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Big Red: 1995 Ford F-350

Posted in Project Vehicles on March 1, 1998
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Big, red, and bad to the bone. Dion Moore's '95 Ford F-350 is the perfect picture of these three adjectives, but it's far from your generic overgrown 4x4. Dion is a heavy-equipment operator by trade and likes to take his work home with him, or at least drive home in a facsimile of it.

A turbodiesel is the only engine a big-rig driver will tolerate, and the factory Powerstroke that came in the F-350 fits Dion's needs just fine. The brute torque the diesel produces helps compensate for the massive 22.5-inch wheels and big-rig tires without changing from the Ford's factory 4.11 gearing.

Dion chose to lift the already huge F-350 an astounding 12 inches using St. Louis Spring Company custom leaf springs in front and back. A shackle-reversal kit in front adds a little more height and helps soften the ride. Skyjacker shocks are fitted to all four corners.

Of course, the first thing most people notice about the 4x4 is its stance. The F-350 is lifted a total of 12 inches with custom springs and a front shackle reversal. That made just enough room under the fender openings to keep the massive Goodyears from rubbing.

Dion's off-road office consists of four doors, Flex Steel bucket seats, and one awesome mountain-top view. The exterior was given a schoolyard-bully approach with Bushwhacker flares, Precision Enclosure custom nerf bars, and a Precision-built brushguard and bumpers.

As a member of Land of the Giants off-road club in Cedar Hill, Missouri, Dion doesn't miss a chance to test the off-road strength of his four-wheel-drive toy. One thing is for sure: This truck gets used whether it be cruising to work or jamming through mud.

For power purposes, Dion relies on the stock V-8 Powerstroke diesel. It's hard to beat stock for reliability, and the Powerstroke makes plenty of energy to turn the massive meats.

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