilwood forged Dynalite rear kit
- Airlift 3H air management
- QA1 shocks front and rear
- Stainless steel braided brake lines
- Wilwood manual master cylinder
- FLO Air Ride 5-gallon tank
- 1/4-inch copper hardline
- 8-inch C-notch
- 20×8 Mobsteel D Town front
- 20×11 Mobsteel D Town rear
- Custom built bead rolled inner fenders
- Modshop Inc. roll pan
- Buffed and waxed original paint
- Wooden bed floor w/red bed strips
- Bead rolled inner bed panels
- Split back bench seat w/ stitched diamond pattern
- OMP red 3-point racing harnesses
- American Shifter floor shifter
- Fat Fender Garage Airlift and Holley Sniper hideaway controller mounts
- Dakota Digital VHX gauges
Future Planned Upgrades
- Change from patina to glossy paint