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Ford F350 Super Duty - Heavy Haulers

Posted in Features on October 1, 2000 Comment (0)
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Ford F350 Super Duty - Heavy Haulers
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In the late '70s and early '80s, if you wanted the biggest and baddest truck in the neighborhood, all you needed was a fullsized straight-axle truck; if they made the tire size that you wanted, chances were that you could fit it on your rig by just changing the leaf springs in the front and the back. That's when things were a lot easier, and independent front suspensions were just a twinkle in someone's eye. Then that person's dream became a reality, and gone were the days of people buying straight-axle trucks as daily drivers. That is until the new wave of straight-axle-equipped 4x4s made the scene. When Ford introduced its four-door straight-axle F-series Super Duty line, things began to change for the better. Now, it's almost impossible to drive down the road without seeing one of these trucks. Knowing this, we thought our readers would appreciate a quick glance at some of the biggest and baddest Fords on the road today.

Heavy Hitter
A Super Duty Supercab For Work And PlayFor 34-year-old Jeff Prufer of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, building this truck was as much a necessity as it was a hobby. Jeff works as a heavy-equipment operator and needed a truck that could stand up to the demands of his job, while still allowing him to go out for a night on the town in style and comfort.

The buildup on his '99 Ford Super Duty SuperCab shortbed took only three months, thanks to the help from Precision Differential & Chassis of Brea, California. Upon arriving at PD&C, the factory wheels and tires were replaced with massive 39x16x16.5 Mickey Thompson Baja Belted Radials on 16.5x9.75 Weld Super Singles. To make room for the tires, the truck was lifted 10 inches by Chariot Springs. The Skyjacker pitman arm allowed for the retention of the steering geometry. Mounted at each corner are custom-designed and built shock hoops, which have 2-1/2-inch-diameter King Racing shocks with bypass valves attached. With such a high lift, PD&C had to lengthen the driveshafts 3 inches. To keep the rear axle from wrapping and binding, custom-built 5-foot-long traction bars with heavy-duty reinforced mounting brackets, complete with 1-inch Heim joints were fabricated. As if that weren't enough, the crew at PD&C custom-fabricated a track bar and a mounting bracket that also used the 1-inch Heim joints.

With the altitude set just right, Jeff thought that more power would be necessary to turn the massive amounts of rubber at each corner. Adding to the V-10 Ford engine is a Stage II Superchip, a PowerAid throttle-body spacer kit, a Flowmaster performance exhaust, and a K&N air filter system. The stock 4R100 automatic transmission was treated to a Transgo shift kit and a Mag-Hytec deep transmission pan, which has a 25-quart capacity for extra cooling.

The exterior was treated to a set of Kodiak steps, a Stull billet grille, APC clear corner turn signals, a Line-X bedliner, and a pair of ORU polished differential covers. If that weren't enough, the entire suspension system was powdercoated high-gloss silver, while the shocks, shock clamps, and shock mounts were all anodized blue.

Giving the truck its finishing touch on the inside is a custom carbon-fiber dash, a trim kit, and Catch-All floor mats. If you were to close your eyes, you would think you were in a symphony hall because of the audio system sounds of Al & Ed's Auto Sound of Lake Forest, California. Consisting of a Kenwood CD player, two 200-watt PPI amplifiers, and an assortment of Boston Acoustic speakers, you could lose your hearing for a few hours if it was played too loud.

When all is said and done, Jeff Prufer's F-350 proves that there can be a marriage between work and play.

SPECIFICATIONS
Owner, hometown Jeff Prufer Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Make/model '99 {{{Ford}}} Super Duty SuperCab shortbed
Suspension 10-inch Chariot Springs lift kit
Tires 39x16x16.5 Mickey Thompson {{{Baja}}} Belted Radials
Rims 16.5x9.75 Weld Racing Super Singles
Shocks 2-1/2-inch-diameter King Racing, front and rear
Transmission Ford 4R100 automatic
Engine Ford Triton V-10
Other Custom-built 5-foot-long traction bars; custom- fabricated track bar and mounting bracket;
Transgo shift kit;
25-quart Mag-Hytec deep transmission pan

One X-Treme Toy
The Ultimate SuperCab Cruiser
Building high-end trucks is something we can only dream about doing for a profession, yet for Mike Duval of Simi Valley, California, it is a reality. Being a general manager for Dick Cepek, Mike sees his fair share of custom-built trucks on a daily basis. Originally built in just five weeks for the '98 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Mike has spent the past year fine-tuning the truck.

Responsible for the lift on the '99 F-350 V-10 are 8-inch National Spring springs, which allow plenty of room for the 38x15.50R16.5 Dick Cepek Radial Fun Countrys mounted on 16.5x12 polished Welds. The rear axle is further held in place by X-Treme Toyz traction bars, while dual Rancho RS 9000 shocks reside at each corner to provide a smooth ride.

A Borla stainless steel exhaust system makes the truck roar as it's going down whichever dirt road Mike decides to take, while the K&N air filter helps the massive V-10 breathe easily.

Being an avid camper and off-roader for 20 years, Mike and his family often find themselves in the middle of the woods with nobody in sight. For that extra bit of insurance, he chose to install a 12,000-pound Warn winch up front and a fullsize spare in the bed of the truck. To protect his gear, Mike installed a Can-Back canvas soft-top camper shell with a Con-Ferr roof rack, which houses his Hi-Lift jack and an assortment of off-road tools. Getting into the rig is a lot easier thanks to the Warn 4xSteps.

Helping the truck win the Ford Motor Company Feature Vehicle Award for Best Display Vehicle was the truck's show-stopping multi-color paintjob by the legendary Bob Iverson of Huntington Beach, California. Flowing effortlessly from the exterior to the interior is the custom-stitched leather Ford SVO conversion package and Infinity Products carbon-fiber dash kit, which help to finish Mike's dream truck.

SPECIFICATIONS
Owner, hometown Mike Duval Simi Valley, California
Make/model '99 {{{F-350}}}
Suspension 8-inch National Spring springs
Tires 38x15.50R16.5 Dick Cepek Radial Fun Countrys
Rims 16.5x12 Weld Racing
Shocks Rancho RS {{{9000}}}
Transmission Ford 4R100 automatic
Engine Ford Triton V-10
Other Warn 4xSteps;
12,000-pound Warn winch; fullsize spare; Can-Back canvas soft top shell; Con-Ferr roof rack; Ford SVO interior conversion package; Infinity products
carbon-fiber dash kit

In The Groove
Pacific 4-Wheel Drive's F-350
What started out as a way of helping out some buddies lift their Toyota trucks years ago has turned Robert Trumpler of Paso Robles, California, into the owner of a highly successful aftermarket off-road store. So it comes as no surprise that the man who builds all the toys would have a special one for himself. Look no further than his '94 Ford F-350 Crew Cab.

Built to promote his business of lifting trucks, Robert installed a 6-inch Skyjacker suspension lift complete with all the bells and whistles; including triple Rancho RS 9000s up front and duals in the rear. The 38x15.50R16.5 Dick Cepek Fun Country Radials mounted on 16.5 x 12 Weld Scorpio rims are mounted to a custom-made 35-spline axle. The rearend is a '98 Dana 70 model built by Dynatrak with a 5.13 ring-and-pinion ratio.

The 7.3L Power Stroke V-8 diesel has been treated to a 4-inch Hypermax exhaust setup along with a Hypermax intercooler and a performance chip. The end result is a staggering 620 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm and 330 hp at 3,100 rpm. The factory Ford ZF five-speed transmission with a 1356 two-speed transfer case have been modified with Gear Vendors gears. Not satisfied with the stopping power of such a large rig, Robert replaced the rear drum brakes for a pair of Dynatrak disc units.

Satisfied with the interior of the truck, Robert chose to concentrate on the exterior. Before the fresh coat of paint was applied, Robert added a set of Bushwacker cutout fender flares. Once the paint was dry, the Warn Enforcer front bumper was installed, followed by the Stull billet grille.

Since Robert uses his rig as a moving billboard, he is always at shows and jamborees promoting not only his business, but the industry as well. So if you're in his neck of the woods, hopefully you'll run into him and his groovy hauler.

SPECIFICATIONS
Owner, hometown Robert Trumpler Paso Robles, California
Make/model '94 {{{Ford F-350}}} Crew Cab 4x4
Suspension 6-inch Skyjacker lift
Tires 38x15.50R16.5 Dick Cepek Fun Country Radials
Rims 16.5x12 Weld Scorpios
Shocks Rancho RS {{{9000}}} shocks
Transmission Ford ZF five-speed
Engine 7.3L Navistar Power Stroke Turbo Diesel
Other Stull billet grille; Warn Enforcer bumper, front; Bushwacker fender flares; 4-inch Hypermax exhaust; Hypermax intercooler and performance chip; Dynatrak rear disc brakes

Breathless
One Look And You'll Know Why
At one time or another we have all wanted something and have vowed to never give up until we have gotten it. It's the same old story here except that Wes Blanton of Galion, Ohio, had a dream that one day he would own a big - and we mean really big - Ford Crew Cab 4x4. A lifelong Ford follower, Wes has had his share of Rangers and fullsize trucks, but they were never what he really dreamed of. That is until he was able to purchase his '97 F-350 Crew Cab beauty that he named Breathless.

At a total cost of $45,000, Wes left nothing untouched in his quest to build the best Ford in Ohio. Beginning with the suspension, he installed a 6-inch Skyjacker lift with triple Skyjacker Nitro shocks up front and doubles in the rear. He also installed dual steering stabilizers to help with steering chores. To give his truck that cross-my-path-and-I'll-mow-you-down stance, he placed the enormous 39x18.5x16.5 Super Swamper Boggers on shiny 16.5x14 Weld Racing Typhoon rims.

Power to the tires is derived from the 7.3L Navistar Power Stroke Turbo Diesel, which has been upgraded thanks to a Garrett turbo system and a K&N Filtercharger unit. A Banks Engineering after-cat Stinger Plus exhaust system helps the powerplant breathe effortlessly while under load. The stock transmission was treated to a B&M shift module, courtesy of Rod Eager of Richmond, Ohio.

Increasing the intimidation factor, this black beauty has a polished Summit Racing billet grille insert; Smittybilt nerf bars; a chromed Warn Enforcer front bumper; and a 12-inch chromed Westin drop bumper. To keep prying eyes out of the interior and the Companion Cab sleeper, Wes opted to have the windows tinted.

On the inside, the strategically placed billet inserts blend right in with the carbon-fiber dash kit. One look at Wes' rig and suddenly one becomes - sigh - breathless.

SPECIFICATIONS
Owner, hometown :Wes Blanton, Galion, Ohio
Make/model : '97 {{{Ford F-350}}} Crew Cab 4x4
Suspension 6-inch Skyjacker lift
Tires 39x18.5x16.5 Super Swamper Boggers
Rims 16.5x14 Weld Racing Typhoon
Shocks Skyjacker Nitro shocks
Transmission Ford 4R100 automatic
Engine 7.3L Navistar Power Stroke Turbo Diesel
Other A Banks Engineering Stinger Plus exhaust; a Garrett turbo system; a K&N Filter- charger; a B&M shift module; Smittybilt nerf bars; a Warn Enforcer bumper, front; a 12-inch Westin drop bumper, rear; a Companion Cab sleeper; billet inserts; a carbon-fiber dash kit

Silver Cloud
A Moving Billboard For This Owner
It's every business owner's number one question: How can I get my business noticed without spending a fortune? If your name is Kevin Keep of Yorba Linda, California, all you have to do is lift your '99 Ford F-350 Super Cab 4x4 and soon you'll be noticed.

To begin his advertising campaign, Kevin called upon the team at Deavens Sport Truck in Los Alamitos, California, to raise his truck 6 inches using the company's custom-fabricated lift kit, which includes nitrogen-charged Skyjacker shocks. The lift provided enough room to fit the 37x12.50R16.5 Goodyear Wranglers on Type 50 16.5x10 Ultra Wheels.

Kevin turned his attention, and hopefully the attention of others, to the stock 7.4L V-8. Choosing to install a Gale Banks turbo and a 3-1/2-inch Gale Banks exhaust system, including headers, allowed Kevin to reach 23 pounds of boost.

Knowing that first impressions are everything, Kevin enlisted R.G. Customs of Riverside, California, to color-match the entire exterior panels and body parts of his truck to match the factory silver paintjob.

While the interior of Kevin's ride is stock, the sound system is a far cry from factory. Taking the task of installing it himself, Kevin used a Clarion head unit and a VCR with DEI equalizers, amplifiers, and speakers. The end result, similar to the rest of his truck, draws people from all four corners of the globe. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? So does Kevin and his business.

SPECIFICATIONS
Owner, hometown : Kevin KeepYorba Linda, California
Make/model : Super Cab 4x4 '99 {{{Ford F-350}}}
Suspension : 6-inch custom-fabricated Deavens Sport Truck lift kit
Tires : 37x12.50R16.5 Goodyear Wranglers
Rims : Type 50 16.5x10 Ultra Wheels
Shocks : Nitrogen-charged Skyjacker shocks  
Transmission : {{{Ford}}} 4R100 automatic
Engine : 7.4L Ford V-8
Other :Clarion/DEI stereo system; Gale Banks turbo; a3-1/2-inch Gale Banks exhaust system; Gale Customs paintBanks headers; R.G.

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