1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

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1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Rembrant
Saw these pics posted on Facebook and had to share in case anybody didn't see them.
I know I'm a little Flareside biased, but that's one sexy lookin' truck.


1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Gary Lewis
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Nice looking truck!  I count at least 4 shocks per front corner, but can't tell how many more are hiding.  Nor can I make out the name of the driver.  Wonder what the engine was?
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Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Rembrant
The names on the door are Curt Wilender? And Bill Lind under it.

The guy that posted the pics said Curt Willender I think, with two "L".
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Gary Lewis
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I can't find any hits for either spelling of Curt's name and Mint 400, nor Bill Lind.  Oddly enough, a 35 year old William Lind drove a Toyota in the 2018 Mint 400.  I wonder if there's a link there?
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

reamer
It sits very "healthy" I like it!
1986 F-150 Flareside 4x4, 351, 4-v, ZF5 speed. AC, Cruise, Tilt, Slider, Digital clock, Radio, Lariat seat, Pwr doors/locks
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Rembrant
It looks like a jacked up 2wd no? Can you tell?

I know nothing about desert race trucks...but it doesn't look like it has 4x4 hubs up front.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Gary Lewis
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I agree - no 4wd hubs.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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1986F150Six
Judging from the clothing, hair styles and 35mm camera, I am guessing this photo was taken in the early to mid '80s.
1986 F150 4.9L manual O.D. 3.08 Duraspark MSD ignition w/ no EGR
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1986F150Six wrote
Judging from the clothing, hair styles and 35mm camera, I am guessing this photo was taken in the early to mid '80s.
Most definitely. The caption was 1981 Mint 400...but I don't know if that was the year of the race, the year of the truck, or both.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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1986F150Six
Thanks. I missed the caption... the truck does look to be new!
1986 F150 4.9L manual O.D. 3.08 Duraspark MSD ignition w/ no EGR
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Rembrant
More Bullnose Flareside desert race truck stuff. Swiss Cheese frame failure perhaps...


1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Rembrant
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There are a lot of cool Bullnose pictures on this Facebook page for anybody that likes to follow this stuff. I'm really diggin' the vintage pics. It's the 80-96 Ford Truck Racing.


1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

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Catching some air.



1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

1986F150Six
Nice work, Cory!
1986 F150 4.9L manual O.D. 3.08 Duraspark MSD ignition w/ no EGR
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Dyn Blin
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I really enjoyed these, thanks for posting them.
Sonoma County,CA
1982 F150 Flareside XLS
NP435 4x4
351W Motorcraft 2150

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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Rembrant
These are just a few of the pics that caught my eye. I love vintage photographs like these. There are a whole bunch on there on that Ivan Stewart Black Flareside. It's all very interesting (and new) for me, as I really know very little about this southwest style desert racing. I knew who Ivan Stewart was, but I associated his name with Toyota trucks...not Ford.

 
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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1983 Parker 400. Nice truck;).

1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Gary Lewis
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It is interesting that most of the pics we've seen show a Flareside.  I wonder if they knew that the Styleside actually weighs less than the Flareside?

Also, I'm surprised that they are running the aluminum "bullet hole" wheels on that truck.  They do weigh a lot less, but I would have thought they are more likely to be damaged than a steel wheel.  But, that's just my guess.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

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Gary Lewis wrote
It is interesting that most of the pics we've seen show a Flareside.  I wonder if they knew that the Styleside actually weighs less than the Flareside?
Are you serious about that Gary?...Wow, I would never have thought.

Maybe it's because stripped down, the Flareside bed was easier/lighter to deal with? There'd be no tailgate, and the wooden floor is likely removed. Not much weight left after that.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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Re: 1981 Mint 400 Flareside Race Truck

Gary Lewis
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Serious.  I haven't found the actual weight again, like I did last week, but I do remember seeing that.  However, go to the 1983 dealer facts book, turn to the Vehicles and then the F-Series 4x2 tabs and scroll down to Page 16.  Note that the payload for the 4700 GVW trucks is 1430 lbs for a Flareside and 1460 lbs for a Syleside.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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