The rest of the truck is pretty straightforward to maintain a clean appearance while still drawing maximum attention. The interior received color-keyed leather inserts, and the dash bezels were sanded smooth and painted to match the outside of the truck. The lower portions of the door panels were also outfitted with diamond-tread plating, which we assume is there to protect the panels when Jason swings himself up into the cab via the door handles. The diamond-tread pattern is carried over to the exterior of Jason's truck through a mixture of both tribal and traditional flames in the paint. The steady hand of Tony Declet added the airbrushed diamonds and drop shadows to the Marina Auto Collision paintjob.
Fifty-eight thousand dollars and two years later, Jason got his really big truck built and trailered it to the SEMA Show, where we spotted it. After working out the logistics of moving the behemoth to our top-secret photo location, and then moving it again because we got kicked out of our location, we watched in amazement as Jason drove the Ford up an off-camber dirt trail no wider than a Yugo.
Although trailered for most of its life, this Ford really did work and we've got all the respect in the world for it. Jason says he originally was building this truck to go off-roading at the Pismo Beach sand dunes and it just spiraled out of control. We think he'll go to Pismo anyway. No matter what, he accomplished mission number one: get it in the mag!
Jason McCoy / Salinas, California
'05 Ford F-350 Super Duty
6.0L diesel / aFe air intake / MBRP 5-inch exhaust system / Edge computer programmer
BY: West Coast Diesel, Salinas, California
Front & Rear: 20x12 Weld Racing Dune with 4.5 inches of backspacing
Front & Rear: 16.00x20.00 Michelin XZL military tires
Front: Goodyear 1R12-568 24-inch-diameter air springs / King 18-inch-stroke, 2.5-inch-diameter reservoir shocks
Rear: Goodyear 1R12-568 24-inch-diameter air springs / King 18-inch-stroke, 2.5-inch-diameter reservoir shocks
Accessories: Air Ride Technologies valves / Viair 480C compressors / 9-gallon reserve air tanks / steel-braided air lines / remote-controlled airbag system
Chassis: Stock frame with bolt-on 2.25x0.180-inch DOM tubular subframe / custom disconnect sway-bar end links
BY: Big Bear Customs, Salinas, California
BY: Airbrushing by Tony Declet / pinstriping by Frank Signs / paint by Marina Auto Collision, Marina, California
Two-tone leather seating / custom door-panel inserts / painted dash bezels
BY: Howard's Upholstery, Salinas, California
Escondido Chrome, Marina Collision, Green Valley Industrial, CSC of Salinas, Tom Artellan Jr., DC Customs, Mark Aday, West Coast Diesel