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Fitting 54-Inch Tires on a 1993 Ford F-350

Crewferd Goes Big

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

Crewferd was for sale. Crewferd is a 1993 Ford F-350 work truck I bought off of GovPlanet.com for last year’s Cheap Truck Challenge, but it became a bigger project then I had hoped it would be. I had to fix the engine, then I regeared it, locked it, and bolted on bigger tires (37s). It was a cool-looking truck, but with only a small-block Ford 351 V-8 and a C6 three-speed transmission it wasn’t going to win any races. It was just fine and ready for a new owner, but no one called. And so it sat in my front yard waiting.

Then I decided to build it again, but this time for an episode of Dirt Every Day, the online video show I host in addition to my magazine job. I decided to see if we could swap giant 54-inch Mickey Thompson tires onto Crewferd and take it wheeling. The goal was a fullsize on massive tires built in under a week and taken to Johnson Valley for a rockcrawling trail. What we did worked, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to cutting some corners for the sake of video action and production timing.

The big truck is even bigger now, and although it works well I wanted to touch on the upgrades I’d recommend for even more reliable performance. Consider this a behind-the-scenes look at a quick video build with suggestions on how I’d rather see it done. Do as I say, not as I do.