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Street Trucks|October 2021
A Lowered and Bagged Childhood Dream Come True
ADAM JOHNSON

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.

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, powder-coated Mobsteel D-towns in 20x8and 20x11-inch sizes, wrapped with Nexen tires, were bolted up.

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