file 1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"

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20 Jul 2015 10:14 #1203 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"
Thanks Ken, we have a very talented team in our shop. Updates coming soon!

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21 Jul 2015 19:25 #1212 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"
Using the Lightning fuel tank was easier for the fuel system, pump, and fitment, but we needed to make the connection between the new tank and the ‘69 fuel filler location. The ‘69 had the tank in the cab, and the ‘02 uses a fuel filler in the bedside. This connection allows us to run a filler hose from the stock location down to the Lightning tank under the bed.






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21 Jul 2015 19:25 #1213 by oestek
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This truck will be a driver, so the owner wanted a tilt steering column and air conditioning, along with a good audio system. Here, you can see the Vintage Air A/C system coming together.

Stock “gutted” interior:



Original heater box opening closed off:



Vintage Air Gen IV unit installed under dash:



The hoses were run through the passenger side fender well for a clean underhood appearance.



Receiver unit mounted out-of-the-way…



Condenser mounted in nose.



Hose connection to condenser core through the inner fender, protected with grommets.


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21 Jul 2015 19:26 #1214 by oestek
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The unit will be controlled with the stock heater controller:



The Gen IV system uses electronic sliders to convert the cable controls to electronic signals to operate the servo motors in the evaporator unit.





A/C vents installed in the dash:



Here, Adam fabricates a vent that surrounds the steering column to provide a cool breeze to the driver.







We think it turned out pretty slick.


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21 Jan 2016 16:26 #2154 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"
As you can imagine, there is a lot of wiring to do on a project like this.

One challenge was to figure out gauges for this truck. However, we got lucky with this one. Dakota Digital makes a VHX series dash for the 1969 Ford F100, and with their CAN bus and OBDII Interface module, it actually plugs into the OBDII port from the Lightning to receive engine data from the ford EEC-V ECM.

Here you can see the Dakota Digital VHX controller and the OBD-II interface and the custom harness we made that uses weatherpak connectors. The VHX system is very flexible in that it allows you to use various engine sensors and connect them to the controller, which then drives the gauges.





The dash cluster:



And at night…



Of course, you can install this unit in a stock truck, but we were happy to have a way to read what the 2002 ECM was saying.

We mounted the controllers in the glove box.



The real estate was running thin in the dash, so we created a relay and power center that will live under the seat.



This bank of relays handle the electric fuel pump, the A/C power, the ECM power, and others.



We added an OBDII connector to the harness, and used a Diablosport InTune hand-held device to communicate with the ECM. This will allow us to scan and clear codes, and perform minor tuning and calibration changes. It will also allow us to upload a complete performance tune later.


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23 Apr 2016 15:41 #2497 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"
After running all the wires through the passenger side fender well, we decided to protect them with a custom inner fender splash shield. The original Ford design did not have a protective panel in this area, but they also did not have Electronics installed inside the fender.







We mounted a series of reservoirs next to the radiator including coolant overflow and supercharger coolant.



The customer wanted a new steering wheel, but we all liked the look of the original style wood wheel. One trick we've learned is to clear coat the original style wheel with automotive clear. This provides a very comfortable wheel with long-lasting polyurethane clear protection.



At this point, we installed an Odyssey Battery, added fluids and fuel, and started the truck. It had an issue because the original Ford ECM was looking for the factory dashboard assembly as part of the security system and would not activate the fuel pump. However, our friends at GRC Performance reflashed the ECM and removed the security function. After that, the truck fired right up! We actually took it for a few test drives and it drove like a 2002 lightning. It was a success!

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