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1972 F-100 Wins Ford Design Award SEMA 2019

Ford always has a big presence at the SEMA Show and promotes its involvement in different ways. One way is to hand out special “Design Awards” for a few categories of Ford vehicles at the show. One of those winners for the 2019 SEMA Show is this 1,000 hp, twin-turbo 1972 Ford F-100 of John Jinnings from Churubusco, Indiana. For as sophisticated as it looks, the F-100 has a sledgehammer for horsepower.

5.0-Liter Twin-Turbo Ford Coyote 

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1972 Ford F100 Jinnings-Churchyard Ford Design Award 2019 SEMA Show | Jinnings Facebook

A big and wide Coyote motor was chosen for power, with that Hellion Power Systems twin-turbo setup. Actually, it was the other way around. Jinnings was intrigued by the Hellion setup as it can be used on a fairly stock 5.0-liter Coyote engine. So, he decided to fashion a build around the engine and picked up a clean F-100 from California.

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1972 Ford F100 Jinnings-Churchyard Ford Design Award 2019 SEMA Show | Jinnings Facebook

Holbrook Racing Engines handled the machine work and Brenspeed in Syracuse, Indiana, assembled the pieces. The turbos are 62mm Precision units. The system includes an air-to-air intercooler, boost controller, and Sniper throttle body intake manifold. Turbonetics wastegate and pop-off valves keep it in check.

Out With Old, In With New

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1972 Ford F100 Jinnings-Churchyard Ford Design Award 2019 SEMA Show | Jinnings Facebook

The original frame was deemed unworthy of such power and torque so a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis was purchased. It features a four-link rear suspension, tubular A-arms with Corvette spindles, and Penske shocks smoothing things out. Baer 14-inch disc brakes in front and 13-inch in the rear stop the truck nicely. 

The truck features throttle-by-wire and also electronic steering that controls a KRC hydraulic power steering pump. A 4R70W four-speed automatic transmission with billet converter and 2800 rpm stall transfers the power to the rear end. It’s a Speedway aluminum nine-inch with positraction and a 3.70 gear ratio. The trans is controlled with a push-button shifter. 

Pickup Body Far From Stock

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1972 Ford F100 Jinnings-Churchyard Ford Design Award 2019 SEMA Show | Jinnings Facebook

The body features a ton of subtle mods like all door and hood corners radiused, seams filled, and the tailgate filled. The openings in the front bumper duct air to the intercooler and the custom grilled mimics the four-hole theme. The bed floor was raised for added clearance for the rear suspension. The wheel tubs were widened to accommodate the wider tires and wheels. 

The pickup rolls on 19 x 9-inch Forgeline wheels in the front and 20 x 12’s in the rear. Michelin tires put the power to the pavement.

All brightwork was coated in Silver Gray powder coat. The body was shot in Axalta BMW Tanzanite Blue to great effect. 

Interior Features Same Attention To Detail

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1972 Ford F100 Jinnings-Churchyard Ford Design Award 2019 SEMA Show | Jinnings Facebook

Inside the dash was smoothed out with a 1964 Falcon instrument panel added that features Dakota Digital instruments. The steering wheel is a Flaming River item, and the steering column is from ididit. A Bluetooth system was incorporated, and blue led lights add some accent at night.

As can be seen, a lot goes into these builds whether from a professional builder or homebrew like this pickup. The efforts behind SEMA Show vehicles run the gamut, but all of them show dedication for the project and great planning, design, and execution. SEMA supports both the aftermarket and builders like Jinnings.