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2004 Ford F-150 Extended Cab - Tubes, Shocks, Power, And Rubber

Posted in Features on April 1, 2004 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Mike Finnegan

Since there were no paved roads when Ford released the first cars to the public, all automobiles in the early 1900s were off-road vehicles. Competition has existed ever since there's been more than one human on the Earth. We'd say that makes off-road racing one of the oldest sports since the inception of the passenger vehicle.

So, when did the mammoth machines make the scene? It began with a construction contractor in St. Louis, Missouri, who used his Ford F-250 4x4 for work and family off-road excursions. This contractor always managed to break the "heavy-duty" components on his Ford, and he would try different parts (frequently pilfered from farm equipment) until he found things that broke less often. This led to the development of the crossbreed farm truck.

In the mid '70s, there were few places to buy parts for your 4x4, so Bob Chandler, the owner of the construction company, took a chance and opened up a shop. Midwest Four Wheel Drive & Performance Center's doors opened shortly after Bob's conception of the shop. As time went on, the Ford started taking on the shape of a monstrosity known as Bigfoot. The extreme performance and appearance of the truck earned Bob his first paid event in 1979 at a Denver car show. Truck pulls in arenas and stadiums soon followed suit, and the rest is history.

Today's Bigfoot 15 is the result of evolved engineering concepts, superior materials, and advanced driving skills dedicated to one thing: the ultimate Monster Truck.

SPECIFICATIONS Owner/hometown Bob Chandler
Year/make/model '04 {{{Ford F-150}}} Extended Cab
Engine 1,500 hp, 572ci Ford, BDS 871 Blower,
  Isky cams, Wiesco pistons, Total Seal rings,
  Oliver rods, MSD ignition, K&N air filter,
  ARP fasteners, Smith Brothers pushrods,
  Milodon oil pan, Cometic gaskets
Transmission Ford C6, BTE race converter, Alabama
  Bands, Alto transmission components
Interior Auto Meter gauges
Transfer Case Custom with quick-change gears
Axles ZF Axles with internal wet brakes
Tires/wheels Custom 25x32-inch-wide wheels mounted
  with Firestone flotation 66x43R25s
Suspension Four-link front and back with custom-built,
  nitrogen-filled long-travel shocks

Little Foot
If you're a die-hard Monster Truck fan, you can quench your addiction at a select Ford dealer. Built on the same format, the new '04 F-150 Bigfoot 4x4 SSX has hit the market. It will be equipped with a 4.5-inch lift, which uses 1/4-inch steel throughout the components. CNC-machined knuckles made of modular iron are a beefy addition to the mix. This kit retains the stock coil and shock suspension for a smooth ride. A multileaf rear spring pack increases suspension travel. The Superlift Suspension upgrades allow a 35-inch tire to be used. Bilstein nitrogen-charged shocks are part of the bundle and help control the bigger tires. A Stull billet grille insert and Bushwacker pocket fender flares give the 4x4 an aggressive look. Weld Sling Blade rims are wrapped in 35x12.50x17 Trexus M/Ts. Kodiac Sidewinder electric steps help with entry into the lifted truck. A Traffic Pro CD/radio/GPS system with a Harmen/Kardon head unit feeds the Infinity and JBL stereo components. The 5-inch Auto Meter Monster tach on the dash and embroidered seats finish off the little Bigfoot.

You won't be doing any car crushing or major freestyling, but it sure will fulfill your need for Bigfoot. With help from Chris Dicus, Potosi Ford, Kevin Dill, and Superlift, you too can create a Bigfoot version of the F-350 and Ranger.

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