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The Ultimate 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Part 5

Firming Up The Rear

Fred WilliamsPhotographer, Writer

When building a 4x4 project truck you are constantly racing time and money, hoping the truck works before those two run out. Our Ultimate Adventure buildups are no different. Time is short, the budget is tight, and we’re always trying to make the next coolest thing. Take this year’s Ultimate F-150 project for example. It has Ford’s new EcoBoost twin turbo V-6 under the hood, and we’re twisting the body, frame, and suspension to give it more punch off-road.

If you missed the buildup so far, we’ll quickly recap:

Went to Detroit to see the truck come down the assembly line.

Drove it 2,000 miles to Randy Ellis Design in Phoenix, where the build plan was outlined.

Started cutting, welding and tweaking the truck for optimal off-road use while trying to build an independent front suspension that would survive 40-inch tires and a week of hardcore wheeling.

Of course, elsewhere in this issue you can see that the truck is finished and on the trail, so that cat is out of the bag. But there will still be two or three more installments of how it got there in the next few months, so don’t miss them. And if you missed the prior stories, there are articles and blog posts on 4wheeloffoad.com and updates on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/4wheeloffroad.