RENO, NV — So, in full transparency, that story title is not exactly accurate.

This awesome Coyote-swapped 1965 Ford F100 actually belongs to Phil and Nicole Anderson of Reno. But the truck once belonged to Phil’s Grandpa Jack, and the goal of the entire build was to pay homage to Jack’s life in Kansas.

“He drove this truck for years and years,” Phil said. “He worked at Boeing, and he drove it to work a solid 20 years. He’d rebuild the motor, put it back in and drive it some more. It’s still the original frame, but the cab was just trashed.”


As the caretaker for the truck, Phil went to work rebuilding it into something in which his grandpa would be proud. The frame-off restomod included a new foundation: a Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor independent front suspension and Mustang S550 independent rear suspension.

Perhaps the most notable change is under the hood.


In place of the old-school big block, there is now a Gen. I Ford Coyote 5.0L from a 2014 F-150. It has a custom-built intake and custom side-exit exhaust system. The new engine sends power back to a Ford 6R80 six-speed transmission, with stopping power provided by stock 2018 rear brakes and stock CV front brakes. The truck rolls on a set of Mustang S550 PP 19 inch wheels.

The F100, including the new cab area, is sprayed in a custom red paint, and the grille and bumpers have all been re-chromed. Inside, updates include a custom center console, Lokar Sport Select shifter, Restomod Air A/C, and Dakota Digital gauges. An Apple iPad control, GPS speedometer, and Alpine with Alpine and Kicker amps add some modern touches.

We think Grandpa Jack would approve.

Got a Coyote in your hot rod, or want to upgrade the 5.0L Coyote in your late model Mustang or F-150? Check out our Ford 5.0L Coyote engine spec guides:

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.