A little while back we wrote about a Dodge Peterbilt pickup conversion. It was pretty impressive. Little did we know at the time that someone else was working on another Peterbilt pickup, this time based on a Ford frame. As impressive as the Dodge based pickup was, this one is a step up.
Lynn Mullinax of Albertville, Alabama had done all this before, building a Kenworth pickup that he liked a lot. Then one day, someone asked if he would sell it and when Lynn tossed out a number the fellow bought it on the spot. That left an empty parking spot and Lynn without a truck. Since he really liked that pickup he figured, why not do it again? This time he figured a Peterbilt was the way to go so he started looking for parts.
It began with a 1996 Ford F350 one ton ambulance frame that had air ride suspension on the rear. I’ll let Lynn jump in here:
I bought a salvage 2002 Freightliner FL60 truck and removed the Cummins 24 V, ISB 5.9 engine and Allison 1000 series automatic transmission, radiator and air to air engine cooler. I fabricated new motor mounts and installed them all in the Ford frame. I took a 1995 Peterbilt cab and completely stripped it down to the bare aluminum. I fabricated a hood using the grill parts from a 379 standard hood. I fabricated the side panels of the hood and used the two top hood panels from a standard 379 hood. I bought a new Ford F350 bed off a new truck that was being changed over to a service bed. I painted the the cab and hood to match the bed. Added what chrome and stainless steel parts I could find and fabricate. The dash has 22 gauges and 19 switches, which are all hooked up and working.
It took him 3 1/2 years to complete the build and though he’s been offered $70,000 for it, Lynn says he’s not selling. Smart man. He says it rides and drives just fine and sure gets its share of looks as he motors down the road.
I really like this project. This is a great example of coming up with an idea and then doing the hard work of making it happen. There’s no shortage of ideas floating around, but we can always use more guys like Lynn Mullinax who actually make those ideas come to life. Great work!
If you think you would like to give this a try and need a truck, check the Ford F-350 for sale listings to get started.