Building An Adventure-Ready Super Duty
Building A Cross-Country Rig has always been a goal of mine. Converting an everyday vehicle into something you could toss all your gear and supplies into along with a few friends and family and take out on the road was a dream.
With friends and family still living back on the East Coast and me relocated to Los Angeles, I decided that this would be a great time to do an East Coast build and use my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, as the starting point for a cross-country trip. I'd end up in L.A. after trekking cross country for a week. Now all I had to do was find a shop that was willing to work with my crazy schedule. Luckily shop owner Danny Farrow at Cape Fear 4x4 was more than happy to help me out with the build.
I decided on an '00 Ford F-250 7.3L four-door shortbed. The reason? It had all the right parts: strong solid axles, simple leaf-sprung suspension, and a big diesel engine that high miles would not affect like its gasoline brethren. And with Super Duty series being one of the hottest selling trucks in history, I knew parts and support wouldn't be a problem. Along with a little help from some old friends and family, we were able to pull through many long nights in order to meet our deadline and turn an F-250 into a formidable wheeling machine.
For our first installment we tackled the most important part of the rig, the drivetrain. With 38-inch tires, a heavy front end, and 3,000 miles of unknown terrain ahead, we decided it would be best to remove a couple of the weak links on the F-250 and toss on a few easy upgrades starting with Dynatrac's Super Duty combo kit. Along with installing a handful of beefy dirt-devouring goodies, we only upgraded what we thought we needed and left the rest as part of the adventure. Stay tuned as we move on to body protection in Part 2 of the build, then begin our journey across this great nation of ours.