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1995 Ford F150 XLT - Nice custom truck, done over by Choo-Choo Customs out of Tennessee.  The big,  flat front end is a dead giveaway what truck is behind you!  It was bought to help ease the miles being accumulated on the Thunderbird SC.  This was my bad weather commuting and work vehicle!
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These are some shot of the exterior, the truck is in very good condition, with minor scratches here and there and the expected road chips in the paint.  Nothing unexpected, and a LOT less than I would have expected.
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I went ahead during May 2001 and got the widows tinted and the bed sprayed (by Rhino Linings).  Both turned out quite nice!
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And these are some shots of the interior, the truck has the upgraded leather interior, with captain style chairs (which have their own arms), wood trim throughout...very nice looking, but I do miss a tachometer!
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Although I was happy with the 1995 F150, it was a very tight squeeze getting it into the garage!!  It fit in the garage (when I pulled it in by hand) with about 1.25 inches of clearance in the back and a little over 2 inches in the front (it just BARELY cleared the garage hinges as the door was closed!)...  I was concerned I might end up hitting the interior wall one time if I ever came in with wet tires from a rain storm.  Needless to say, NOT very much room for error!
So, with a little over 46,000 miles, it was time to say goodbye to the Choo-Choo!
1999 Ford SVT F150 Lightning - Turns out I found something to replace the 1995 Ford F150 XLT with.  On April 20th, 2002 I became the proud owner of a 1999 Ford SVT F150 Lightning, #2565 of a build of 4000.  It was in great shape with only 12,100 miles!!

Online reviews are at:  http://www.pickuptruck.com/html/reviews/1999/ford/lightning.html.

This SVT is a screamer...  That much I am sure of!! from_the_front_while_cornering.jpg (72459 bytes)
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SVT Color Choices Breakdown:

Black - 1601    Red - 1533    White - 866

Totals:  4000

First, the exterior shots:
My girlfriend likes to refer to this color as "arrest me red", but so far that hasn't been an issue!  I have seen plenty of cops watching me, but nothing bad has happened to me yet!
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Although it came with a cheap drop-in liner, I took it out and got rid of it and had the bed professionally sprayed locally by a local franchise for Rhino Lining.  It came out REALLY nice and I like the durability, appearance, and the additional protection that the spray on liner provides over the drop-in style.

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Lots of room for the passenger, which is my girlfriend, of course!
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And a very nice set of instrument controls, although somewhat reminiscent of the Ford Taurus' controls as well.

Just check out the engine configuration!

Picked up some additional pictures recently as well as a small SVT front license plate.
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Recent pictures of the Wind Deflectors, by WeatherTech©:
Next, the interior shots:
Several shots of the interior seats.  A basic 60-40 split bench, the driver's seat is an 8-way electrically adjustable seat, while the passenger seat is manually operated.
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The suede and leather design, with the sewn in SVT logo is very sharp!

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With a large, easy to see instrument panel, the speedometer matches the electrically limited top speed of the truck...a measly 140 mph.  I'll have to decide on whether an upgrade will be necessary for that down the road.
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The mounting location for the factory Ford CD-Changer, both before it was purchased and mounted, and afterwards.  As well as the small area for storage behind the drivers seat.
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This is a scanned in image of Hot Cars™, by Masters Publishes Haulers, 1998, this is the Hot Haulers, Group 6, Number 57 card:

 

 
2004 Ford SVT F150 Lightning - Very nice pictures of the concept vehicle, the 2004 Ford SVT F150 Lightning Concept truck.
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Let's see...the 32-valve V8 produces 500 horsepower and 550 foot-pounds of torque.  Should be awesome.  Also comes standard with 380mm Brembo brakes, 22-inch wheels (with hand-cut Goodyear 295/40-22 front tires and 325/45-22 rear rubber).  Console mounted shifter and additional changes make this a very nice looking truck.
Additional information at http://www.svt.ford.com.  Check it out!  Too bad the this Lightning ended up being canceled...rumors indicate the new body was a lot heavier (between 500 and 1,000 pounds worth)...simply too heavy to make it light enough to be competitive against the Dodge SRT10 truck I suppose!

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