2000 Ford F-250 - Off Shore Duty
Sky-high four-bys are the norm nowadays and standing above the crowd is becoming increasingly more difficult. So, how do you spruce up an already mesmerizing lifted rig? Attaching a color-matched aqua rod to the chrome drop hitch is a great start. Take a gander at this month's Water Toys feature spectacular for a look at the answer. Ford's Super Duty is an already incredible truck, but with added flair and a Dana rocket taking up the rear, the combination screams, "Look at me." We're looking, alright.
Starting at the leading end of the parade is Michael Patrick's '00 Ford F-250 V-10. Featuring just enough chrome and color to get noticed, it does not exude an overdone cheesiness that plagues the lifted truck scene. "Just for fun," Mike says, is the reason he built the truck, and fun is what we like. Mike's blue flame special is sitting up in the atmosphere thanks to 8 inches of tire-clearing lift provided by Fabtech and professionally installed by Accessory House of Montclair, California. New front springs mate with lift blocks in the rear for a level playing field. All that lift created rolling room for 16-inch Mickey Thompson wheels, hugged by Pro Comp X-Terrains in large-by-wide P325/80R16. For those of you who don't have the formula, that equates to 36.5 inches of dirt-pounding traction. Slowing the bounce and jounce of such a large tire are Bilstein reservoir shocks, two per wheel. Billet reservoir mounts from Accessory House take care of the additional fluid tubes. Those Accessory House mounts share visual duty with chromed front shock hoops, steering arms, and rear traction bars. Chromed front and rear diff covers are also on hand for undercarriage shine. An after-cat exhaust capped with a stainless tip makes the V-10 sing.
It's not like you could miss the exterior features, but just so you don't, we'll tell you what Mike has on this F-250. At the nose, you'll find a DJ Motorsports stainless flame grille. Clear Euro-style headlights and corner lights blend seamlessly into the white and chrome scheme. Just above the grille resides a cowl-induction hood. Following in the shiny division are a billet fuel door and chrome Euro taillights. The triple-plated drop hitch only rides on days with the boat attached. Gelcoat-matching candy-like blue flames spread fire from the nose to the windshield, as well as bring heat to each side of Mike's hauler.
The interior is a much more sedate and simple layout compared to the rest of the truck's features. The factory gray cloth is set off by a hint of toys and sound. In the dash lies a brotherhood of Alpine pieces. A flip-face CD head unit gets a little extra kick with signals from the DVD head. Filling the headrests with visual arts is a pair of Accele's 6.5-inch screens. If the rear passengers decide they don't want to watch the Alpine-signal DVD, there is a PlayStation 2 on hand, under the rear bench. Behind that bench rest Fosgate amps and four 10-inch subs. Fosgate sound emitters are transplanted into the factory door locations as well. Audio Innovations of Glendora, California, were the choice for Mike's audio/video enhancement. They're just the thing to entertain a group stuck on the road headed for water recreation.
You can't have that river fun without a river gun, and the shooter in this case is a Dana Performance Boats 27 Offshore. The 27 comes with standard features that are optional on most cruisers. Powdercoated billet, hydraulic marine hatch hinges, Auto Meter gauges, Gaffrig controls, pop-up cleats and nav light, billet swim steps, built-in coolers, Imco drive shower, and a stainless four-blade prop are just some of the stock equipment stuffed into this package. Matter of fact, all the hardware rigged to this Dana is top-notch Rex Marine equipment. Fit from the factory with a 496 Mag HO, motorvated with 425 hp and capable of 65 mph, this Dana was destined for greener pastures. First on the list to go was the 496. In its place, a GM 502 was harnessed into position on the stringers before being topped by an Arizona Speed & Marine fuel-injection system. The horsepower bar was raised to a greater level with the current lay-up. Those 502 inches are now handing 502 ponies to the drive. The Bravo XR hanging from the transom is now capable of shoving this 5,000-pound skater across the chop at an easy 75 mph. Inside the engine compartment, the mirrored hatch, chrome CMI headers, and anodized diamond-plate floor complement the polished intake.
Comfort levels are off the charts in the 27 Offshore. This particular model is optioned with the open bow and can easily fit you and eight of your friends. The pure-white Designer Marine vinyl is embossed with just a hint of fiery presence. Deep bolstered buckets are front row and the most supportive for high-speed water assaults. Wrap-around-style seating in the forward open bow is not for the faint of heart at speed, and the rear bench offers high-back headrests for jet fighter-type passenger comfort. If you can't stand the heat, a walk-through under deck area is fit with a more relaxed couch-like resting place. Blue trim and billet add a little style to wherever you plant yourself.
From the open bow to the stern, this Dana is a floating rock concert. Speakers abound and there are no dead spots in this aural destroyer. Cabin-side is the preferred location for the head units, so as to not clutter the cockpit, but a remote control center keeps handy access from outside. Sony leads the way with a pre-amp head unit, locating signals from an XM satellite high above the river skies. If the mood strikes, ear-splitting hair bands are loaded into the Sony CD changer for additional head-banging. Explosive bass resonates from the two Fosgate 12-inch subs located in the forward bulkhead, powered by a Fosgate 1,000-watt amp. Four front and four rear 6.5-inch Fosgate coaxials are streamed power by way of two Fosgate 800-watt power supplies. Safely covering all the speakers are Ron's Custom Detail (RCD) flamed, chromed, billet speaker savers. You can find Ron and RCD in the heart of the heat, Lake Havasu City, Arizona. All stereo components are solidly mounted behind the starboard backrest and are accessed with a simple tug. Once again, Audio Innovations of Glendora was the source for musical installation.
Trailer of choice for hauling chores is an Extreme triple-axle trailer. Extreme builds these trailers for Dana Performance with longevity and class in mind. Full-length stainless steel fenders are highly polished before covering the rubber. Disc brakes bring the weighty Dana boat down from speed. A spare tire is factory equipment as well as diamond-plate steps all the way around. Powdercoated to a color-enhancing hue of the hot Dana gelcoat, Extreme Trailer manufactures a quality product that comes standard with all Dana boat packages.
With his high level of attention to detail and the backing of reputable companies, Michael has built himself a mini fleet of eye-popping toys. Pegging the meter in the fun department, it's all we could do to suppress our envy. Riding high in the saddle with good friends and good tunes on the way to a high-speed aqua-holics meeting is definitely the way to play.