As an aircraft mechanic and former Marine, Chris Doughty (32) of Chula Vista, CA knows how to make things work and work well. He also knows something about patience and hard work.
Doughty purchased this 2001 Ford F-150 Supercrew on May 3, 2004 from Drew Ford in La Mesa, CA when it only had 46K miles on it. Shortly thereafter, he did a 7-month tour in Iraq. Since there’s not much for a red-blooded American make to spend money on in the Middle East, Doughty had saved enough to purchase the ORC Motorsports (619-590-0034) front suspension components by the time he rotated back home.
Installed by Alliance Fab, the front suspension is a custom long travel design that adds 5.5 inches of width per side and consists of some beefy uppers and lowers. The spindle is a brute all it’s own. Providing the plush are King 10-inch long 2.5 coil over and one 2.0 Air Bump per side.
Fox is the shock choice out back while a set of their 2.5 triple bypass units share duty with a Deaver 11 leaf, long-travel pack. The stock Ford chassis was strengthened and additional axle movement obtained with a Corrosive Designs C-notch and it has an anti-wrap/traction bar from Rough Stuff Specialties.
Able to take a lot of punishment are the 16-inch Eagle Alloy Outlaw II wheels, and with two in the bed and 4 on the truck, there’s plenty of the Falken WildPeak tires (325x80Rx16) shod wheels to go around.
The crew cab is still stock steel, but the hood and bedsides are Fiberwerx fiberglass units that were, along with the cab, painted Ford Chrome Yellow by Jimmy of Ramona, CA. Doughty painted it yellow because that was the color of a previous Ranger that he had.
Seeing in a dark night won’t be a problem for Doughty used custom mounts by Morgan Clark Designs to attach a 55-inch ES Motorsports radius LED light bar to the roof. It combines with a set of Baja Designs Squadron Pro’s mounted to the A-pillars while a 32-inch Vision-X Xmitter LED light bar is mounted inside the front bumper. A pair of Hella ambers keeps those behind in the know.
The interior is ready for the off-road as the crew is now a 5-seater. A set of Corbeau suspension seats are up front while Baja Trim suspension seats and custom PRP premie for the kid can be found in the aft section. Corbeau 5-point, cam-lock harnesses keep man and child alike secure.
Much like the rest of the Ford is a combination of interesting parts, the engine too is a little different in that it’s a 2002 4.6L 281ci motor swapped in from Police Interceptor! It’s been upgraded even further with a K&N air cleaner and a power programmer. Shaun at Solid Rock Auto helped Doughty with installing the new motor
The transmission is a stock 4W70R that is connected to a Currie rearend with a 2-piece driveshaft done by East County Driveshaft of El Cajon, CA. The rearend in question is a Currie Extreme Duty 9-inch that features a full spool, 4.56 gears and 40-spline axles.
Kenny at Alliance Fabrications designed and built the engine cage out of chromoly and he also designed and built the bed cage for the rear of the truck. It holds a pair of the Eagle Alloy Outlaw II wheels and Falken WildPeak tire combo’s and acts as the upper shock mounts for the Fox triple bypass shocks.
This Ford has had a long build history, but the result is that it has had its share of notoriety. Jason McNeil at Fiberwerx asked to use the truck to prototype a front one-piece clip, and it was the Fiberwerx crew that named the truck the “DezertTaxi” which now has a huge following on social media: IG dezerttaxi. The truck has been featured in Dirt Alliance’s Change and has also won multiple awards at Main Street America car show, El Cajon Cruise, Mustangs By the Bay, and Fabulous Fords Forever.
Through the 10 years of the truck being built, Doughty says he never once been towed home and that it’s always been reliable due to having a good support group of friends and family there to lend a hand.
If anyone needs a ride around Plaster City, Chris Doughty and his DezertTaxi are ready to give them the ride of their lives.
A 55-inch ES Motorsports radius LED light bar is held to the roof with Morgan Clark Designs mounts while a set of Baja Designs Squadron Pro’s are mounted to the A-pillars and just above the Fiberwerx hood/fender combo one-piece.
The 16-inch Eagle Alloy Outlaw II wheels and Falken WildPeak tires (325x80Rx16) provide all the traction and reliability that one could ask for.
Rocks are no problem thanks to the bumper that Shaun at Solid Rock Auto helped fab. Though hard to see, there’s a 32-inch Vision-X Xmitter LED light bar is mounted inside there too.
Installed by Alliance Fab, the ORC Motorsports front suspension is a custom long travel design that adds 5.5 inches of width per side. King 10-inch long 2.5 coil overs and 2.0 Air Bumps soak up every bump.
Kenny at Alliance Fabrications designed and built the bed cage It holds a pair of the Eagle Alloy Outlaw II and Falken WildPeak wheel/tire combo’s, and acts as the upper shock mounts for the Fox triple bypass shocks.
A host of seats are in the Ford as Corbeau, PRP and Baja Trim all combine to make the truck a 5-seater.
A Kenwood radio makes keeping up with the calls easy.
Tunes are important, and a Pioneer head unit provides pleny of watts worth of music.
Out of Police Interceptor, the 4.6L 281ci motor’s been upgraded even further with a K&N air cleaner and a power programmer.
This F150 crew cab has what it takes to keep the Doughty family in comfort and fun while cruising the deserts of SoCal.