A common issue with the Ford 9-inch is that it can be difficult to choose the correct parts to build per your vehicle’s needs. You have to ask yourself several questions. What do I want to do with my vehicle? How do I want to drive it? Is my teenager going to drive it on occasion? Or, are you going to drive it like you are a teen? These are all legitimate questions when building a project truck. Growing up, my dad always taught me to overbuild everything; this way 99-percent of any potential issues would be squashed by overkill. Upgrading or overbuilding can be especially true when building a custom vehicle. With my project truck, I want to drive heck out of it and still be able take it out for a Sunday cruise or hit the open highway. Twenty years ago, driving a truck like a car would have been a tall order for any stock rearend—let alone that most aftermarket parts companies lacked demand for it.

Things have changed for the better. Aftermarket companies like Wilwood, Detroit Locker, Speedway Engineering, and Currie Enterprises have looked toward the next generation of vehicle builders, who not only want to go fast in a straight line but also want to toss in a few curves with hard stopping. Say what you will about the surge of performance-associated builds, but the trend will be here for at least the next few years. As a member of the automotive media, I feel it’s my obligation to share what I have learned from the much smarter men and women of the performance aftermarket. If said companies/builders didn’t push the limits of their vehicles, then we wouldn’t have the quality of products they offer today. Another example would be the progression of the Mustang and Corvette over the last 40-plus years. The knowledge gained from racing, driving, and long-haul testing these vehicles is then passed down to less expensive vehicles, providing a better product for the end user. Classic Trucks represents vehicles of our past, but in the same respect it is important to recognize the future.