Dr. Frankenstein used parts from different human bodies to assemble his monster. He brought life to the creature with the power of lightning. As a child, Rob Ida of Ida Automotive in Morganville, New Jersey, must have been truly moved by this monster story.

Bob Ida (Rob's father) owns a renowned hot-rod fabrication shop, which Rob took to at an early age. With the help of his father, Rob started building hot rods when he was 11, and by the age of 14, Rob built a rod that landed on a magazine cover. He and his father have built some of the baddest hot rods on the planet, including our favorite '41 Willys coupe that Street Rodder magazine labeled Razorback.

When Rob decided he wanted to build something other than a street rod, he looked to the latest trend in the market. The choice wasn't hard. The truck market has always been strong and for the most part has done nothing but gain momentum since the early '80s.

Rob was overwhelmed by Frankenstein's fabrication skills and was assured his skills were just as good - if not better. Rod decided the base of his monstrosity would come in the form of an '04 Ford F-150. Rob knew that Ford had dropped its Lightning-series program, and he was bent on making his own version of the fast Ford by creating what was to become the"Frightning."

It was going to take more than just hot-rod style to bring life to his monstrosity, so a little bling, roadster, G-machine, dragster, desert prerunner, and salt-flat lakester were combined to form the concept.

When Rob's dad gets involved, no off-the-shelf part will do. Bob Ida carved the bling from billet aluminum for the wheels. A McPhearson strut-style front suspension by Art Morrison provides the street-roadster touch. The rear four-link out back has the launch setup of a dragster. A sheetmetal-fabricated 9-inch differential housing is the desert prerunner pick of choice. Twin Garret turbos have the bedside manners of a "I'll do anything for power" lakester. A low roll center and meat selection has the atypical G-machine scenario.

The mass of all the assembled parts really has a monstrous first impression. And if you ever saw it in action, you'd know why they call it the Frightning.

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