Newport Convertible Engineering Brings Back the Awesome ’80s with Soft Top F-150 Convertible

Remember the 1980s, when Americans couldn’t get enough convertibles? Our thirst for drop-tops far exceeded the supply of them from automakers. This led to the rise of coachbuilders, who popped up with Sawzalls in hand, ready to fill the void. Soon you could convert pretty much anything into a rag top. Even something you would never expect to see, like an F-150 convertible.


That spirit is alive and well today, thanks to Newport Convertible Engineering in Huntington Beach, California. It’s only fitting that they began chopping tops back in 1983, but they’re not your typical hack job coachbuilder. Their quality and attention to detail is apparent in their conversions, which is why the company has stood the test of time.

Which brings us back to that F-150 convertible. Most sane folks will wonder why anyone would ever want such a Frankentruck. Others will obviously voice concerns over the lack of structural rigidity. Some might even liken it to a home brewed version of a new Bronco pickup. But more than likely, the owner of the truck probably just likes trucks. And convertibles.

And that’s exactly the spirit that spawned the convertible movement some 30 years ago. Everybody dreamed of driving down the strip with their roof peeled back while wearing huge Ray-Ban sunglasses, cranking up some Motley Crue and letting their poofy, hair spray-drenched ‘do flap in the breeze.

Whatever the motivation, there’s bound to be a couple of readers out there who might be interested in surgically removing the roof from their F-150. And if you are, rest assured that even though you (hopefully) might not have that wavy hairdo anymore, you can still get a custom coachbuilt F-150 convertible.

Check out the video below that shows off this Ford pickup truck transforming from a soft top version of itself to an all-out convertible. Be sure to tell us if this is something that you would want to be seen riding around town in.

1969 Ford F-250 is a Timeless, Classic 4×4

60’s and 70’s Ford trucks are red hot at the moment, with prices steadily rising.  The market is saturated with restored, two wheel drive models in all sorts of pretty two tone colors. What you don’t see a lot of, however, is a lot of four wheel drives or F-250s.

4x4s weren’t as popular or widespread as they are today, and Ford didn’t even build them in house until 1959.  Conversions were outsourced to various companies, while long beds remained popular all the way through the 70’s.

The 1969 F-250 you see before you checks all of those boxes, and it does so with a great deal of style. A mostly original restoration, it looks great in its green/white livery, painted factory wheels, and original trim.  The only deviation from stock is a mild lift, which quite honestly isn’t necessary but it also doesn’t detract from the overall look.

Power is provided by a rebuilt 360 that is backed up by a 4-speed manual transmission.  Power drum brakes slow things down (eventually).  The interior is all new and nicely done in a black and grey vinyl/cloth combo.

All in all, this ’69 is a sweet, original 4×4 that you can drive anywhere with confidence.  It’s also a truck that will surely appreciate over the next few years, making it a great investment.  If you’re interested in that sort of thing, of course.  Otherwise, you can simply take comfort in knowing that you’re driving a beautiful classic that isn’t exactly a dime a dozen on today’s roads.


When professional football player, O.J. Simpson went to trial for the murder of his wife, the story set the world ablaze, calling for the entire country to be glued to their television screens.

Everybody remembers that historic low-speed white Ford Bronco chase, even if they weren’t around the day that it all went down.

Since then the Bronco has changed hands and has been sitting in a garage of Simpson’s former agent for all these years and it still looks exactly the same. It’s fitting as it’s only seen about 20 miles since its climb to infamy.

Check out the Bronco and learn about its story in the video below. Owner, Mike Gilbert, says that he has received offers up to $300k for the truck, but says he will probably end up putting it in a crime museum.

9 Common Problems With 7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Engines, And How You Can Fix Them

The legendary 7.3 Power Stoke Diesel engine, when properly maintained can provide years of trouble free service. However there are several common problems that can develop over time. Generally speaking these can all be resolved relatively easily. Listed below are 9 common problems of the 7.3 Liter Power Stroke Diesel engine, in no particular order.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem #1 : Causes No Start : 

Injection Pressure Regulator (IPR) Valve, located in the valley on the High Pressure Oil Pump (HPOP). These can stick, seals get damaged, have the sensor go bad or the wires get damaged. Locate the IPR Valve, check for loose or damaged wires, check that the tin nut on the back of the IPR sensor is tight. When reinstalling the IPR unit torque the IPR to 35ft/lbs and do not use sealer on the IPR threads, as there is an orifice in the threaded area which the sealer could plug.

Rebuild IPR Valve from $14 or replacement part number F81Z-9C968-AB.  Cost $140-$300 for new.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem #2 : Causes No start : 

Injector Driver Module (IDM), located on drivers side fender. These can go bad or get damaged from water and will cause a no start or rough running and cut outs in revving/rpm. Check for damaged wiring, moisture or water intrusion. Be sure to check your specific IDM part number as it is engine specific. For 99-2003 F-Series Pickups and E-Series Cargo van,  IDM 120, includes part number: XC3F-12B599-AA. Replacement cost $50-$350 for used-new.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem #3 

Cam Position Sensor (CMP). Can cause the engine to cut out and eventually die. Making it not start until it sits or is reset on the batteries. An easy way to make sure yours is good; on the Old Body Style (OBS), check if your tachometer moves while cranking, if it does your CMP is good, If not replace. Cost $24-$70. Don’t buy the generic sensors from any parts store, get an OEM Cam Position Sensor, part number F7TZ-12K073-B, because some aftermarket CMPs can be defective out of the box. Keep known good a spare in your glove box.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem #4

Under Valve Cover Harness (UVCH) Connectors, when these come loose or get shorted they can cause rough running conditions to the point where the truck sounds like it has 17* timing and it lopes bad and will often die and sputter. An easy way to fix this or check for it, there are four connectors on your block / heads that are under the valve covers unplug them and check for cut wires, loose or burnt connectors, if they are burnt or damaged, replace them. It’s a simple fix. The entire valve cover gasket kit with connectors, part number F81Z-6584-AA, can be replaced for $100 or less.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem #5 

Clogged fuel filter. A restricted fuel filter will often cause long cranking or a semi-loss of power, if the injectors can’t get the fuel they need. Replace fuel filter. Part number F81Z-9N184-AA. Replacement cost $9-$30.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem : Causes No Start #6 

Lift pump failure, this will definitely cause a no start. One way to rule this out is to check the fuel bowl for fuel before and while cranking. If no fuel is in the fuel bowl, fill the bowl up with clean fuel and if it starts replace the pump. Part number F81Z-9C407-AC. Replacement Cost $125-$320

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem #7 

Overheating. This could be related to the radiator, thermostat, water pump, cooling fan or bad coolant. Cost for thermostat could be $12-$30. The main issues are often the thermostat or water pump, part number F81Z-8501-FA. $120-$250 for one of those. Both are fairly easy to replace.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common problem #8

Injector control pressure (ICP) sensor. Causes the engine to run, but cut in and out and really roughly throttle. Check for oil in the ICP connector, if present, ICP is bad or on the way out. You can verify better running by unplugging the ICP sensor, temporarily, to see if the issue goes away.  Cost $65-$167. Part number F6TZ-9F838-A.  If oil has permeated the wires, It is recommend to replace the ICP sensor pigtail as well.

7.3 Power Stroke Diesel Common Problem  #9

Fuel heater. – The fuel heater can short out and blow maxi fuse #22, disabling the PCM. Disconnect the fuel heater, replace fuse, re-try start. Replacement cost about $3 for the fuse (always carry spare fuses, including maxi fuses, in the glove box)


When the Ford Ranger originally came out, the company that built it had no intentions of slapping a Powerstroke diesel engine in it. After all, the mini-truck was never intended to haul a giant load.

As the video below shows us, somebody wishes they did offer this configuration as they took it upon themselves to swap the diesel into the lightweight truck platform.

Check out the video below as the diesel powered truck rockets down the drag strip to a 10-second pass all while leaving a Cummins powered truck in the dust! What do you think of this wild swap?

7 Best Ford Truck Engines Ever Made

1. 300ci I6

Ford’s 300ci inline-six cylinder was introduced way back in 1965, and it saw use in the F-Series for over 30 years. And the mighty I-6 didn’t become one of the longest running Ford truck engines without merit, of course. It delivered loads of torque in a supremely reliable and economical package, even seeing use in some heavy duty trucks. The 300 even saw use in generators, wood chippers, and dump trucks. Not to mention UPS delivery trucks, some of which still employ the mighty six.

2. 351 Windsor

The 5.8 liter, 351ci Windsor V8 debuted in 1969 under the hood of the Mustang Mach 1, acting as a bridge between the 302 and 390. It didn’t land in a truck until 1980, but by 1981 it was the most powerful engine you could get in an F-Series aside from the 460. The Windsor proved to be a popular engine choice, even getting the nod in Ford’s high-performance Lightning. It remains a commonly used engine today, with numerous crate versions available in the aftermarket.

3. 6.7 liter Powerstroke Diesel

Following a series of issues with outsourced diesel engines, Ford went in-house with the 6.7-liter Powerstroke V8. The clean sheet design was both quiet and powerful, with a number of unique design features. A twin scroll turbo compressor and reverse flow heads helped the 6.7 achieve as much as 440 hp and 925 lb-ft of torque. In service since 2011, the latest iteration of Ford’s Powerstroke is proving to be quite reliable as well.

4. 5.4 liter Supercharged V8

Not everyone was thrilled with Ford’s switch to modular V8’s, but it’s hard to find fault with the 1999-2003 Lightning’s supercharged 5.4 liter V8. Peaking out at 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, the blown small block is and was an excellent platform for building a seriously fast truck. With just a few enhancements, the 5.4 is capable of laying down serious power.

5. 7.3 liter Powerstroke Diesel

The mighty 7.3 liter Powerstroke V8 Diesel is not just one of the best engines Ford ever fitted in a truck, it’s one of the most popular engines ever fitted in a truck of any kind. Ford sold over 2 million Super Duty’s fitted with the 7.3, and the engine is well known for its reliability and performance. Sadly, the big Powerstroke was replaced in 2003 thanks to a demand for improvements in fuel economy and the need for lower emissions.

6. 390 FE V8

The 390 is legendary for its bulletproof bottom end and excellent torque. The FE engine landed in the F-Series beginning in 1967 and lasted into the 70’s, proving to be a popular choice among truck buyers. The 390 produced decent power in stock form but can be built to suit just about any application you can think of, from dump truck to race truck.

7. 460 V8

The legendary 460, one of Ford’s 385 engine family, was the Blue Oval’s final big block engine design. The 460 became available in the F-Series back in 1974 and was offered until 1996/7. The big motor remains popular today thanks to it’s towing capability and reliability. It’s also a great building block for making serious power, as even minor modifications can result in significant increases in horsepower and torque.


When this semi truck found itself stuck on a city street in less than desirable conditions, it was up to the pickup truck to give it a go! We thought that the journey would be fruitless due to a lack of traction in the snow, but we were shocked to see the outcome.

Check out the video below as the truck actually pulls out the 18-wheeler without even breaking a sweat! Maybe Ford should cut this guy a check because we’re fairly certain that if this guy goes viral, he just sold at least a couple of pickup trucks for Ford!


With one look at this truck, there isn’t too much that makes it look like a killer on the drag strip, but the heart of the beast says otherwise.

When this Ford F100 was put together by Ford back in the day, it did a good job of what it was designed to do – hauling around the goods.

While it got it’s original intended job done effectively, the power plant under the hood wasn’t any good to the truck’s new owner. Instead, he wanted something that would tackle the quarter mile with authority.

The result is 427 cubic inches of Dart Chevrolet small block power. The result is an 11-second pass that nobody expected out of the unsuspecting pickup truck. According to the owner, the truck has been in the 10s, but a transmission failure prevented it from doing so this night. Hopefully we see this truck out and living up to its full potential soon enough!


When choosing to build a rig to tackle the off-road elements, there are a variety of directions in which you can go to make the ultimate all-terrain machine.

In this case, a Ford Excursion sporting a V10 was the building block that would support an incredible off-road build, one of the biggest that we’ve ever seen.

With 54″ tires, we’re fairly confident that this rig could take on just about any obstacle and come out on top as this is one of the most versatile rigs that we’ve seen.

Check out the video below that shows off “FordZilla” in action. Unfortunately, there’s a lack of audio on this one, but it was about the best footage that we could find, so it will have to do!