Like everything in life that is exciting, magazine project vehicles must come to an end. Our Race 150 is no exception. No sooner do we get it finished then it's time to move on. In four months we took a stone-stock F-150 and worked with the best in the business to convert it into a desert-eating beast and jump-start the aftermarket with products for Ford's new baby. We had JD Fabrication prototype a long-travel front suspension kit to work with Bilstein 9100 series race shocks and Deaver Spring rear leaf packs for a daily-driver suspension that kicks butt in the rough stuff. By adding a set of Glassworks Unlimited bulged fenders, we were able to fit 37-inch Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs with only a 4-inch suspension lift when everyone else needs a 6-inch lift to clear 35s!
If we had more time with the truck we'd find stiffer front springs (something in the 700 lb-in range) to keep the front end from bottoming. We'd also add a rollcage that ties into the front half of the frame to help spread the load on the chassis when landing. Of course, we'd still like to swap in 4.88 gears, add a supercharger, a Dana 60 axle, maybe four-link the rear...we could go on and on. But we think you'll agree our Race-150 is a heck of a start!
During the course of our Race 150 buildup, the truck hasn't always been what we'd consider driveable. Whether we needed it in San Marcos for suspension work, Santa Rosa for paint, or Las Vegas to show off at SEMA, Mike Goodfellow of Goody's Transport was always there to hook us up. We programmed Goodfellow's number into our cell phone in case of an emergency because he wheels too and can safely transport off-road vehicles at reasonable rates anywhere in the country.
Bilstein Corp. of America800/537-1085 www.bilsteinshocks.com
Crown Industrial760/599-0090 www.crownperformance.com
Deaver Spring714/542-3703 www.desertcommunication.net/deaverspring.html
Glassworks Unlimited714/379-9134 www.glassworksunlimited.com
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.330/796-2121 www.goodyeartires.com
Goody's Transport 707/321-5854
JD Fabrication760/471-8532 www.jdfabrication.com
KC Customs707/585-8233 www.kccustoms.com
Les Schwab Tires 707/585-3111 www.lesschwab.com (Rohnert Park, CA, facility)