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Newport Convertible Engineering – NCE will Design and Engineer your Ford F150 to a Ford F150 convertible.
Ford F150 Convertible


by Mircea Panait

The ultimate in luxury custom convertible, armored vehicles, and automotive design and engineering. That’s how Newport Convertible Engineering describes itself and, from the looks of this particular example of the F-150 breed, the company ain’t kidding.

Starting from a SuperCrew model in Platinum flavor, NCE decided that it would be best to chop off the roof of the full-size workhorse. In came an electrically folding soft top, as well as a B-pillar hoop bar, and voila!
This is not the first time Newport Convertible Engineering made our jaws drop with a wacky but brilliant idea. Not that long ago, NCE took a perfectly fine Tesla Model S electric sedan, chopped the roof, then beautified it with a folding soft top. A Ford F-Series pickup truck with the same drop-top trait, however, is the nuttiest way of taking in the Californian sun I can think of.
Newport Convertible Engineering doesn’t name a price for the conversion, but it does mention that this here is a 2017 Ford F-150 equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that’s boasting direct and port fuel injection. With 375 hp and 470 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm, it sure is sufficiently powerful for towing and highway cruising alike. Another highlight is, of course, Ford’s 10-speed automatic.
Regardless of the pickup truck at hand, when was the last time Ford offered a body-on-frame vehicle with a drop top? It was too long ago, to be honest. And even though Ford announced that the Bronco is coming back for the 2020 MY, it would be wishful thinking to expect a roadster configuration.
If you really want a body-on-frame vehicle that can go topless at the touch of a button, your best bet is to ring the peeps over at Newport Convertible Engineering and inquire about their F-150. It won’t be cheap, though.


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2017 Ford F-150 Gets The Convertible Treatment From NCE [w/Video]

There’s an untapped market potential that companies such as Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) are willing to explore, and a convertible version of the Ford F-150 fits the pattern.
Detailed in a short video that shows how its new folding soft-top functions, the beheaded truck is an arrival worth looking at, even if it may not be to everyone’s taste.
The team responsible for modifying it doesn’t have anything to say about their project – for now at least, but we can see the canvas roof folding down completely behind the rear seats, and a roll bar that enhances torsional rigidity, in addition to other possible structural improvements.
It’s also unknown how much NCE will charge for transforming your F-150 into a convertible, but don’t expect it to come cheap. And if you’re concerned that they might screw it up, then you should know that these are the same people that came up with convertible versions of the Tesla Model S, Range Rover, Porsche Cayenne, Cadillac ELR, and Nissan GT-R, to name a few, as the list goes on and on.

This convertible Ford F-150 is the answer to a question we hadn’t considered

by Reese Counts         January 29,2017
Go to your local Craigslist’s “cars for sale by owner page” and type the word “custom” into the search bar. Some cities provide better results than others, but in most cases you’ll find at least an example or two of a car, truck, SUV, or lawnmower that leaves you wondering what the creator was thinking. It’s the same sensation I felt when when I was sent the link to Newport Convertible Engineering’s drop-top Ford F-150.
The damage to the F-150 is limited to a power-folding convertible canvas top. NCE even saw fit to install a roll bar, likely to provide some structural rigidity and a place to attach the rear door hinges. Most four-door convertibles, custom or not, look awkward from a distance with the top up, and this is no exception. The video shows the convertible top in action, along with some close ups of the trucks details. The fitment doesn’t look great and NVH highway speeds is assuredly high. Then again, what price individuality? The F-150 is the best-selling vehicle on the road, and this is one way to stand out.
NCE doesn’t list a price, but if you have to ask then you probably can’t afford it. The F-150 isn’t the only vehicle NCE has “customized”. But hey, maybe a convertible pickup is what you’ve always wanted. This is way better than attacking your pickup with a sawzall.

The 2017 Ford F-150 upgrade is focused on the seconds generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Otherwise, you will not be able to tell a 2017 truck from a 2016 counterpart. Exterior and interior appearance, trim levels, and options carry over from the 2016 model year.
The Gen2 3.5L EcoBoost V6 builds on the block of the same displacement with new components and dual (direct and port) fuel injection. The are two injectors per cylinder, new turbochargers, and engine management software to produce 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm. The engine is bolted to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which Ford co-developed with General Motors. Both companies are very protective of the facts about which components or designs are shared and which are unique to each company. However, Ford specified that transmission control logic, physical case, mounting plate, and more are unique to the F-150.
After about 60 miles on Michigan highways, side streets, and several acceleration and high speed runs at the Michigan Proving Grounds, I went away impressed with smooth and seamless gear shifts. I tried the transmission in regular drive mode, tow/haul mode (when I challenged Kent “Mr.Truck” Sundling to a quick uphill towing test), and sport modes. My first impression of the engine’s power delivery and transmission performance is very positive. The truck feels powerful, there is still engine sound augmentation that makes the twin-turbo V6 sound more deep and throaty. The transmission is happy and quick to change gears. At times, I would not even notice that the truck shifted gears. However, the transmission gear display in the main gauge cluster always displays the gear you are in. I did not notice the transmission “hunting” for gears, but I also did not go up or down any significant grades.

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