1974 F-250 Highboy – Some Call It Rusty, We Call It Beautiful

These days, there aren’t too many trucks enthusiasts covet like a 1967-1977.5 Ford F-250 4×4. Or as you and I know them, “Highboys.” These old trucks towered over the competition at the time — literally. In fact, today they still tower over everything else in terms of desirability. That makes this 1974 F-250 Highboy worth saving despite its obvious flaws!

That’s exactly what Tommy from the The Fast Lane Truck intends to do. He came across this black F-250 XLT Ranger, and immediately fell for it despite the abundance of rust eating through the bed.

Who who could blame him? It might not be the most obvious choice for a young man’s first ride, but it is a good one.


Somebody along the way replaced the original 360 motor with a 390, but that isn’t such a bad thing. The truck also has headers, dual exhaust, and only a bit of surface rust underneath.

We just hope that Tommy doesn’t listen to his dad, who suggests some pretty horrific modifications like installing a flat bed, and replacing the grille with one from a later model (gasp!).

Regardless, Tommy manages to score the truck for a very reasonable $3,800 after a little negotiating. It’s a pretty cool tale, and he’s obviously stoked about it.

The fact that a young man in today’s world saved up his money and bought an old Ford, instead of some crappy modern crossover speaks volumes.

We can only hope that “Rusty Boy” gives him many years of good memories to pass on to the next generation.

Group Of Boys Jumping On Trampoline Suddenly Stop – Then Mom Realizes What Made Them Fo Still

A group of boys jumping on a trampoline suddenly stopped and stood still, and the reason why prompted one of the boys’ mother to snap a photo and share the special moment on Facebook.

Tania Duenas Sweeney, who lives on Rammstein Air Base in Germany with her family, took to Facebook to share the photo – which showed her son and his friends standing in a circle on a trampoline.

“It’s 5 o’clock (m-f)… national anthems play (German and American). I love that these boys stop whatever they are doing and show their respect to our current country and the good ole USA! We love this neighborhood,” she wrote in the social media post.

Sweeney explained to Independent Journal Review that every weekday, the end of a work day is signaled by the playing of both the German and American national anthems.

“If you are outside you must stop what you are doing and face the direction of the anthems or a visible flag. Everything stops on base…adults, kids, all vehicles will turn on hazards and stop traffic to show respect,” she said.

She said she felt compelled to document the fact that her kids knew to stop what they were doing and participate in the gesture.

“I love that our boys know now and do it automatically. I was doing dishes in the house and looked out the window to see them at attention. It warmed my heart,” she said. “[As an example]: my son has baseball practice that starts at 5 pm on Tues and Thursday on base. Coaches ask kids to get there at 4:45, because of the anthem. The kids to get settled and be ready/and start before the anthems play, because the practice will stop and all hats off.”

Sweeney also shared something said to her by the mother of another one of the boys.

I think with my kids they know the reason that they are expected to salute the flag and the anthem. Many kids learn about being reverent from school and scouting but military kids take that more seriously. They know the importance of service to ones country and they see it on a daily basis with their mom or dad.

These military kids sacrifice so much to support their military parent and it becomes part of who they are. They endure extended periods of time without their military parent and mature a little more quickly than the average kid. They feel pride in their country and it is amplified living on base and especially in an overseas location. I am so proud of every boy in that picture, especially because no one made those kids show respect, they did it because they truly respect the USA.

The amazing photo and gesture of respect quickly went viral, with many readers praising the boys for doing what they did.

“All military wives & kids learn what this all really means on any base. We are proud of our military, and so very proud these young folks have figured it all out! God Bless them,” one Newsiosity reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.

“It is heartwarming to see young boys showing respect for our country and flag! Thank you for sharing this and for instilling honor and respect to our country to them!” another added.

Sources: Independent Journal Review, Newsiosity/Facebook, Tania Duenas Sweeney/Facebook / Photo credit: Tania Duenas Sweeney/Facebook via Newsiosity

Say What You Want, the Workhorse W-15 Is the Truck of the Future

You may have never heard of a company called Workhorse, after all, their primary job is developing electric drive systems for commercial vehicles. So unless you own a fleet of medium-duty delivery trucks, this is probably the first time you hear the name. The truck you see here is called the W-15, and it’s the newest creation from the Ohio-based company.

The Workhorse W-15 itself isn’t the truck of the future, but the idea behind it is. See, this isn’t really an electric truck, but it’s also not an internal combustion one either. It’s a PHEV truck, or to put it in simple terms, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Under the incredibly attractive body lays a propulsion system, which consists of two electric motors connected to highly efficient Panasonic batteries.

Because a fully electric pickup truck isn’t realistic, or market-ready just yet, Workhorse outfitted the W-15 with what many manufacturers call a “range extender” engine. This kind of engine is usually a small displacement gasoline motor used only to extend the overall range of the vehicle, and make sure it can arrive to its destination. You know, should it be further than what its batteries can fulfill.

So far you might think this technological wonder is a wimpy little pickup, but think again. The W-15 puts out a hefty 460 horsepower, and its dual electric motors (one in the front and one in the back) help it achieve 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. In case you’re wondering, that’s only 0.2 seconds slower than a 2017 Ford Raptor. That’s not where the performance ends, because after all — this is a work truck.

The W-15 can carry up to 2,200 pounds of cargo in its bed, and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. While that may not sound like a lot, keep in mind this vehicle isn’t designed for towing, yet its current rating can fulfill most medium-sized jobs owners may throw at it. Furthermore, a 7.2kW, 30-amp power outlet located on the side of the truck can run several power tools without needing an alternate source of energy.

Workhorse claims to have over 4,000 orders in the books for the W-15. And based on how good the truck looks inside and out, and the impressive performance, we can’t imagine they’ll have a hard time selling them when they go on sale next year. Unfortunately, pricing hasn’t been released.

Not the W-15, but a primarily electric truck assisted by a small gasoline motor — that’s the pickup truck of the future. Well, at least until the internal combustion engine is eradicated as a whole, that is.



Man Takes Cover Off His Camper, Gets The Shock Of His Life (Photos)

A South Carolina man who makes a living removing bee swarms and nests from trees and around homes captured a video of what he claims to be the biggest wasp nest in the state.

Robert McDougal, a resident of Moncks Corner and owner of Hurry Up Towing, was unaware of a nest in the fold-down camper in his storage yard until he lifted it with a forklift, the Daily Mail reports.

Incredibly, he wasn’t stung as he sat still for 20 minutes until pest control arrived.

Eric “Critter” McCool, owner of McCool’s Wildlife Control & Bee Extractions, estimates the nest to be 10 feet long by 7 feet wide and 2 feet tall with an estimated 350,000 wasps.

Watch the video of the massive nest that McCool caught on camera here.

“I was virtually inside the nest,” he told The Post and Courier‎. “It was very hot, stuffy. It was like crawling through a bunch of cushions, and you could feel them buzzing against the bee suit.”

But McCool was too cool for these insects and he managed to remove 37 queens, by hand.

Wasps, or Yellow Jackets, are known for delivering painful stings multiple times. But McCool says he’s used to it by now because he has been stung more than 6,000 times in the last two decades of his job.

He didn’t want to use pesticides despite the advice of his colleagues in the business to just burn the nest out. Instead, he used a “bee vacuum and grabbing bags.”

“The possibility of killing this nest with pesticides was virtually impossible — it was too big,” McCool told WCIV-TV.

Yellow jacket nests are occasionally very large and wasps are also known as the “lightweight” bee.

The nest that McDougal discovered rivals another nest found in Charleston County in the 1990s, which estimated to have 250,000 worker bees.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Post and Courier‎, WCIV-TV

Image Credit: Antje Schultner/Flickr

These Homeowners Were Sued For Parking Their Own Truck In Their Own Driveway

David and Arna Orlando are being sued by their homeowners association for parking their pickup truck in their own driveway.

The Kimry Moor Homeowners Association filed the lawsuit in August of 2013, claiming that the truck was not a personal vehicle. The Manlius, New York, development consists of 84 houses.

Kimry Moor’s regulations state that cars parked in driveways must be “private, passenger-type, pleasure automobiles.” Court documents show that Kimry Moor owns the common areas of the development, which include the driveways of all houses. Technically, the Orlandos can park their truck in the garage.

David says that his 2014 Ford 150 is registered as a passenger vehicle and that he does not even have a commercial license. The Orlandos’ lawyer, Tom Cerio, said: “This is a silly rule. It’s fair to say the association is definitely overreaching. And they are enforcing this rule for a personal-use vehicle, not a commercial vehicle.”

David added that he has seen pickup trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles parked outside of many other houses. He has continued to park the truck in the driveway since the case was filed with the Onondaga County Supreme Court.

Paul Curtin, who represents the Kimry Moor Homeowners Association, said the pickup “is not a passenger vehicle by definition.” He added that the homeowners do not own their driveways and must abide by the rules. Other rules adopted by Kimry Moor include no parking of boats and trailers, no tents or shacks and no unusual noise or odors.

David and Arna have also sued the Kimry Moor Homeowners Association for damages, saying that the association has “impeded and interfered with the Orlandos’ quiet use and enjoyment of their property.” They also want to be able to pay Cerio for representing them in the case.

Homeowners associations are meant to keep neighborhoods in good condition and often charge a fee for lawn maintenance, snow plowing and other services.

Sources: Syracuse.com / Photo Source: WikiCommons

Banks Monster Exhaust 99.5-03 Ford F250 F350 Turbo Back

For F-250 & F-350 Power Stroke Diesel trucks: The Banks 4″ Monster exhaust pipes bolt behind the turbocharger.

The streamlined turbine-outlet pipe, intermediate pipe and tailpipe are formed of stainless steel, heavy-wall tubing with constant-diameter bends to maximize flow, lower exhaust gas temps and slash backpressure up to 81%. Kit includes a cast, large-bore Power Elbow housing.

The included polished-stainless Monster muffler features a straight-through 4″-diameter flow-path with a Banks-designed expansion chamber to dissipate the annoying mid-range exhaust drone that affects most straight-through designs.

The muffler utilizes spun ceramic, very-high-temperature packing, more than doubles stock exhaust flow, and delivers an authoritative—but never intrusive—exhaust sound. A huge 5″ polished-stainless steel tailpipe tip sports a rolled edge. Double-walled design with 1/2″ air gap keeps heat from tarnishing exterior mirror finish. Adjustable clamp is included for positioning on tailpipe.

Woman Slams Veteran In Middle Of Restaurant, Then He Shuts Her Up In EPIC Way

Our country’s veterans have given up so much for us. They give up their homes, their families, their comfort, and their safety to fight for us and protect us so we can enjoy our freedom and feel safe at night.

While veterans do get some benefits, those small discounts and perks are nothing compared to what they have given.

Some people, though, have a hard time understanding just what these veterans have done for them.

Such was the case when one young veteran stepped up to the counter of a fast food restaurant to order a meal. After ordering he asked if they offered a military discount. He definitely wasn’t expecting the response he received.

A woman standing behind him in line told him he was being rude to ask for the discount. She said he was acting entitled to ask for “special privileges” because he was in the military.

Though I’m sure the young soldier was stunned at first, he quickly shut her up with what he did next.

Click below to see his epic response for yourself:

“It’s not a privilege, it’s a discount,” he told her. “A privilege is getting to go home. To go home to your family every night. To go home in a free country.”

“Some people give up their privileges so that people like you can have them,” he added.

After he finished telling the woman off, a girl in line stepped up to pay for the man’s meal, and the store manager actually ended up giving him his meal for free.

Hopefully that woman learned her lesson that day. Veterans deserve our respect!

The Ugly Truth About Rolling Coal : Black Smoke

Often times we get questions about why someone’s well running diesel truck isn’t “rollin’ coal” or making black smoke. The simple answer is, the fact that you are not seeing any black smoke is a good thing. A properly running diesel engine should not have any smoke at all. Black smoke is an indication of restricted air among other things.

Newer common-rail trucks can make more than 1,000 horse power while being nearly smoke-free.

It can be entertaining to see black smoke coming from the diesel trucks at a diesel sled pulling competition, but on the street, it is unnecessary and usually indicative of restricted air, over fueling or a turbocharger that can’t keep up with the demand for air.

When you see black smoke coming from a diesel sled pulling trucks it is because sled pullers use lots of fuel, and lots of air. The turbos they use are so huge that is takes a long time to get them to spool up. You need a lot of fuel to spool up a large turbo. So, at the line, these trucks have to “roll coal” before the green light for quite some time in order to get the boost to acceptable levels before the light turns green. When a lot of fuel is added at low RPM before boost is built, the engine can’t burn all the fuel, so you get smoke.

A properly running diesel engine in good condition should produce no visible smoke from the exhaust, under most operating conditions. A short puff of smoke when an engine is accelerated under load may be acceptable, due to the lag before the turbocharger speed and air flow is able to match the volume of diesel injected into the cylinders. That would only apply to older technology diesel engines, but with modern type diesels, no smoke at all should be evident.

Black smoke is commonly emitted from diesel engines. It indicates poor and incomplete combustion of the diesel fuel  – too much fuel or not enough air..

The black smoke is full of particulates that are basically large diesel particles that normally would be burned as fuel. Any way you look at it, a diesel truck on the street emitting black smoke is not going to be getting optimal performance or fuel mileage.

Black smoke can occur across the entire operating range, but is usually the worst under full power, or during the lag before the turbocharger boosts air supply to match the fuel usage such as in the early stages of acceleration and during gear changes. Moderate turbo lag smoke is acceptable; otherwise black smoke should be hardly visible in a correctly running engine.

The causes for black smoke emitted from diesel engines can include the following:

  • Incorrect fuel injection timing
  • Dirty or worn fuel injectors
  • Over fueling
  • Faulty turbocharger, or turbo lag
  • Faulty or dirty exhaust gas recycling (EGR) system
  • Incorrect valve clearance
  • Incorrect fuel to air ratio
  • Dirty or restricted air cleaner systems
  • Over loading the engine
  • Poor fuel quality
  • Cool operating temperatures
  • High altitude operation
  • Excessive carbon build-up in combustion and exhaust spaces

1979 F-250 Supercab 4×4 Is One Remarkable Find

Today, Supercab and Crew Cab pickups are the norm. But it wasn’t always that way, of course. Back in the day, we had cars to transport the family around town and trucks to do the dirty work. So, there was no need for a back seat, even though you could opt for one. And unsurprisingly, not a lot of people did. That makes this 1979 F-250 Supercab a rare find, and it happens to be one of the nicer ones left. We recently caught the beautiful blue truck on eBay, where it was up for grabs in a no-reserve auction.

We often refer to different makes and models as “rare,” but the term is used quite loosely these days. Probably for two reasons: There is no set definition as to what makes something “rare,” and sellers are rightfully looking to maximize their profit. But a ’79 Supercab 4×4 is the real deal. Only 4% of the 210,325 F-250’s built in 1979 were “x26” (or Supercab) models, making this truck one of 8,755.

And, boy, is it in remarkable condition. As is the case with most “survivor” trucks that we find these days, this ’79 hails from California. Combine that with many years spent in a barn and you’ve got a really nice and mostly original truck. It also has quite a few great options, including factory air, cruise control, Dana axles and the “Trailer Special” package.

Outside of a respray and a reupholstered front seat, pretty much everything is original and untouched. This F-250 is a great example of a late ’70s Ford truck, and one that we’re happy to see still around. If for no other reason than to convince your friends that trucks really did come with bigger cabs back in the day.





CHECK THIS OUT: F-650-Based Ford Excursion!

Crossovers are the hottest segment in the automotive industry these days, with folks lining up to buy the latest SUV/car mashup like there’s no tomorrow. We can’t blame them, Ford makes some darn good SUVs and sedans, but not everyone is enamored with these soft-roaders.

In the eyes of truck guys like us, an SUV should have a proper body-on-frame. In addition, it should be mildly capable off-road, and above all else, it should still be a truck. Rejoice, because your wishes have been granted! This custom F-650 Excursion is a big-freakin’-truck, and more importantly, it lacks all the bedside manners of today’s crossovers. In other words, it’s a real badass.

We spotted this beast on eBay, where Premium and Exotic Wholesale has it listed with a $79,500 Buy it Now price. Obviously, the truck-to-dollar ratio is pretty high! There’s enough custom work here to warrant a 2016 Indiana “Custom Made Vehicle” title, but there’s more to it than “just” an F-650/Excursion, 6-door conversion truck.\

Purists will most likely hate it, but the original Ford drivetrain was ditched in favor of a 5.9-liter Cummins, and a 6-speed Allison 3060 transmission. A whopping 95-gallon gas tank ensures you plenty of time on the road, which is exactly where this beast belongs. Oh, and the special air horns, suspension, brakes, and cab make it feel like a true big rig.

Some love driving car-based crossovers, and that’s okay. When it comes to us, we like ’em big and in-your-face.