This is one wild truck. It has the visual impact of a sledgehammer and the truck has a cool backstory and build story as well. The 1958 Ford C550 cab was found intact in a junkyard and the cab along with the front chassis stub of the Ford truck were mounted on a Chevy Top Kick style frame. Effectively the same kind of medium duty chassis that underpins FedEx trucks and delivery/box trucks all over the country. A warmed up Cummins 6BT engine was stuck behind the cab, a four link rear with eight foot long bars was fabbed up, and air suspension was added to hold the whole works up off the ground…or as the case may be, lower it onto the ground.
The length, exposed frame, and air suspension give this thing an incredibly dramatic look. We called it the Hover Torquer because the cab looks to actually be hovering off the ground rather than actually riding on wheels. The rearward placement of the axle under the cab dramatizes that whole attitude and while we bet this one will split the audience into lovers or haters, we think it is different and cool.
We love the ever-present Ford C-cabs. These trucks were made from the 1957 through 1990! The cabs were made by Budd and they were and still are an enduring symbol of Ford trucks in the medium duty range.
This video is great, burnouts and all!