If you're a high-quality custom car guy, chances are that you've heard of Icon 4x4. And if you haven't it's a small firm based in southern California that was founded by mad genius Jonathan Ward. He’s created some pretty wild resto-modded trucks in the past, but this may just be our new favorite. The truck went into Ward's shop as an unusually clean 1965 Ford crew cab pickup truck.
Instead of going the route that upgrades the original chassis and drivetrain, his team swapped out the old undercarriage for an entire undercarriage from a 2006 Dodge 3500 Mega Cab, according to Popular Mechanics. They wanted to take advantage of the modern truck's power and comfort. They also modified the Dodge frame to fit snugly under the body, updated every small exterior and interior detail piece. The 5.9-liter Cummins straight six now makes around 700 lb.-ft. of torque, which is obviously a huge upgrade over the stock Ford's output. Those are just the major changes, but Ward put together an extensive 25-minute video going over the entire build, down to the very last trim piece so you can watch for yourself on PowerNationTV.com.
Starting at 9am this Sunday, in Xtreme Off Road Ian trail tests a Jeep JK before and after a round of upgrades.
Then this 1963 Chevy C10 is Katie’s featured ride on PowerNation. She’ll be joined by one of the builders on the project, Nick Roberts from Nichols Paint & Fab. The owners gave the team a truck in decent shape and after a yearlong build this is what they did. Everything has been handmade from the inner fenders to the unique front end that held four headlights and now has just two with Harley Day Markers. It’s got a 5.3 liter making about 400 horsepower. Plus Marc drops by to talk about the Power Stop Ultimate Mustang he and Tommy are creating with drift champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr. And this is a pony car you can enter to win on our website. It’s a full block so make sure you join us.