2004 Ford F-150 - Franchise Ford
Even Tonka Trucks Aren't This Cool
In case you're confused, yes, this is a new '04 F-150; and, yes, those are 53-inch Michelins; and, yes, one wheel and tire is hovering above Mother Earth. Built in an astonishing 3 weeks, Justine Reece dumped all of his money into a project labeled '04 Tonka. With four-wheel hydraulics, 2-1/2-ton Rockwell axles, and a kickin' audio/video system, we think the engineers at Tonka are going back to the drawing board.
Driving the truck around Woodstock, Georgia, for nine months, Justin got a serious case of the stock truck blues and immediately began a truck build that saw his FX4 F-150 go from boring to borderline insane in less than a month. Recruiting the expertise of Southern Off-Road in Alpharetta, Georgia, he and the team devised a plan to make his F-150 do things Ford didn't know possible. Tearing into the Blue Oval, the guys removed the entire suspension setup and began building something we had never seen before.
Locating a pair of Rockwell 2-1/2-ton military axles, the heart of the underbelly was secured. While the four-link was being built in the rear, another four-link was custom-built for the front, along with a one-off subframe. Wanting maximum adjustability, Justin went against the norm and contacted Nowack Industries, of Bigfoot fame, for a set of custom hydraulics, front and rear. Keeping the fluid to these hydros under high pressure are custom-bent stainless hydraulic lines. Sticking with the custom theme, Justin also ordered a set of spindles from Nowack to accommodate a special set of 20x12-inch Spaz double-beadlock wheels designed to support massive 53-inch-tall Michelin XL tires. With tires of such size, USA 6x6-inch 1-ton disc brakes at the front and the rear were also installed to stop the rolling mass. Mocked up and looking like it might work, the Southern Off-Road team went ahead and welded, bolted, and secured everything together. One flip of the hydros later, and without any hesitation, Justin's rig quickly went from 38.4 inches tall to a walloping 52.4 inches tall. Bringing out all the stops, the guys flipped a couple more switches and before they knew it, one rear wheel could easily be lifted up into the atmosphere, three-wheel-style. After a quick disassembly, the parts were powdercoated yellow and plated by Goodrich Technologies. Amazed at how the suspension came together, Justin looked to spice things up on the inside.
Traffic Jams of Duluth, Georgia, was the shop of choice to perform the interior magic. Removing the rear seats and starting on a custom sub box, Hooker Audio was asked to wire all of the new audio and video. Now cranking tunes from the lifted beast is an Alpine IVA-D900 sending signals to four Diamond Audio amps, one in each front door. This power goes to two 15-inch Diamond Audio subs in the custom enclosure along with eight pairs of Diamond Audio mids and highs. For video, an Eclipse DVD player lights up two 7-inch Accele monitors in the visors, one Alpine overhead console, and two 15-inch Accele monitors in the rear doors. Also added to the mix were four cameras, four strobe lights, and a pair of Diamond Audio 6-1/2-inch speakers in the factory taillight location. Powering all of this audio and video equipment is an Ohio Alternator and an Optima battery. Keeping everything looking great is black and yellow suede wrapped around the door panels, headliner, and speaker box. Traffic Jams finished everything off with a sweet overhead console featuring its logo in strobes.
Keeping the massive tires rolling is the factory 5.4L with a Volant intake and Gibson exhaust adding some much needed ponies. As of September, little was done to the body because of time restraints, however, we're pretty sure Justin has some plans up his sleeve for some major body mods. If you work at Tonka and you need some new ideas, take a look at this bad F-150 and start making notes, because our Tonka trucks were never this cool.