Bad Bump: 1972 Ford F100

Don Richards’ ‘72 Ford F100 Styleside With A Blown Big Block

By Rob Fortier   –   Photography by Tim Sutton

If you hadn’t already gathered based on the dual 10-inch, gold-anodized velocity stacks protruding from the hood, Don Richards nicknamed his ’72 F100 “Bad Bump” for one not-so-simple reason: the long-stroke, 671 blower, 545 big block Ford Lima Engine horsepower not-so quietly nestled beneath.

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01 Bad Bump 1972 Ford F100

But it’s not just the healthy “motorvation” powering Don’s Bumpside Ford that contributes to that appropriate moniker—it’s a package deal, as it were, and one that transpired over time to become its current bad self.

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05 The beautiful white paint job offsets the scene

“I was given the truck by a guy who didn’t want to store it for his dad,” Don told us. “I initially installed a 390, lowered it, and drove it till I hit a plate in the road, destroying the stock crossmember.” Obviously this is where the real Bad Bump transformation began.

07 the 1972 Ford F100 are slightly resto modded

To address the wrecked frontend, Don opted to forgo repairing and/or replacing the stock crossmember, instead fitting the F-100 with an ’05 Crown Vic Independent Front Suspension, while the rear was updated with a ladder bar–located, Aldan American coilovers suspend the Versailles 9 inch rear end with a 4.56 billet locker.

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08 The styleside Ford F100 has an aggressive stance

The once-460 big-block that replaced Don’s previous powerplant of choice features a dual-keyed, forged Scat crankshaft with forged rods, 8.1 CP pistons, custom grind cam, and Pro Comp cylinder heads. Using a Don Hampton intake (only one of two ever produced in the ’80s, according to Don), a Mooneyham 671 supercharger utilizing a pair of Holley Sniper EFI’s Super Sniper throttle bodies (zinc coated, appropriately) helps force-feed well over 900 hp out of the Bad Bump though a Street Fighter C6 TCI transmission. A Holley HyperSpark ignition and Hedman/Flowmaster 70 Series exhaust help produce that power output.

10 A mooneyham 671 supercharger is paired to these beautiful velocity stackers

The mostly stock exterior (hood is fiberglass; bed floor is dimple-die/anodized aluminum) was given new life with a fresh coat of ’05 Acura NSX white by Osmar Mata/Cambra Speed Shop. Curtis Speed provided the perfect finishing touch by custom machining a set of 15-inch Halibrand-esque wheels now wearing skinny Nexen 165R radials on the 4-inch-wide fronts, with beefy Quick Time Pro 31×18.50 Hoosier slicks stuffed in the tubbed rear wheel wells.

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14 a winters shifter controls the TCI transmission

Finally, after Mike Swan had wired the truck, Don re-outfitted the interior of the cab in a semi-resto style with a heavy race-influenced flavor. Gold carpet with black vinyl/plastic accents have been matched up with a pair of ’17 Mustang GT bucket seats equipped with five-point Crow Enterprises harnesses. The stock instrumentation has been replaced by “old-school” Mallory analog gauges (flanked by the Holley Sniper EFI system) as Don described. Rounding out Bad Bump’s interior very fittingly are a Winters shifter, retro Grant steering wheel, and a Moon “go-fast” foot pedal!

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