Ever since Gary Locke got his driver's license at the age of 16, he's always had a love for cars and trucks. He grew up in the age of the musclecars and owned a couple of GTOs. Of course, at the time, those vehicles we have grown to love were not as rare as they have become today. They were not appreciated as much as they should have been because no one had any idea they would become the classics people treasure today. Gary was no different in taking the first cars he owned for granted. He did have his fun driving them and always fitted them to his needs. They were used and not cherished the way they should have been.

Once Gary got older and had a few kids, he and his wife, Carol, decided to do more things as a family. Their plan was to go out camping in the many places the State of Utah has to offer. Since Gary grew up in a family of nine, his family always shared good times while camping. Of course, he wanted his sons to have the same good experiences that he had when he was a child.

With their minds set on traveling to rough uninhabited areas, they needed a big vehicle that could transport all of them, able to muscle through any paths on the way to the great outdoors. After a trip to the local Ford dealership, the Lockes had a brand-new F-350 Super Duty. It became their flagship for the local grocery runs and for those trips out of town. It served its purpose in stock form, until Gary started to read Sport Truck magazine and saw what others had done to their trucks. Then, he started to develop various ideas on how to make the family truck cooler to drive.

The F-350 got a few new accessories to make it better than its stock form. Once the ball was rolling, the truck progressed further than just minor touches. For more clearance in rugged terrain, a Pro Comp 8-inch lift kit over big wheels and tires did the trick. After that, Gary decided to go full show with the truck and wanted to paint it orange. He asked his wife, thinking that she would say no, but she told him he could do anything he wanted to it. With his wife's approval, Gary went all out with the paint and then on to customizing the interior.

As the years passed by, it evolved into the truck you see here. This Ford now looks better than it ever has, and it's still used after all of the modifications that were performed to it. For Gary, owning a custom vehicle like this is something he has wanted for some time now. The great thing about it is that it fills Gary's fix for a show vehicle and gets the job done hauling the family around.

THE 411

OWNER/HOMETOWN:
Gary and Carol Locke / South Weber, Utah

YEAR/MAKE/MODEL:
'99 Ford F-350 Super Duty

ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN:
7.3L Power Stroke turbodiesel / Edge Products Evolution Stage 3 computer tuner / AIRAID intake / 4-inch MagnaFlow exhaust / six-speed manual transmission / 3:73 axle ratio
BY: Powerplay Performance of Ogden, Utah

RIMS:
FRONT: Weld Racing Cheyenne 20x12-inch
REAR: Weld Racing Cheyenne 20x12-inch

TIRES:
FRONT: Nitto Mud Grappler Extreme Terrain 38x15.50R20LT
REAR: Nitto Mud Grappler Extreme Terrain 38x15.50R20LT

SUSPENSION:
FRONT: Pro Comp 5-inch lift springs with 2-inch spring hangers / three Pro Comp 9000 chrome shocks over each corner
REAR: Pro Comp 5-inch lift springs with 2-inch blocks / three Pro Comp 9000 chrome shocks over each corner
ACCESSORIES: Clear Gear differential cover
CHASSIS: N/A
BY: Powerplay Performance of Ogden, Utah

BODY MODS:
'00 Ford F-350 clear headlight and turn signal assembly / Precision billet grille insert / Westin step bars / APC Euro taillights / Trenz flamed third brake light cover and pedals / Leer tonneau cover / billet gas door / Bushwacker fender flares
BY: Powerplay Performance of Ogden, Utah

CUSTOM PAINT:
House of Kolor Sunset pearl, Yellow, and Passion Purple / lime-green pinstriping by Bruno's of Ogden, Utah
BY: Brett Harris of Kaysville, Utah

INTERIOR:
Painted dash, shifter, plastic seat sidings, pedals, armrest on doors, and miscellaneous plastics by Brett Harris / Ichibahn shift knob / Trenz flamed billet rearview mirror / Nu-Image white with red flamed gauge face / Auto Meter boost gauge / custom orange and tan Katzkin seat covers / wrapped door panels, steering wheel, floor mats, and custom flamed headliner
BY: Old Skool Upholstery of Centerville, Utah

AUDIO/VIDEO:
Blue Oval CD/radio/cassette player head unit / Blue Oval speakers
BY: Ford Motor Company

CLUB:
N/A

SPECIAL THANKS:
Their sons Adam, James, and Jacob / Blain and Jeremy of Powerplay for all the hard work and friendship / Craig and Teresa Rawson for cleaning, polishing, and everything to get the truck ready for show

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