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(Marc)>> You're watching Powernation!

(Brandon)>> Today on Music City Trucks we button up all the details on our EBC F-150 and get it ready to give it away.

(Marc)>> And since we're done with that project, we take a little break from the hustle and bustle of the city and the shop, and we come out here to the country to a little place called Possum Holler Garage. [ Music ] [ engine revving ] [ Music ]

(Brandon)>> Welcome to Music City Trucks. I'm Brandon Burke.

(Marc)>> And I'm Marc Christ, and as you can see our EBC F-150 is making a comeback. Now this thing, although it may not be completely finished, it's come a long way from where we started.

(Brandon)>> This is an EBC giveaway truck. So, we had to throw the USR rotors and pads on there wrapped with some new shoes from Continental. We got the wheels from Holley, and then we went over to Summit Racing and got ourselves a lowering kit, exhaust system, cold air intake, and then we went to our buddies at CoverCraft to get some new seat covers, and to get rid of all that flashy chrome we went and got all the panels painted to color match the truck, and out back we finished it off with a deck drawer system and a nice tonneau cover, and wrapped up the outside with some cool '80s graphics.

(Marc)>> What's cooler than being cool?

(Brandon)>> Ice cold?

(Marc)>> Check this out. So, this is a console cooler by Dometic that's literally made for this truck, and it's a self-contained unit, and all you need to do to power it up is just plug this thing into the power source down here. Get that in and this just drops right in place. [ plastic squeaking ] Literally that easy. [ plastic clicking ]

(Brandon)>> Now there's one more piece of chrome that I want to take off this truck, and that's gonna be these fender emblems. We're gonna be replacing them with some black and red ones to kinda match the theme of the rest of the truck. Now Ford has these clips on the back side, which kinda make it a pain to get these emblems off. You actually gotta take the inner fender out, and then also cut this double sided sticky tape. I'm gonna try something a little different, and if it breaks the emblem it's okay cause we're replacing it, but if it doesn't cool, we get the emblem off. I'm gonna cut some wire. I'm gonna heat this emblem up, and hopefully we can cut it off in one go. [ heat gun humming ]

(Brandon)>> I think it's gonna happen. Let's not do that. I'm putting tape down so I don't scratch the paint with my pry tools. Even though they're non-marring they're still the potential for scratches. So, we cut this side already. Stick it underneath the badge. Let's get some more string, get up under the front. Slowly saw back and forth. Patience is the key here. Just trying to get behind this one. Small saws! [ Music ] Just one of those things you've really got to take your time. [ Music ] I wouldn't call it a complete success. I did bend the emblem. Okay, so that wasn't the best technique to get the emblem off, especially if you want to reuse your original emblem, but it did get it off. Now all we've got to do is get the tabs out of the fender and clean off all this double sided sticky tape. [ Music ] Making sure I didn't dent anything. Doesn't look like it. I think everyone's used a number two pencil. This is pretty much the same thing it's just bigger and it spins. [ drill buzzing ]

(Brandon)>> Just using some adhesive remover. Get all that sticky residue off. I'm gonna let that dry before I put the new emblem on. Unwrap this new emblem. That's gonna look good! Now this new emblem doesn't have the tabs lined up with the old. That looks sweet! Look at that! No chrome on the whole truck. That's what I like to see.

(Marc)>> When you're dealing with older vehicles, especially ones that have sat for a while there tends to be some things that are overlooked that probably shouldn't be, and the o-e-m fuel tank is definitely one of those. So rather than chasing fuel delivery problems and to prevent problems in the future you can turn to RockAuto for one of its brand new o-e-m style fuel tanks. This tank is made by Dorman to match the fit and function of the original tank. It's made of high quality galvanized steel, and then coated with a corrosion resistant paint to ensure reliability and longevity. It even comes with a new locker ring and O-ring, and RockAuto does have all the supporting components like sending unit, pump, and filters as well as some straps like we have here. this tank is actually for our square body and we're gonna be installing this before too long.

(Brandon)>> Up next, Marc and I visit Engine Power to put our upgraded F-150 street truck on the dyno, and the results are actually impressive.

(Marc)>> I'm gonna call that victory!

(Brandon)>> Now we're done putting wrenches on our F-150. We're not gonna do anything else besides put it on the dyno. Before we started this project we actually did a baseline test, and this is what the numbers were.

(Marc)>> Here we go! [ engine revving ]

(Pat)>> 315 horse, 342-pound feet. That's not bad!

(Marc)>> I expected 300 at the tire, not 315.

(Pat)>> That was spicy.

(Marc)>> I'll get in it before I start the pull. That way we've got a clean dyno. [ engine revving ]

(Marc)>> Now we're talking! [ engine winding down ]

(Pat)>> So you have peak numbers at 315 horse, 342-pound feet of torque.

(Marc)>> 315, 342?

(Pat)>> Nice! You've got to start somewhere.

(Marc)>> That's a great starting point. That's about what we would expect from a truck like this in stock form, but we did add a cold air kit, exhaust, and a tune. So now we're gonna see what those changes made. Alright we've got it all rolled out, strapped down, and I think we're ready to go. You guys ready?

(Frankie)>> Good to go!

(Marc)>> Gonna get her up into seventh gear, which is one to one.

(Pat)>> I don't even know how many speeds this has.

(Marc)>> 10! [ engine revving ]

[ engine winding down ]

(Marc)>> It just kept pulling.

(Frankie)>> 339.99, call that 340, and 441 pound feet.

(Marc)>> At what r-p-m though?

(Frankie)>> You turned 6,100.

(Pat)>> You could hear a little spoolage.

(Marc)>> It kept pulling!

(Pat)>> If it keeps pulling you keep on the gas.

(Marc)>> This time I'm gonna pull it a little harder. Here we go! [ engine revving ]

(Marc)>> I guess that's a good thing. That thing's rowdy!

(Frankie)>> It made 323 and 428 pound. Starting to get a little warm in it. It blew the exhaust off the back.

(Marc)>> I'm gonna call that victory, right? Thanks guys! We'll get it out of your way.

(Brandon)>> When you go to leave your house or work and your truck doesn't start it's frustrating, right? You rely on your vehicle to get your where your going. So, when a part fails you want to replace it with something that's as good or even better than your o-e-m component. Well, Duralast Gold's got you covered. Duralast Gold's alternators are engineered to provide amp output necessary for today's vehicles. Every unit is 100 percent new, not remanufactured, and triple tested. Component, subassembly, and end of line to ensure quality and performance. So, if you're looking for a product that meets or exceeds o-e-m quality look no further than Duralast Gold available at your local Autozone. Coming up, we take a trip to Saw Dust, Tennessee, and meet a guy who loves trucks and has a connection with a legendary country artist.

(Marc)>> Since we put the bow on one project, and before we get started on the next one we've got a little bit of time out of the shop.

(Brandon)>> And today we're here at Possum Holler Garage, and I heard he's got trucks.

(Marc)>> Not only that he's definitely a truck guy. Not only that he's got a lot of cool stuff here. You can probably tell from the outside of the building. Max is a unique guy and he's got a lot of cool stuff.

(Brandon)>> Let's check it out! [ Music ]

(Max)>> When I was in high school, and even junior high, I was always into the automotive. My father always had a truck that needed work on. So, I just kinda jumped in and started working on it, and ever since then I've always had kind of a knack for working on things. So, when I started restoring trucks, and I've always worked on stuff as a teenager and even kid. Over time I always had an old truck in the garage to tinker with. Then that just evolved one day. I told my wife, I think I want to do this for a living, and she's like, well we're getting ready to go broke because you don't know what you're doing. For the first few years it was pretty rough. We ended up doing an auction on t-v, and it ended being the highest selling truck, and we left that auction I had like five trucks to build. That was where the turning point was. I've had to make some decisions, and then I decided I wanted my own truck to work on, and I found one, and it turned out to be a 1954 Chevrolet five window 3,100 pickup truck. So, I bought this truck for little to nothing and brought it home and restored it in my garage. I ended up selling it to a country singer named George Jones. They called him "The Possum". When I bought this property me and my wife were walking one evening down the back of the property and I saw something walking along the fender, and I couldn't make out what it was. As we got closer, I realized it was a possum, and I said to my wife, look at that possum down there in the holler. I was thinking possum holler. I think I'm gonna go with that, and that's how I came up with possum holler garage. It was a coincidence, but George used to come out here and visit me. And he said son, I had a night club back in the '80s called Possum Holler, but he said I don't care. You can use the name. We kept it and here we are.

(Marc)>> Max I want to see some of the builds you've got going on, and this thing caught my eye right off the bat.

(Max)>> Radio Flyer wagon. We built it to delivery presents to the homeless kids. It's been a big hit. So, check this out. 1951 Ford F-1. We call it the murder truck, the murder F-1.

(Marc)>> I can see why!

(Max)>> It's got the massive Coyote engine. It's sitting on a Morrison chassis, Wilwood disc brakes.

(Marc)>> Modern everything.

(Max)>> It'll definitely carry the mail.

(Marc)>> That is unique. I've never seen one of those.

(Max)>> So this is something that I've built. We're very proud of it. Probably the proudest that we've ever been, and it's obviously a four door '51 Ford. We stretched the frame, stretched the running boards, stretched the cab. I remember I had over 500 hours in metal work on this. It's all custom from front to back. We're real proud of it. It came out real nice. We're getting ready to take it to a show in East Tennessee.

(Marc)>> It's gorgeous!

(Max)>> We're real proud of it. Out of over 160 plus trucks that I've done this is probably the one that we're most proud of.

(Marc)>> Let's walk around and take a look at a little bit more and want to tell you I really appreciate you letting us come in here and look around.

(Max)>> It's an honor for y'all to be here. When I first moved here me and my wife used to like to go to Cracker Barrel. I always like the atmosphere in there. I told, as I build my place and my vision in my head I wanted to have somewhat of a Cracker Barrel theme but with old vehicles and trucks. What it's turned into now would be every time I travel to deliver a vehicle I made a point to bring back a souvenir from a different town or state, and so what you're seeing behind you is stuff that I picked up over my travels. We're just gonna keep doing this until the day we can no longer do it. I'm hoping that it'll be as long as I live and continue. I hope that there's a younger generation out there that's also following me and other guys footsteps that do this, and maybe take over.

(Brandon)>> Next, what's more alien? A guy with a fat fender Ford or a guy with a fat fender Ford that doesn't have a field full of truck parts.

(Brandon)>> Dude, this thing's awesome. Like extra long bed. [ Music ] Looks like it was stretched. It's got a big block in it! This thing's gonna be sweet! I'd drive it like this. Welcome back to Music City Trucks. We're at Possum Holler Garage in Sawdust, Tennessee. Owner Max Davis and his wife Margaret have definitely carved out a little piece of nostalgia. And I'm not gonna lie, this guy has a little bit of everything. Mule Town Mania! Nothing says class like riding around in a bus covered in donkeys. That bus is full of jackasses man. Once you have all this stuff laying around you can just imagine what you could do with it, like a boat-truck thing. This is the redneck rocket ship right here. Drink a cold one, fish off the back. [ Music ] Max, I've got to say I was just in the yard. That's an amazing collection of truck parts, but a lot of Chevys. I'm kinda a Ford guy, and specifically '48 to '52 Ford truck guy, F-1. My dad's had them, I've got one, and this is probably the cleanest example of an original truck that I've ever seen.

(Max)>> In over 160 trucks this is probably the most original, what I call unmolested, survivor. This is the original paint. You know what? It's a beautiful day. Let's drive and talk.

(Brandon)>> You don't have to tell me twice. This is beautiful!

(Max)>> Ready, let's do it. This is a rare truck here.

(Brandon)>> When my dad sees this he's gonna freak. So, this is a second owner truck?

(Max)>> Second owner!

(Brandon)>> It came out of Texas.

(Max)>> Out of Texas, ended up in Tennessee.

(Brandon)>> I'm just lost for words cause of how nice this truck is. Like I said, me and my dad love the F-1 trucks. There's just nothing I would change about this truck. So, what all did you do? You said that you converted it to 12 volt.

(Max)>> We converted the charging system to 12 volt. So, it starts easier. We rebuilt the motor. So, it's got a 239. We just pulled the motor apart and freshened it up. Transmission, rebuilt it.

(Brandon)>> I see it says 41,000.

(Max)>> 41,000 original miles!

(Brandon)>> That's insane. Non-synchroed first and reverse.

(Max)>> You know the old saying. If you can't find them grind them. Back then years ago things were simple. You had four gauges, oil, fuel, temperature, and battery. Now days you've got 20 gauges, and I don't understand half of them. When it's all said and done only four gauges are still important.

(Brandon)>> I think the styling was right.

(Max)>> They've got what they call fat fender Ford. This is a fat fender Ford. Flathead V-8 motor. It's only got about 100 horse, but that's all you need. Also, in a truck like this, being a time capsule, you want that sound.

(Brandon)>> You don't want a turbo or a supercharger. You don't want the sound of a Coyote.

(Max)>> Not on this truck. This is that good memory truck. Cruising in to go get you an ice cream.

(Brandon)>> Stash my phone in my pocket. It feels like we're in 1950 driving in these back countries.

(Max)>> And that's why people love these trucks. It's because of the memories. This is a nice road to take a truck down. It's real pretty.

(Brandon)>> All this country out here is beautiful.

(Max)>> I did a lot of work for George Jones, and he said son, this is God's country. That was a pretty good line. Then six months later him, and Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, and a lot of the other ones made a song called "God's Country". And I said to myself, I wonder if that's something from when we went for a ride.

(Brandon)>> He just thought of at that moment.

(Max)>> These old trucks are just fun. This was a simple truck. Had only one windshield wiper, no power steering, no radio.

(Brandon)>> It was a work truck.

(Max)>> Other than that this truck will eventually end up back with the owner, and he'll enjoy it, and he can go to all the little car shows, and drive it around to these little, small towns, and have fun with it.

(Brandon)>> Like you said, a time capsule.
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