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1998 NASCAR Truck Sp. Ed F-150

What makes a NASCAR truck?

* 1998 F-150 regular cab, short box, 2 wheel drive
* 4.6L V8 engine (stock F-150 engine) with FOU1 computer code
* Black paint with special NASCAR graphics on the box sides and tailgate
* Grey interior with NASCAR embroidery on the seat backs and floor mats
* Special mesh grill
* Goodyear A/S tires with yellow-lettering
* Special 16" x 7" 10-spoke black aluminum wheels
* The truck was lowered 1 inch
* Dual stainless steel Roush exhaust tips
* Roush front air dam

Questions & Answers about the NASCAR F-150

Thanks to Ford Motor Company for providing us with an exclusive interview with the people involved in creating this beautiful truck.

Q: How many were produced?
A: 3,000 in total. Order code 94N

Q: Why was it produced?
A: First year of Ford’s 5-year contractual status as “official truck of NASCAR” coincided with NASCAR’s 50th anniversary… F-150 team members felt this was significant enough to warrant a special vehicle. Went from concept to production in only 17 weeks… an extremely short time for this sort of thing.

Q: Was the truck available at all dealers or just select dealers?
A: The truck was a regional rather than national package, available mainly in Ford’s southeastern Regions (areas where NASCAR is big).

Q: What plant was the truck built at (or was it outfitted by Roush after it rolled off the assembly line)?
A: It was built only at Norfolk Assembly Plant. Roush was only a parts supplier.

Q: I've seen photos on the Internet of an alleged 1999 NASCAR truck. Was an official NASCAR truck produced in 1999?
A: Nothing factory built in 1999. Many appearance items (such as the NASCAR tape stripe on some ’99 models) are Regional or dealer modifications designed to help move metal. Neither manufacturing nor Sales & Marketing keeps records on these “one-offs.”

Q: These trucks all seem to be pretty much identical. What options were available?
A: Really considered a non-option package. XL trim/120-inch wheelbase/4.6L only. With only 3000 planned, manufacturing must limit build types. Did have choice of 5-speed manual or automatic tranny. Five other options were available, including tonneau. Interesting story: the tonneau was originally planned as 1999MY option. A decision was made to pull it ahead.

Q: What were the specifications of the NASCAR F150? Were they different from a stock F-150?
A: HP/torque same as 4.6L specs; Unique 3.73 axle ratio; 2,000-lb. towing capacity. However, a new FOU1 computer code was created to account for the unique exhaust tip (& associated backpressure).

Q: Did the NASCAR partnership continue? Are there plans for another NASCAR F-Series truck?
A: 2003 is the final year of the existing five-year agreement with NASCAR. Currently no plans to produce another special package.

Q: I’ve seen at least one truck with polished rims. Were all the rims black?
A: All rims left the factory black. Typically, as sales of special vehicles slow, dealers will undo or modify units to attract buyers. The polished rims may fall into this category or some owner stripped/ shotblasted them.

Q: Was a unique production number stamped on the dash or anywhere else?
A: No unique number. No special plaque. Unfortunately the VIN system doesn’t incorporate this type of Order Code either. Nor were they built sequentially, so it would be impossible to identify NASCAR F-150s by VIN. Originally window sticker would indicate 94N.

Q: Early on before production, was the 5.4L V8 considered to be put in these trucks, but was decided against in the end?
A: Would have liked the power, but it was not really considered. 5.4 & tranny was in too heavy demand at the time.

Q: Did Ford or Roush supply the suspension parts for the trucks?
A: Roush prototype had their stuff used to lower; production all used regular Ford supplier stuff.

Q: Is there anything different about the exhaust system other than the Roush tip?
A: No. An interesting thing though -- the prototype truck had the exhaust exiting in front of the rear wheel, but all production units had the exhaust exiting behind the rear wheel.

Q: From what model truck was the 'diamond' grill taken from?
A: The grille insert was taken from the XLT model.


Ford Trucks Official Trucks of NASCAR

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of both the Ford F-series trucks and NASCAR racing, Ford became the official truck of NASCAR beginning this year. As part of the sponsorship, Ford is producing a limited number of '98-model NASCAR special-edition F-150s.

Production started in mid-May, and the limited-edition models arrived in dealerships over the summer. Ford will build 3,000 units for 1998. The black pickup comes with 16-inch 10 spoke black aluminum rims, a host of NASCAR-based graphics, mesh grille insert, dual stainless-steel exhaust tips & front air dam from Roush, Goodyear P255/70R16 Wrangler AP tires with outline yellow lettering, a lower suspension, and a special handling package.

Also featured will be a 4.6 Triton V8 with 220 horsepower, 5 speed manual transmission, and 3.73 axle ratio. Interior features include 40/60 split cloth bench seat with center armrest storage, NASCAR logo embroidered on headrests with matching floor mats, and tachometer.

Options include 4 speed automatic overdrive transmission and a unique tonneau cover (available on 20% of units only).

By agreeing to produce special-edition F-150s, Ford is giving NASCAR fans a chance to participate in the official truck program. In addition to producing the special-edition F-150s, Ford is also producing special F-series 50th anniversary apparel and merchandise.

As part of the official vehicle program, Ford trucks will be used as NASCAR inspection and support vehicles and as the official truck for all 12 NASCAR racing divisions, including Winston Cup.


Ford Delivers Special Edition NASCAR F-150

Dearborn, MI, Sept. 3, 1998 — The celebration of two distinctly American traditions continued recently when Jim France, executive vice-president of NASCAR, acquired his newly purchased Special Edition NASCAR F-150 pickup truck. France, who placed the first official order for the vehicle during Speedweeks last February, took possession of the special edition vehicle in Daytona Beach from Gary Yeomans Ford, just down the street from Daytona International Speedway.

Built at the Norfolk Assembly Plant in Norfolk, Va., the special jet-black V8-powered style-side pickup was first unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1998, celebrating F-Series' selection as the "Official Truck of NASCAR." Both the F-Series and NASCAR are celebrating their 50th anniversaries in 1998.

Gordon
Proud owner of 1998 NASCAR special edition F-150
(Celebrates 50 yrs of NASCAR and the F series truck)

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