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2005 Ford F350 Super Duty - Abstract Design

A Twin Step, Twin Engine With A Turbo Lead

Harley Camilleri
Jun 1, 2006
Photographers: Harley Camilleri
Photo 2/2   |   2005 Ford F350 Super Duty hauling Mistress
It's amazing what pushes a man to the breaking point. The catastrophic failure of some seemingly trivial tidbit can be a recipe for disaster. Don't believe it won't happen to you, because just when all seems serene and calm, along comes the brick wall you never saw coming. Like the bird of lore, one must rise from the ashes renewed and invigorated to get back into the game of life.
Dan Ellis had one such failure in his life that altered his path just a smidge, but that was enough to open the door to this fine pair of playthings. Dan was in the hunt for a boat, and miles be damned, he found exactly what he wanted in Grand Lake, Oklahoma. Not exactly near his Southern California home but nothing a road trip couldn't cure. Once home with his new prize, a new truck was added to the party (because he had been in a friend's Super Duty and that's all that was needed to sell him on one).
Trips to the water are handled with aplomb in the 2005 Ford Super Duty. Packaged standard with a turbo 6.0L, Dan sought to add just a bit more power to pull the weight of the boat and trailer package. Pumping up the power in stages is an Edge Juice with in-cab Attitude controller stashed neatly in the ashtray so as to stay out of sight. Helping the programmer do its job is a Banks air intake and exhaust package. Driving height was given a shot in the arm thanks to Fabtech Engineering. With its new 6-inch lift, featuring 4.0 Pro Logic coilover shocks and a four-link, Dan's truck has a ride that no leaf spring can touch. Fabtech traction bars and Bilstein shocks, aided by an airbag helper setup, close out the chassis package. Centerline 17x10-inch Wildcat wheels shod in 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires roll out the overall package.
A couple toys inside make driving more enjoyable for Dan and his passengers. After dropping off the Blue Oval at Ace Customs in Santa Clarita, California, it came out of the bay doors loaded with entertainment. Pioneer was chosen for its AVIC-D1 head unit due to the XM NavTraffic, XM satellite radio, and iPod capabilities. Next to the Edge Attitude controller in the ashtray you will find the iPod filled with 1,000 songs for any discernible musical interest. Both headrests were fitted with Savv widescreen monitors for rear viewing of video; and choices for inputs stem from the Sony Playstation mounted in the flip-down rear armrest or the Micro Vision DVD/MP3 player stashed under the center console. Audio fill-in was given a life all its own by mounting two Rockford Fosgate amplifiers under the rear seat to jack up the signals sent away towards three Kicker solo-baric 8-inch subs mounted in an enclosure behind the rear seat and separates plugging the holes where the stock speakers once resided. Livening up the outside was left in the capable hands of Paul Adams and Abstract Fiberglass in Reseda, California. PPG colors were matched to the graphic scheme of the boat and laid down over Ford's O.E. refrigerator white. The custom-mixed colors blend seamlessly towards the rear, almost as if they were being drawn towards their desired destination behind them.
Atop the triple-axle Myco trailer is the aquatic half of the equation, a 2002 Cigarette Mistress. Humorously enough, a fitting model designation for the situation. Thirty-five feet in length, the twin-step deep-V is an offshore work of art. This particular boat is fit with dual Mercury 500 EFIs bursting with horsepower and moving this behemoth through the waves by way of dual Bravo XR drives. Bravo 1 props twist in harmony and are able to keep the hull moving at nearly 90 mph. A mirrored engine hatch makes it look right, and sea strainers with fresh water flush are making sure it stays around for a while. Controlling it all takes skills and the right equipment, so Max Marine steering, Garmin GPS, and a halon fire system are in place, along with Gaffrig gauges to keep everything on the up-and-up.
An outstanding display for all the senses, this couple draws a crowd wherever they roam. Not much is on the "to do" list, as most of it is already just perfect, but the owner informs us that the limited audio in the boat isn't doing his ears any favors. So be on the lookout near you and be sure to ask for a grand tour of Dan's Mistress, as she doesn't disappoint.
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