2004 Ford F150 - One Fine Lemon Lime- Truckin' Cover Feature
A Refreshingly Cool F-150
When a new or redesigned truck is introduced to the public, you can bet it will only be a matter of time before a handful of hard-core custom truck enthusiasts will get their hands on one and start modifying it from roof to rocker, and grille to tailgate. There is nothing more cool than seeing a fresh custom pickup with less than 1,000 miles on the odometer roll into the truck show scene and wow the crowd while still clad with dealer plates. Often, the most impressive part about hearing an enthusiast's story of how their hot hauler was created is the time span in which the rolling work of art was brought to life. For those automotive enthusiasts who have turned their hobby into successful businesses, sometimes the pressures of producing top-notch project vehicles to display their company's goods can be considerable.
Everyone who is anyone in the automotive aftermarket business makes his or her way to the annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show held in early November in Las Vegas. This week-long event features new and innovative products on display, along with some of the brightest, boldest, and baddest custom trucks ever created. Each year, Street Scene Equipment of Costa Mesa, California, makes a strong appearance with a host of new products and wild custom haulers that force more than a few builders to go back to their drawing boards. While the week of SEMA is pure madness in and of itself, it is the months and weeks prior to the show that automotive aftermarket companies shift into fifth gear and pull more than a few all-nighters to complete its project vehicles. For the crew at Street Scene, the bar has been set high with regard to project trucks, as their previous creations have dazzled even the most critical of custom truck fanatics.
This year, SSE President and owner Mike Spagnola and Vice President of Marketing Tom Urbaniak were faced with the challenge of building a radical custom example of Ford's new '04 F-150, and they came through big time with the bright-yellow, slammed-in-the-weeds, 445hp Whipple Supercharged Blue Oval shown here. The truck successfully blends prominent sports car performance styling with smooth elements commonly found on the custom sport truck menu.
Having only a little over a month to build this bright stunner (Street Scene took delivery on September 3) presented quite a challenge, so the intimidating looks began by bringing the rocker panels down to a respectable level. Company employee Tony Ervolina installed custom Street Scene-designed coilover shocks, manufactured by Ireland Suspension of Duarte, California, up front to set the nose at an appropriate cruising altitude. Moving to the rear, the frame received a custom Street Scene designed C-section and re-arched leaf springs to set the rear fenderwells down firm over the rear 22-inch rolling package. For added stopping power, Stillen's cross-drilled brake rotors and stainless steel brake calipers, complete with Goodridge lines, were added to enhance performance and driveability. Enhancing the slammed stance are 22x8.5-inch front and 22x10.25-inch rear GFG Wheel Company, a division of Giovanna Wheels, GF-16 wheels mounted on P265/40ZR22 Toyo Proxes rubber up front, and P305/40ZR22 at the rear. The wheel blends a tuner-wheel look with sport-truck styling, creating a unique rolling package. After the suspension surgery and custom rolling package was completed, the truck was on its way to becoming one of the nicest custom '04 F-150s around, however, additional horsepower was definitely in order.
To improve upon the stock F-150 powerplant, Street Scene's freshly slammed creation was delivered to Whipple Superchargers in Fresno, California. The professional horsepower builders at Whipple strapped on one of its new polished supercharger units to give the F-150 tire-blazing capabilities when the go pedal is planted. Aiding further in the quest for more ponies is a Gibson exhaust system and a K&N air filter, while an Optima battery provides the mill with ample cranking power. An available 445 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque tells us those rear Toyo hides will most likely be replaced fairly soon.
With the hammered stance and potent powerplant completed, the truck was brought back to Southern California, where the crew at Street Scene added some body enhancements from their vast inventory. Up front, a Street Scene front bumper cover and Generation I valance make the nose come alive. Street Scene brushed aluminum main and valance grilles, along with a Street Scene fiberglass hood with Speed Grille inserts and a Street Scene smooth wiper cowl round out the bolt-on facial features. Moving rearward, a Street Scene six-piece side skirt kit lends an aerodynamic touch to the truck's exterior attitude, while a Street Scene roll pan and tailgate handle relocator clean up the scene out back. Smooth Street Scene bedrail caps accent the truck's bodylines, while a Street Scene wing promotes the truck's performance elements. Should company owner Mike Spagnola desire to tow his ski boat to the river or his dirt bikes to the desert, a Street Scene Equipment hidden hitch was added behind a flip-up license plate frame for easy access.
Completion of the bolt-on body enhancements led to performing some serious metal massaging, and there was only one shop for the job. L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California, specializes in mild to wild custom vehicles and employs some of the world's most talented painters and metal artists, so shaving the F-150's skin and adding the bright-yellow base hue was a walk in the park. To add some classic style to go along with all the new-age technology, L&G fabricated custom front fender cutout vents and shaved the door handles. Door poppers from Audio Innovations in Glendora, California, allow for easy remote entry. The tailgate handle was shaved by L&G using a Street Scene relocator, and once the welding, grinding, sanding, and smoothing was complete, the truck was rolled into the paint booth and coated with a House of Kolor Lemon Yellow base with Lime Gold Candy Apple over the top. The result is a bold and bright Ford with style and class written all over it.
With the stance, performance, and exterior looks wrapped up, Mike Spagnola and Tom Urbaniak turned their attention to addressing the truck's in-cab creature comforts. First, an ear-piercing and heart-thumping audio system was designed and installed over at Audio Innovations in Glendora. Car stereo sound expert Joe Provenzano filled the dash with an Audiovox head unit and a TV monitor, backed by 16 speakers, including three 12-inch Cerwin-Vega subwoofers. Cerwin-Vega mids and separates fill the front and rear doors, while Arc Audio amplifiers mounted on the back cab wall provide ample thumping power. A total of four Audiovox TV monitors fill the cab, with a monitor in each headrest, one overhead console monitor, and one in the dash. An Audiovox navigation system helps any Street Scene employee who gets behind the wheel find their way while listening to their favorite tunes on the crystal clear sound system.
To complement the inside entertainment amenities, the factory upholstery was spiced up with black suede centers on the stock black leather by Car Craft of Carson, California. The stitching pros at Car Craft recovered the door panels with black leather and suede with yellow stitching, and the dash with black suede and leather for a high-tech look. Up top, a black suede headliner blends in with the other elegant interior upgrades. Certain areas of the dash and door panels were treated to both an aluminum and carbon fiber look by Phoenix Images of Rowlett, Texas. Tricking out the stock steering wheel was American Stitches of Mesquite, Texas, giving the wheel a unique aluminum look. Billet Superstore in Anaheim, California, took care of installing all the trick interior accents. In addition to all the visual and electronic upgrades present on Street Scene's sensational Ford is a state-of-the-art Windows-based computer system by Eleet Systems which can store up to 1,000 CDs and 20 DVDs, and features a program which can link up to a home computer, allowing the operator to turn on home amenities from the vehicle. Imagine pulling up to your house and having the lights turned on and the Jacuzzi ready to enjoy. Now. that is state-of-the-art technology.
Since its completion, Street Scene's bright-yellow beauty was displayed in the Ford Motor Company booth at SEMA and the NASCAR Race in Florida, the week after SEMA. After exploring all the custom possibilities of Ford's new F-150, Street Scene Equipment has developed more than 100 part numbers for the truck. This project would not be as successful as it has been without the assistance of the staff of L&G Enterprises, Sandy Walsh of Ford Motor Company, House of Kolors, Joe Provenzano of Audio Innovations, Colby Mcghee of Billet Superstore, and all of the product contributors. When it comes to custom trucks created in under six months, it does not get much better than Street Scene's new F-150.