Veteran Off-Road Journalist Teams Up With Fabtech To Build This Awesome Supercrew
For those of you who have been wondering, we found Frank "Big Dummy" Schettini - as in Big Dummy Monster Trucks - at his shop Unlimited Customs in Valencia, California. Frank is still racing all over the country with his new Monster Jerky monster truck as well as designing and fabricating off-road trucks. Frank participates with Ford's aftermarket project vehicle program, and he has created a project Explorer, Ranger, Expedition, Excursion, Sport Trac, and, most recently, a Ford F-150 SuperCrew. Ford expected a fantastic off-road truck, and Frank delivered when he unveiled his creation in Fabtech's booth at the 2000 SEMA Show.
Frank's idea was to enhance Fabtech's already proven long-travel suspension kit with his own Reaper Racing Products to end up with the ultimate prerunner. Frank wanted to design the suspension as a bolt-on kit that could be easily installed by the average mechanic or experienced hobbyist. Using Fabtech's upper and lower control arms, bushings, alignment cam bolts, and ball joints, Frank designed the shock hoops to accommodate Fox Shox 2-1/2-inch Pro Series coilover shocks, remote reservoirs, and Betts springs. The front shock hoops have a crossover bar for stability and are set up with Deist Safety limiting straps. The frontend has 19 inches of wheel travel with a 6-inch lift.
For the rear, Frank designed a wild all bolt-on three-link system. The rear chassis crossmember has the upper wishbone mounts and a built-in trailer hitch receiver, safety chain plates, and an electrical plug. The rear axle truss bolts on with two halves with the wishbone axle mounting point on top and the lower suspension arms mounting points on the bottom. In the bed, Frank built the upper shock mounts with a crossmember holding a spare tire, using a Fabtech spinner-style handle and plate. Set up with Deist Safety limiting straps, the rear suspension has 27 inches of wheel travel and a 2-inch lift.
After all of the suspension mods, it was time for maximum traction. Frank chose to use the Yokohama Geolander M/T LT315/75R16 Directional Tread mounted on Center Line wheels to do the job. With the larger tires came the need for 4.56 gears in the rearend, installed by Off Road Unlimited Two in Burbank, California. A beefed up driveshaft by Yarman Drivelines in Lancaster, California, was the next necessity. Under the hood, the factory 5.4L V-8 Ford Power is enhanced by a Granatelli Motorsports 80R mass airflow sensor and filter system.
The interior is tastefully done to show and go. The dash panels were photo-laminated with simulated blue carbon-fiber by Autosound Engineering in Westlake, California. The seats have custom bolstering, leather, and inlaid blue carbon-fiber graphics to match the dash panels, all done by Revo at StitchCraft in Westminster,California. Revo also modified the seats to accommodate six sets of five-point harnesses by Deist Safety in Glendale, California. Frank also installed a C.R. Laurence Powerslider rear window.
Some exterior features are the GT Styling headlight coversand a Fabtech lightbar and skidplate with PIAA lights. Frank installed the Fabtech fiberglass front fenders; they really look great and increase tire clearance. Reaper Racing Products cut the bottom of the bed for increased ground clearance and frenched in a custom rear tube bumper to accent the fender work and make room for PIAA backup lights. The Line-X bedliner gives the bed a clean look and incredible durability. L&G Enterprises out of San Dimas, California, buttoned it up with a radical paintjob - Fabtech blue and white with perfect airbrushed highlighting by Larry Fader. Custom stickers by Sign Pros in Brea, California, really keep the sponsors happy. You can see Frank driving this truck nationwide; when he travels with his Monster Jerky monster truck, he brings the SuperCrew along for display and as a get-around vehicle. As for you fellow Californians, if you see this truck towing a trailer full of Jet Skis, dirt bikes, or both, try to race him because without the 4,000 pounds of toys in tow, you'll never have a chance to win.