This '90s Ford F-150 Lightning Packs a Supercharged Surprise
When it comes to sport trucks, the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning of the late ‘90s and early 2000s ranks close to the top of the pile. With its go-fast looks and supercharged engine, it made good on Ford’s promise of “a Mustang GT with a cargo bed.” But it wasn’t the first F-150 to fulfill that promise. In 1993, Ford unleashed this—the original F-150 SVT Lightning—as a rival for Chevrolet’s burly 454 SS sport truck. Since this one rolled off the production line, it has enjoyed a thorough run of performance modification, including supercharging, and it can now be found lurking on eBay. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the 1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
These certainly weren’t pokey trucks in their day. During the Lightning’s original 1993 to 1995 production run, Ford outfitted its pickups with a tuned 5.8-liter version of the venerable Windsor engine. In came “GT40” performance heads, a revised intake manifold, a high performance fuel pump and injectors, and a rumbly dual exhaust, resulting in a nippy 240 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. In fact, more power than the Mustang had at the time.
This truck retains that 5.8-liter Windsor mantra and adds to it a Kenne Bell “Blowzilla” supercharger, along with quite a lengthy list of other modifications. Underneath the hood lies a new performance camshaft, custom intake, methanol injection system, heavy duty automatic transmission, and longtube headers that lead into a shortened side exhaust…just to name a few.
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The Lightning hugs the road on 18-inch five-spoke SVT wheels (à la the second generation truck), which come wrapped in Toyo Proxes tires and massage terra firma thanks to Bilstein shocks at all corners. Whereas the original Lightning could dash to 60 mph in around 7.2 seconds, you can bet this one takes a substantial bite out of that time.
Ford built just over 11,500 Lightning pickups during its initial three-year run between 1993 and 1995. This one, a ’93 Lightning, represents one of 5,276 sold during that debut year.
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