Hauling & Howling
Robert Lee is determined to get his 5.0-liter F-150 into the 10-second zone
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Robert Lee
We are all too familiar with Coyote-powered Mustangs producing impressive power and laying down incredible performances at the drag strip. Letâ€™s face it, 5.0 Mustangs have a history of running well on the 1,320. However, the Coyote is also in one of Fordâ€™s most important vehiclesâ€”the F-150.
While it isnâ€™t the path most people take when it comes to drag racing, it turns on that the Coyote-powered F-150s run pretty well at the drags too. Case in point is NWA Streetworksâ€™ Robert Lee and his 2014 F-150, which is on the verge of breaking into the 10-second zone with just a few bolt-ons.
â€œI previous had a 5.0 F-150 with nitrous and had tons of fun at the drag strip with Mustang, Camaro, and Charger owners. I traded that truck for a 5.0 Mustang that I put a turbo on, which was fun but it was just another fast Mustang,â€ Robert, SVTP member (Bammartin7), said. â€œI really wanted to go back to the truck because I really enjoyed the sleeper effect on my old truck. At the time I worked for a Ford dealership and personally ordered myself a base STX truck with the only options a 5.0 V8 and 3.55 rearend with the electronic-locking diff.â€
At first, the truck didnâ€™t respond as well as he would have liked to the addition of a Roush TVS supercharger. That was just the beginning for his truck, which needed some hotter tuning to make the most of the boosted Coyote.
â€œThe truck initially was slow with the supercharger running a 13.20 at 99 mph,â€ Paul explained. â€œThen I got hold of Shaun (Perry) at AED and that’s when the truck really took off. I was very impressed with his tune and the driveability.â€
â€œâ€¦In mid-October at the local BRA Shootout at Mokan Dragway, we threw down our personal best in the F-150 11.24 at 120 mphâ€”even with belt slip!â€ he said. â€œThat made us as the fastest 5.0 F-150 in the country, and this things drives everywhere. Itâ€™s no trailer queen!â€
Since then, he has trimmed his personal best down to an 11.09 at 124 mph. It still runs stock engine internals, a stock trans, a stock rearend, a stock driveshaft, and even stock wheels. Thatâ€™s pretty impressive, and you can watch the run right here:
â€œFuture plans for the truck are to participate in Hot Rod Drag Week 2015 we have received some help from Stainless Works and AED to make it happen but are still looking for some support to make the event,â€ Robert added. â€œWe took the truck down to Orlando this past weekend to compete in the SVTPerformance Coyote Shootout and take home the trophy in the truck class but it got rained out and rescheduled so we had to head home. The truck did make the 2,400-mile trip without trouble.â€
It sounds like the truck is a great candidate for Drag Week, and Robert hopes to win the daily driver class.