We have seen our fair share of cool project vehicles. While most of them capture our attention are fast, powerful, and attractive, Harvey Hutch’s 1963 F100 stopped us in our tracks for another reason. It was the truck’s little bit country looks contrasting with its little-bit-rock-’n-roll powerplant that had us scrambling for our cameras.
As it turns out, Harvey’s project was a mechanical 12-step program to keep up running on the straight and narrow, rather than constantly chasing a broken down import meant to go slideways.
The truck project was to keep me from relapsing and getting back into drifting. — Harvey Hutch
Rather than writing a break-up song about this drifting ex, Harvey decided to embark on a break-up build bearing the pop-country songstress’ moniker. The trick was finding the right vehicle. Choosing something that was diametrically opposed to his import drifter.
“The purpose of this truck is to be a well-rounded street machine — something that’s cool, that I can take to the grocery store, take to the track, mess around on the street, take to the car show, take it on road trips, oh and of course, do massive burnouts,” Harvey explained. “I wanted a truck because I’m a working class truck guy,” Harvey explained. “Luckily a friend of mine had this one buried in his garage. I wanted to buy it, but the truck ended up with someone else and then he was selling it. I ended up working out a deal and traded another car I had for it, so it all worked out.”
I wanted the presence of the truck to be very traditional. — Harvey Hutch
If you aren’t familiar with Harvey, until recently he spent his days at Power by the Hour in Boynton Beach, Florida, helping create some amazingly powerful machines. These days he uses his welding torch to create works of art, furniture, and home décor from scrapped mechanical parts at Hutch’s Welding. He will also fabricate automotive parts for your custom build. In short, he is great at building things and he put those skills to use constructing this 1963 F100 project, but a modern powertrain was a key part of the plan.
Coyote Swap Them All
“Reliability and comfort is my concern. I’ve had a car that I ended up destroying by turning it into a race car, it started out as street car and I gutted the whole thing and it ended up being a trailer queen. The only way I could enjoy it was to trailer it a track, which got old fast, but that’s another story,” Harvey confessed. “With the reliability in mind I needed a modern powerplant, so why not a Coyote, with twin turbos? I’m a straight-up turbo guy, and since I aided in the development of the Fluid Turbo Concepts kit, it was a no brainer.”
While the idea of Coyote swaps is becoming more pervasive, especially in older Mustangs, making this move in an early F100 presented a few challenges, which Harvey deftly overcame.
“The engine is a 2014 Mustang GT Coyote equipped with the PBH swap brackets, including OEM A/C, power steering, and a Coyote alternator,” Harvey said. “It is run by a Ford Performance Control Pack PCM and Lund Racing tuning. While the Fluid Turbo Concepts Mustang GT turbo kit hot side — which are the manifolds and downpipes designed for a 2010-2014 GT — the rest is a Harvey Hutch special with a custom cold side, intercooler, and piping.”
Mounting this combination in the front of the truck, required a bit of creative thinking, so Harvey chose a more modern front subframe, but not one from a Mustang.
“I did the Crown Vic front clip because I wanted a modern OEM suspension, disc brakes, and power steering, and with reliability in mind. I wanted easy serviceability, with this thing being a driver in mind if I ever need a part away from home I wanted to able to source it from a local auto parts store,” Harvey said.
Carrying that easily serviceable theme, Harvey selected a familiar 8.8-inch rearend out back. Rather than a Mustang unit though, he opted for one of Ford’s SUV axles.
“The rearend is from an Explorer. I went with a 8.8 because I am familiar with them, we have proven them to work,” he said. “We even offer a built PBH 8.8, which is in the plans for the future. Also they are narrow so you can put a deep-lip wheel behind it.”
Taylor Swift 1963 F-100 Mods
Block: Stock 2014 5.0-liter Coyote
Cylinder Heads: Stock
Power Adder: Fluid Turbo Concepts twin-turbo kit w/ Magnum turbochargers and a CXracing intercooler
Fuel System: Walbro 460 fuel pump w/ Fragola Pro Flow lines, stock fuel rails, GT500 fuel injectors and a Fore Innovations fuel pressure regulator
Exhaust: Fluid Turbo Concepts exhaust manifolds w/ 2014 Mustang GT X-pipe and Magnaflow mufflers
Transmission: Tremec TR-6060 from a 2014 GT500 Track Pack w/ a Hurst shift handle, a McLeod RXT clutch and a Ford Performance aluminum driveshaft
Rearend: Ford Explorer 8.8-inch w/ GT500 differential and 4.10 gears
Engine Management: Ford Performance Controls Pack PCM w/ Lund Racing calibration
Ignition: Stock w/ NGK spark plugs
K-member: Stock 2003 Ford Crown Victoria
A-arms: Stock 2003 Ford Crown Victoria
Struts: Stock 2003 Ford Crown Victoria
Springs: Stock 2003 Ford Crown Victoria
Brakes: Stock 2003 Ford Crown Victoria
Wheels: Stock 2003 Ford Crown Victoria 15-inch steelies
Tires: Geostar 195/60-15
Brakes: Stock Ford Explorer disc rear
Wheels: Mob Steel 20×11-inch w/ custom backspacing
Tires: Nitto NT05R 315/35-20
“I went with the manual transmission because I think it’s more fun for a street car,” Harvey said. “To me there’s nothing like banging gears, and a hot rod needs to bang gears. I went with the GT500 Tremec TR-6060 because it was the best fit, it bolted right up, was able to relocate the shifter and have it fixed mounted and, of course, it’s stout transmission that is going to hold up to the abuse I am going to put to it.”
That abuse included doing a massive burnout shortly after the truck came together. Then Harvey put the truck’s streetability to the test by driving it to the NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton, Florida, earlier this year. That’s where we met up with him and snapped a few shots because it turned out so cool. As great as it is in these shots, Harvey is not quite done with it.
“The truck’s frame is notched and prepped for Air Ride and to be able to lay frame,” he added. “Future plans include Air Ride, air conditioning, matching front wheels, a stereo, interior, and maybe paint. Paint is last on my mind because, like I said before, I want it to ride good and be good before I worry too much about how it looks. Nothing is worse than a nice car with shiny paint broken down on the side of the road.”
We’d have to agree with Harvey on that one. Plus, there is just something so cool about this beat-up truck packing the power to make Harvey forget about his high-strung, unreliable drifter.