• Part 1 - Header & Exhaust Install
• Part 2 - Supercharger Install
• Part 3 - Lowering Kit Install
• Part 4 - Wheel & Tire Install
• Part 5 - Big Brake Install
• Part 6 - Electric Fan Install

We are excited to introduce Project Dark Horse, an '04 F-150 standard cab, shortbed with a 5.4L V-8 and automatic. Fans of Blue Oval trucks have been asking for more Ford presence in the pages of Sport Truck, so here it is, and it's going to be fantastic. To launch the project and give you an idea of what the finished truck will look like, here's an illustration by Jimmy Smith of Jimmy's Hot Rod Design in Glendale, Arizona. Jimmy's creative concepts appear regularly in Rod & Custom, Street Rodder, Custom Rodder, Lowrider, and Classic Trucks.

Jimmy is not only a talented artist, but he's a truck guy, too. He's building a slammed '64 Ford pickup for himself. "My love for custom cars and trucks cannot be founded on any one major influence," says Jimmy. "While I do favor certain eras, ignoring the others is not an option. I dig it all and try to mix clean style into whatever I do."

If you'd like to see more of Jimmy's work or have him create a concept illustration for your next project, go to www.jimmyshotroddesign.com, or call (602) 330-4318. In the meantime, here's a brief outline of what's going into Project Dark Horse. It's going to be a breed apart. So, if you are interested, then turn the page and check out Dark Horse's first performance modification: JBA Headers and Bassani exhaust system.

Mechanical:
JBA headers, a Bassani exhaust, a Powerdyne centrifugal supercharger, new fuel injectors, a cold-air intake, and Predator computer reprogramming.

Stance:
McGaughy's static drop kit, an AIM air-ride kit, high-performance shocks, a rear stabilizer, performance brakes/vented rotors, 23-inch Tezzen alloy wheels, and Nitto 295/30R23 tires.

Exterior:
Auto Air Colors' black with two pearl white racing stripes and rocker panel graphics like the Ford GT 500, a Street Scene hood, a front bumper cover, side skirts, a steel rear roll pan (with two round taillights), a front cowl cover and sport mirrors with turn indicators, a black horizontal billet grille, shaved insignias, door handles and taillights, reverse tailgate handle, smoothed tailgate, antenna and third brake light in cab removed, TaleGator power tailgate, a Gaylord X-2000 Series lid, and a Clifford remote-start system with door-popper.

Interior:
Center console from an '04 Expedition, heated power seat bases, black leather seats, a black wood steering wheel, a brushed silver stainless steel dash kit, a Sony audio/video system, and a GPS system.