It was March 2004, and Ren Robinson of American Canyon, California, was shopping around for a new custom truck to build. He did some research and after a while realized that there weren't many '04 Fords out there, so he decided he'd get out there and build one. Just a few days later, he picked up a bone-stock burgundy crew cab and got going on it. Some 22s, a 4/6 drop, a pair of billet grilles, and an exhaust later, Ren rolled into a show, expecting the trophies to come pouring in, trumpets playing in the background, hailing him as the new king of all things custom. Instead, he heard the loud sound of air evacuating from valves and the distinct sound of frames slamming down on concrete. This was not going to be the day he expected. A little setback like this wasn't going to get him down. Instead, he made a few phone calls, and a few days later, he was ready to begin anew. The journey starts at SIC Motorsports in San Jose, California. To say that the owner Clint has a lot of personality is kind of like saying that the sky is blue. He's a character to be sure, and he likes to put his own custom spin on the rides that he builds for himself and his customers. After a conversation with Clint and his partner Nick Germano, Ren had made up his mind; this was going to be a SIC ride.
The altitude adjustment came first. The new F-150s have a pretty trippy suspension setup, so they had their work cut out for them. The control arms, springs, and shocks were yanked out and tossed, and in their place went a set of Air Ride Shockwaves, DJM lower control arms, and Total Chaos heavy-duty titanium upper control arms. Those upper arms have a uni-ball with a misalignment spacer, instead of the ball joint, which allows them to kick back at some wicked angles without binding, allowing the truck to lay frame up front. All that work kicked the wheels into the engine bay, but to keep it all looking stock under the hood, they lifted the stock fenderwells 3 inches. Out back, Nick bridged the frame and made mounts for Air Ride 9,100-pound 'bags that were mounted on top of the axle. The whole system was done with 1/2-inch-diameter line, 1/2-inch Air Ride valves, a pair of Viair compressors, and a pair of chromed 6-gallon tanks. Keeping an eye on the system is a digital Air Ride control panel and a SIC Motorsports switch box. With all that work on the suspension, the booty 22-inch chromies had to go, so he ditched those and got a set of 22x8.5-inch Intro Twisted Vista 6s and mounted 265/40 Nittos on at four corners.
He had to be ready for the car shows now, right? Sure enough, Ren hit the scene and he was looking pretty tight, but wasn't pulling any heavy jewelry home yet. What was the deal? Now he noticed people rolling around with custom paint, and he knew that graphics were next on his list. After getting a good referral from Dan at FBI, Ren decided to meet up with James Cashman of Cashman Customs in Concord, California. The two discussed ideas, and Ren showed James a few sketches of what he had in mind. After the meeting, it was time to go to work. Ren wanted a clean look, but he didn't want to move up a to a more competitive class at truck shows because he had performed too many body modifications. James kept it simple by shaving the tailgate handle and emblems, then smoothing out the stock door handles and painting them to match the graphics. Since the truck was still pretty new, and the stock toreador red looked clean, they decided to base the graphics on the stock color. The truck was painted using House of Kolor products, including Kandy Tangerine, Cinnamon Pearl, Candy Apple Red, and metallic silver. No detail was left untouched, even the bridge cover was decorated to match. By the time the truck was done, it was a whole new ride.