Normally, we write about two types of renderings: those that remain digital fantasies and those that make the transition to real life. However, this first-generation Ford F-150 Raptor with a 1960 Crew Cab body seems to transcend these categories, as the pixel painting nearly went from pixels to metal.
More than fifty decades separate the two Ford F-Series trucks that make up this CGI. As explained by Hodson Motors, the label that came up with the project, the idea was to build a Raptor as if it had been made back in 1959/1960 (this is the birth date of the F-Series Crew Cab “donating” its body to the operation).
Underneath the skin, we can talk about first-generation Raptor hardware, so, instead of the second gen’s EcoBoost V6, there’s a good ole 6.2L N/A V8 pushing 411 hp and 434 lb-ft before any mods.
The Raptor chassis and suspension would’ve provided the all-terrain go-fast abilities, while the Method Wheels beadlock units were supposed to keep the rugged Toyo rubber in place.
We’re looking at a father and son who love collecting trucks and build them like LEGOs, mostly using retro bodies and modern tech. So, with their online presence showing plenty of completed projects that appear to be top-notch efforts, why didn’t this vintage Raptor happen?
It seems that the duo is already working on a third-gen F-Series Crew Cab with a Ford 7.3L Powerstroke V8 and their collection isn’t large enough for two such Fridges to share the floor (more on the name below).
“The plan was to use aspects of the Raptor, as if it was built in 1959. Would’ve been a cool build, but we’re still working on our 7.3 Powerstroke fridge crew cab, and there’s no sense in having two,”
So, all we’re left with as far as the Raptor idea goes is this rendering, which was done by digital artist Adam Tolman (aka boxrocket_designs).
Why do third-generation Ford F-Series trucks use the “Fridge” nickname?
Built between 1957 and 1960 (these are the American production years), the third iteration of Ford F-Series trucks ushered in a new era of design for the Blue Oval. As Dodge and GM had done with their trucks, Ford left behind the rounded lines of older trucks, integrating the cab and the front fenders and, on top of what its competitors had done, also including the hood via a clamshell design.
And since the resulting design resembles a 1950s refrigerator, enthusiasts affectionately label these ’57-’60 Ford trucks as fridges.
Returning to the 1969/1960 Ford Raptor that brought us here, an enthusiast popped the obvious question in the comments section of the Hodson Motors Instagram post below—how much would such a build cost if it would be put together for a customer?
And the answer came swiftly, with the label letting us know that such a project would probably have to see the owner parting ways with around $200,000.