Reimagined

Icon 4x4 gives 1970 Ford F100 a potent power boost, makes it just modern enough

Icon 4x4 has given this vintage Ford F100 the full treatment

Photo courtesy of Icon 4x4

Los Angeles-based Icon 4x4 has launched the next model in its Reformer series, a reimagined version of the 1970 Ford F100 short bed pickup truck. The fresh model combines classic styling with modern engineering. In the end, it's a thoughtful redo rather than just a well-financed restomod.

"At Icon 4x4, our Reformer series is a distinctly unique approach to classic restoration, and this new 1970 Ford Ranger is a perfect example of how we work with clients to completely reimagine trucks like these on every level," said Jonathan Ward, Lead Designer and Founder of Icon 4x4. "What we're doing is rewriting history to a certain extent by creating a bespoke truck that can serve as a daily driver with timeless style, modern engineering, and none of the sacrifices commonly associated with conventional restorations."

The model keeps its original paint color.Photo courtesy of Icon 4x4

Icon starts out every job by completing a series of renderings that show off the vehicle's various angles. From there, their in-house engineering and design teams develop a full CAD model and complete with specifics about wiring and other details that make the vehicle complete. At long last, the build process can begin.

This particular truck was found on Craigslist wearing its original paint and interior. Icon 4x4's client didn't always want a Reformer but, as these things go, after putting on a few miles the truck pre-restoration, he fell in love and decided that he wanted to maintain much of the original character of the truck.

To protect the exterior, Icon 4x4 coated the Ranger's floorboards with a polyurea floor surface coating, and every body panel was powder coated prior to paint for enhanced corrosion protection. It wears stock colors that have been given a thorough refresh. Most of the trim is original though where it used to say "Sport Custom" in script on the bed, it now says "Icon Custom".

Below its hood is a 426-horsepower Ford 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine. That's paired with a Ford four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

There's a four-link rear suspension system and at the front are radius arms. Eibach coil springs and Fox shocks were added to improve drive handling and comfort.

Icon Reformer Ford Bumpside F100 4x4

Photo courtesy of Icon 4x4


It has a twin-stick Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case and PSC power steering underneath. The 18-inch forged aluminum wheels are attached to Dynatrac ProRock axles, a 44 up front and a 60 in the back. The wheels were inspired by the truck's original steelies, complete with vintage hubcaps. It rides on BFGoodrich all-terrain tires.

Icon n4x4 engineered a hydroboosted sport brake system with Brembo specifically for the model, which includes large rotors and calipers.

All the new parts give the vehicle the biggest change in ride and drive quality of any vehicle Icon has ever produced.

The inside of the truck has gotten just as much of an upgrade. It features a new digital gauges, a Vintage Air Gen IV climate control system, and bespoke chrome aluminum knobs and bezels. There's also Icon brand badging throughout. Icon did not install power windows, at the request of the owner.

The cabin is appointed with Maharam textiles and leather by Relicate that is designed to match the truck's factory vinyl. All materials have been hand-sewn by Icon 4x4.

Before it is ready to be handed off, Icon 4x4's team test drives the car 2,000 to 3,000 miles in a variety of environments to ensure it's ready to go.

Icon says that in most cases, their Reformer models retain the title year and legal entity of the donor vehicle.

Check out this in-depth look at the truck from the Icon 4x4 team:

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Research and development

Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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