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Tearing It Up In The Dunes

Posted in Features on February 1, 2013
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Photographers: Dexter Roberts Jr.

It’s not every day that you spot a race truck out in the dirt, unless of course you’re down in Baja. Lucky for us, Jeff Angeleri was in the dunes for a chance spotting while out shooting one day. After chasing him through the dunes for a few minutes, we were able to catch up with him and check out his awesome ’94 Ford F-250 1450 race truck. Jeff built this truck to compete in the MDR 1450 class series, but he ended up on crutches about a year into the build after breaking his hip during a local motocross race. Not one to give up, Jeff continued building his race truck at home outside in the dirt, despite having to use crutches, and even painted it himself in his own backyard.

This truck originally started life as a diesel F-250 longbed truck but has since morphed into one heck of a cool truck. Jeff has held the longest-jump record for Pismo Huckfest at 125 feet since the inaugural competition. He also used to race the truck competitively in the old MDR 1450 class. He raced his way to a podium finish of third place at the 2009 MDR Stoddard 250, but the truck hasn’t seen contingency or a racecourse since. Instead, the old 1450 Ford has turned into a play toy for Jeff. And we think that’s almost a better life for a truck. While there is glory to be had in racing, it takes quite a toll on the vehicle. A simple life of play will keep this Ford healthy and available for years of more exploration off the beaten path.

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Vehicle: 1994 Ford F-250
Owner: Jeff Angeleri

Chassis: Plated framerails with full rollcage front to rear built out of 1.75-inch chromoly

Engine: 383ci stroker Chevy V-8, four-bolt main caps with ARP bolts and stainless windage tray, AFR 195 CC fully ported CNC heads, Eagle forged crank that was internally balanced, Eagle H-beam connecting rods, JE flat top pistons, Comp Cams, Melling high-volume oil pump, C&R NASCAR double-pass radiator with -12 AN heat exchanger for engine oil, Crown Victoria two-speed electric fan with factory shroud and recovery tank, Weiand aluminum water pump, Hooker Comp headers, 3-inch Dynatech oval race mufflers, Holley 750-cfm Double Pumper carburetor with custom overflow return system, Holley Blue electric fuel pump with -8 AN braided stainless-steel hoses, Accel Header spark plugs, MSD 6AL ignition, MSD billet distributor

Drivetrain: Turbo 400 automatic transmission with Red Alto clutches and steels built by Anthony Fernandez, larger sprag gear, custom shift kit built by Anthony Fernandez, Boss Hog 3,500-rpm stall torque converter, dual Fluidyne transmission coolers, Currie 9-inch rear with 35-spline axles, full spool, 5.00 gears, two-piece driveshaft built by Santa Maria Drive Line

Suspension: Custom-made 1-ton equal-length I-beams with crossover steering with billet aluminum MW 2.5 hubs, 16-inch stroke FOX Racing 2.5-inch coilovers, 2.5-inch FOX Racing two-tube bypass shocks, King 2.5-inch hydraulic bumpstops, Stix Racing radius arms, Stix Racing trailing arm four-link suspension in rear, 14-inch-stroke FOA 3-inch coilovers with 16-inch-stroke FOX Racing 2.5-inch four-tube bypass shocks, King 2.5-inch hydraulic bumpstops

Steering: Stix Racing crossover steering with the proper Ackermann, Grant steering wheel, Howe hydraulic assist ram and box

Brakes: Wilwood four-Piston front calipers, Wilwood two-piston rear calipers, dual CNC master cylinders, -4 AN braided stainless-steel brake lines

Tires/wheels: 37x12.5R17 Goodyear Wrangler MTRs on 17x9 Walker Evans Racing polished bead locks

Interior: Stock dash with Auto Meter gauges, Giant Motorsports suspension seats, homemade custom tweed panels, cheap CD player, Rugged Radios intercom, Lowrance Baja 540C

Other Parts: Hannemann front fiberglass fenders and hood, Trailer Products rear fiberglass bedsides, custom 2-inch tube bumpers, Hella Rallye 4000 lights with HID conversion mounted on a custom electronically retractable lightbar powered by an actuator, late-model 150-amp alternator

Favorite Off-Road Area: Pismo sand dunes

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