A ’69 F-350 With An Unlikely Powertrain And A Super Duty Chassis
Steve Burris owned a 6.0L once. Back in ’05, he bought a brand-new Super Duty with one, lived with it and the engine’s problems for a little over a year, and then sold it and went right back to the 7.3L. Fifteen years later, Steve—now a ’67-‘79 Ford truck hobbyist well-known for resto-modding High Boy-era trucks and converting them to Power Stroke propulsion and Super Duty running gear—was ready to give the 6.0L a second chance. After stumbling into a deal on an ’05 F-350, the items required for his next baby were in place. It would be a crew cab bumpside creation sitting atop a Super Duty chassis, sporting a coil spring, radius arm front suspension, the aforementioned 6.0L Power Stroke, and a 5R110 TorqShift transmission. Some 18 months later it was complete—and we were there to catch a ride in it.
Body Work—Lots Of It
With bumpside Fords now more than a half century old, very few good body panels can be found near Steve’s northern Illinois home. Luckily, he was able to pluck various salvageable pieces—including the bed, front doors, and front clip—from a ’68 F-100 out of Washington state. And thanks to his exceptional fabrication and auto body skills, Steve was able to make a Kansas-sourced ’71 cab reusable. When he was done with it, the roof, front A-pillars, floorboard, and firewall had all been replaced. Then, because his Super Duty donor was originally an extended cab long bed model and he wanted to build a crew cab long bed, Steve had to lengthen the frame roughly 8-inches. In addition to his physical labor, Steve put countless hours of legwork into hunting down parts, be it through friends, fellow High Boy enthusiasts, or eBay.
Front Clip Fitment
Steve knew the 6.0L would be a fairly tight fit within the bumpside front clip, but having already performed similar body swaps in the past he packaged all heat exchangers closer to the engine. Steve saved considerable underhood space (and not to mention got away with scrapping the degas bottle) by ditching the 6.0L’s factory radiator and clutch fan assembly in favor of a 4-core, ’67-’79 Luxerad radiator and electric fans from Derale Performance. The aluminum radiator is located in close proximity to the Super Duty steering box, but enough clearance exists to not make it worrisome. The intercooler, which packaged just fine with the other heat exchangers from the Super Duty donor, is a CSF piece. At the back of the engine, use of the Super Duty firewall allowed for ample clearance for the 4-inch downpipe.
Fresh Parts And Added Pep
Approximately 40,000 miles before Steve got his hands on the 260,000-mile 6.0L Power Stroke, it’d been treated to fresh head gaskets and ARP head studs, brand-new injectors, an oil cooler, and a high-pressure oil pump. Clean, air-free fuel, and consistent supply pressure is delivered to the injectors thanks to a Driven Diesel regulated return combined with a 165-gph AirDog system that pulls fuel from the factory Super Duty tank. Squeaky-clean, well-refined tuning from Warren Diesel gleans every last drop of performance out of the stock injectors while a JetFire Stage 1 drop-in VGT from KC Turbos, a 61mm billet wheel unit with a 10-blade turbine, spools quick and pushes the truck into the 450-rwhp range.
Frame, Axle, Suspension, And Steering Work
With the Super Duty body and bed out of the way, Steve went over the chassis with a fine-tooth comb. The frame was hit with two coats of epoxy and then top coated, the Dana 60 and 10.5-inch axles were rebuilt and then later fitted with new brake rotors and calipers, and before all was said and done the undersides of the cab and bed would be sprayed with Raptor Liner. As for suspension, the ’05 radius arms were replaced with rust-free ’12 versions Steve had in his parts inventory, and 2-inch longer coil springs from Skyjacker were added (along with 1-inch blocks) to level off the truck’s stance. All-new steering components and a dual steering stabilizer from BDS Suspension were added to rule out any surprises once the truck was road-worthy.
Modern touches are intertwined with the classic features you’d typically find inside the cab of a ’67-’72 F-series. For example, the recovered original dash is fitted with Dakota Digital’s HDX cluster package, which looks right at home. In the center of the dash, the controls for the Restomod A/C system mesh very well with the RetroSound radio positioned directly above it. But, by far, one of the most notable features in the cab are its seats. Robbed from an ’04 Harley Davidson model Super Duty, they bring the comforts of plush leather and electric adjustability to the table. The front captain’s chairs are divided by a Harley Davidson center console.
A Homegrown, One-Of-One Creation That’s Daily Drivable
Make no mistake, Steve builds his classic diesel-powered Fords to accumulate miles, and this one was no exception to that rule. It was built to be driven—and that’s exactly what it gets any time the weather is fair. In fact, it’s also no stranger to dragging a trailer behind it, hence the Class V receiver hitch and the gooseneck plate in the bed. But the most important aspect of Steve’s ’69 is the fact that he performed 99-percent of the work himself. He handled the auto body, fabrication, wrenching, and electrical tasks all by his lonesome, and accomplished it in the 45×72 shop next to his home.
The Big Question: Will He Be Able To Keep It?
Thanks to the quality craftsmanship, a solid 450-rwhp 6.0L Power Stroke and TorqShift transmission combination, the rugged Super Duty chassis underneath, and the timeless styling of the sheet metal up top, Steve’s F-350 is the perfect blend of old and new. His unique, 6.0L bumpside creation represents a truck that’s capable of breaking the Internet one minute and that could also be sold for a six-digit figure the next. And while Steve plans to hold onto this one for a while, we suspect the build’s high-quality and well-executed attention to detail will eventually attract a buyer that offers a price too good to pass up. Rest assured that if it ever does sell, another ’67-’79 Ford project is guaranteed to flare up inside Steve’s shop.