2004 Custom Ford F-150 - Ballistic Blue Oval
Contemporary Cool with Classic Inspiration
It takes a special type of enthusiast to take a brand-new truck and start cutting and grinding. Most people would consider a person who cuts up a brand-new truck crazy, but to a truck enthusiast, it's just plain awesome. Casey Scranton, owner and operator of CGS Motorsports, is known as an authority in the exhaust business and has spent the last several years helping custom truck owners find the perfect vocal tone for their rides. If Casey's name sounds familiar, it should. His name graces the title of the famous "Caddy Hack" truck that debuted on the cover of the March 2000 issue of Truckin'. Since Casey's chop-top '90 Chevy set the custom truck scene on fire back in 2000, a few more CGS creations have made it to the Truckin' pages. The '04 Ford F-150 shown here is Casey's latest 'bagged and smoothed promotional tool. Similar to most projects that roll out of the Scranton shop, Ballistic Blue Oval was built in a short 5 weeks for the '03 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Old-school hot-rod pinstriping was applied to the tailgate by "Hot Dog" of West Coast Choppers.
Since the clock was ticking, Casey called up good friend Jeff Davey at Devious Customs in Ontario, California, to hammer the truck flat on the ground. Jeff delivered with custom front 'bag mounts holding Firestone 2600 airbags and a Devious Customs three-link system out back with Firestone F-9000 tapered air sleeve 'bags. A healthy rear step notch provided excess room for the rear differential to roam. Oxygen to the front and rear bellows comes courtesy of 1/2-inch Parker valves, 1/2-inch air lines, Devious fittings, and a Viair 380 compressor. Bilstein shocks damp the suspension forward and aft. To accept the bold 22-inch rollers Casey planned to tuck in the fenderwells, the factory rearend had to be narrowed 8 inches.
When the air bellows are collapsed, 22x8-inch front and 22x10-inch rear Boyd Coddington Genesis billet wheels mounted on Toyo Proxes P265/40ZR22 front and P305/40ZR22 rear rubber fit snuggly in the wheelwells. For a slightly different spin, Casey had Central Powder Coating in Brea, California, hook up the wheel centers with black powdercoating and stuffed SSBC performance brakes behind them for visual esthetics and quick stopping performance.
After the truck was successfully laid on the pavement, it was trailered back to CGS Motorsports for a bit of body massaging before the stunning black over red paint scheme was applied. The rearview was smoothed with a Street Scene roll pan and a shaved tailgate handle, while the bed was topped with a Gaylord's X-2000 tonneau cover. Casey and his father, Ron, grafted a pair of Cadillac Escalade door handles into the factory Ford landscape and shipped the truck to Bern's Restoration in Santa Maria, California, for the DuPont CGS red and black two-tone. A simple silver pinstripe was used to break up the opposing hues and some freestyle '50s artwork was applied to the tailgate by "Hot Dog" of West Coast Choppers.
With the paint barely tacky, Ballistic Blue Oval was brought back to SoCal for the final reassembly thrash session. Advantage Audio in Brea, California, had the truck in its shop for a few days to hook the cab up with an arsenal of ear-blasting electronics. An Audiovox head unit sits at the helm of the system, while a pair of Kicker amplifiers power two 10-inch Kicker Solobaric subwoofers. Kicker mids and highs deliver midrange authority to the listening experience, while an Audiovox audio/video system provides viewing pleasure for front- and rear-seat passengers. The dash was smoothed and painted to match the exterior paint theme, and Classic Soft Trim stitched a leather and suede blend on the seats to enrich the inside experience. Radi's Custom Upholstery covered the door panels in suede to match the rest of the fabric updates, while Joe Conduff from House of Tint darkened up the factory glass to give Casey a bit more privacy.
Casey Scranton has built a few wild custom trucks and has earned a solid reputation in the automotive aftermarket arena. Ballistic Blue Oval is his finest example to date of a truck that can strut its stuff at the shows and pound the freeways Monday through Friday. Maybe more enthusiasts should build custom trucks in a 5-week time frame.