You should know by now what was next, another visit to a show, another new idea, and this time, his wife Rose brought it up. "You know, you might as well take it to the top," she said. That woman is a keeper. The interior was a whole new land for Ren, and it started by going back to Cashman Customs for some custom paint. James took the stock door panels, smoothed them flat, and sprayed them the factory toreador red with some wicked tangerine pinstriping. If you look at the door panels, you'll notice a piece of sheetmetal riveted to the bottom of it. That's also the handiwork of James at Cashman, who cut out the tribal pattern with a plasma cutter and left the rough edges for a custom look. Next, it was off to Larry's Custom Upholstery in Napa, California, to stitch in some red leather into the seat inserts. The whole family helps out with this truck, too, as evidenced by the purchase of chromed interior pieces by Ren's son Chris. Throw in some aluminum floor mats and a Colorado Custom Climax steering wheel, and you've got yourself a formula for a show winner, right?
Man, you just haven't been following along, have you? Ren wasn't going to head to another show with the Ford until he had some more work done. Now it was time for the stereo, but it's never just about the sound these days, is it? Any cool truck has to have monitors everywhere, and Ren's ride is no exception. It all starts with a double-din Kenwood DDX-7015 DVD Monitor head unit, which does everything that you'd expect and more. The DVD portion feeds a video signal to a pair of Eiger Vision 5.6-inch monitors in the headrests, and a Microvision MTV-7SW mounted in a drop-down off the headliner. For speakers, Bazooka mids and highs cover the front, while Eclipses run the rear doors. There's also a JL Audio stealth box hidden under the seat, next to a pair of JL Audio amps, an e4300 for the mids and highs, and an e1800 for the sub. Motor Music of Concord, California, hooked Ren up with the setup and the install for the Ford.
It took a long time, but Ren finally did make it to that show. That show was the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and if you're not in the industry, you've got to get an invite to be there. That's where we caught up with Ren and shot the pics you see here today. Now it's time for the trophies.
THE 411Owner/hometown: Ren Robinson / American Canyon, California
Year/make/model: '04 Ford F-150 Crew Cab
Engine/drivetrain: 4.6L V-8 with automatic tranny
Wheels/tires: 22x8.5-inch Intro Twisted Vista 6 / Nitto 265/40R22
Suspension: Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves up front / Air Ride 900 'bags out back / DJM lower control arms / Total Chaos upper control arms with uni-balls / Air Ride compressors and 1/2-inch valves
Fabricator: Clint Petree and Nick Germano at SIC Motorsports in San Jose, California
Body Mods: Shaved tailgate handle and emblems / smoothed handles
Custom Paint: Stock toreador red and silver two-tone, with House of Kolor Tangerine, Kandy Apple Red, and Cinnamon Pearl graphics / paintwork by James Cashman at Cashman Customs in Concord, California
Interior: Red leather accent stripe / billet and chrome accessories / Colorado Customs Climax steering wheel / painted and pinstriped door panels
Upholsterer: Larry's Custom Upholstery in Napa, California
Audio/video: Kenwood DDX-7015 DVD/Monitor Deck / Eiger Vision 5.6-inch Monitors in headrests / Microvision MTV-7SW in drop-down / JL Audio e4300 amp for mids/highs / JL Audio e1800 for sub / SAS Bazooka RX-6S mids/highs (front) / Eclipse SE-8373 (rear) / JL Audio Stealthbox with 10W3
Special Thanks: Ren would like to thank his club Acrophobia, Clint and Nick at SIC Motorsports, Robert Espajo at Motor Music, and a special shout out to his parents, his son Christopher, and his wife Rose.