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A very clean and neat 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning -- only look carefully at the small badge on the 1982 Mustang hood scoop -- This Lightning has some Thunder under there!

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A stock looking front end --
except for those small "427" badges on the scoop.

I'd be careful here !!

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1993 F-150 SVT Lightning - Alex Bernal's Lightning has Thunder!
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Seen at the Goodguys 22nd Summer Get-Together

Ford’s 1993 F-150 SVT Lightning was one quick truck. With a 351 (5.8 L) Windsor V8 and Ford’s best heads, the truck was good for 240 HP @ 3,600 RPM. An 8.8 rear with 4.10:1 LSD gears made for quick starts. While the stock Lightning was quick, Alex Bernal of Menlo Park, CA wanted more – lots more. 

Alex is a metal fabricator who loves superchargers. Since he acquired the truck in 1997, it wasn’t long before he had mounted a GMC 6-71 blower on the truck for added go-fast power. In Alex’s words, he’s tried a lot of blowers. If that wasn’t enough to add some thunder to this Lightning, Alex had the 351 bored and stroked to displace 427 Now that’s some motor! Using his metal skills, Alex took an Edelbrock intake for a 351 and cut about 5” off the top. He inserted an intercooler in the manifold and fabricated an adapter to mount a Whipple 3.4 cu. in supercharger on the 427. Once again, using his skills, Alex fabricated the “top hat” on the blower and mounted 8 injectors (plus 4 in the intake) to fuel the beast. And fuel it needs – Alex installed a 33 gallon fuel tank from a Ford Bronco with a single pump to keep the good juices flowing to that hungry motor. To expel the spent fuel, Alex used a set of Mac’s Headers for a Mustang with 3” pipes to the rear.  So far, the engine has dyno’d at over 500 hp @ 4,600 RPM before running out of fuel. Alex plans to install a second electric fuel pump to let that supercharged and injected engine reach its full potential – I can’t wait !

The really cool part of this entire project is the fact that the truck is deceptively stock in appearance. It is the stock Ford red offered in 1993 (the only other color from Ford was black) and totally devoid of any emblems or decals. The only “tip off” that all is not as it appears is a stock 1982 Mustang hood scoop with Ford’s “427” emblems on the side. You better believe these are not for show! Speaking of show, Alex used his metal-working skills to fabricate a bed cover that fits inside the bed rails for a smooth top look. A rolled rear pan complements that look as well as a small but highly functional “splitter” on the bottom of the factory spoiler.  1999 Lightning wheels allow for tires to hold this horse but (again) keep the look factory stock. Inside, Alex has a custom red & black interior with appropriate gauges to keep tabs on the activity under the hood.

So the next time you are cruising along in northern California and see a nice red Ford Lightning with a black hood scoop and small 427 badges– be careful – This Lightning has Thunder to match!

Read more about Ford's 351W V8  click here

That's 427 cubes of supercharged and injected engine in there!

Rear of Lightning showing off the rolled pan and bed cover.

Simple yet elegant interior...

Keep a sharp eye out for Alex's Lightning -- it packs thunder!