2004 Ford F250 Super Duty - Skeletor
A Super Duty Airbrush Canvas
Mike Kovchian bought this F-250 on Halloween of 2004 because he was itching for a new project to go full-bore, both inside and out, with swarming skeletons. Mike wanted everything about the truck to stand out, and the easiest way was to get the whole truck above the crowd. Santa Clarita Off Road used Atlas leaf springs to lift the truck 12 inches in the front and 14 inches in the back to make plenty of room for 39.5-inch-tall Interco TSL Boggers, which were mounted onto American Eagle wheels. The increased altitude and tire mass meant that several suspension and steering modifications were necessary. To correct the pinion angle, the spring perches were cut off of the factory front axle, then re-welded to tilt 15 degrees, and a new long-travel front driveshaft was installed to connect to the transfer case. Turning the increased mass of the 39.5-inch tire is a hydraulically-assisted crossover steering system that helps to reduce the steering effort.
Both front and rear axles are filled with 4.88 Yukon gears and are dampened via dual Bilstein 7100 remote reservoir shocks. While the 4.88 gears help the truck move, the 6.0L turbodiesel still got a big boost of power from a Triple Dog tuner and Power Pup downloader from Bully Dog, and a 4-inch Silverline exhaust. So, although Mike's truck appears stock underneath the hood, it has plenty of power to light up the massive rubber. Hannemann fiberglass front fender and flared bedsides give the Super Duty an aggressive look. It allows Mike to take advantage of the increased wheel travel from the springs and steering, without destroying any of the bodywork. Additional modifications to the body include a Keystone fiberglass hood and an '05 Ford grille shell filled with a billet insert. LED headlights and a Road Armor bumper finish up the front.
Moving towards the rear of the truck, you'll notice a shaved gas door and tailgate, and a faceted Road Armor bumper to finish everything off. With the crew at Northwest Auto Body convinced that all of the new panels were perfectly aligned and ready to be sprayed, they gave the truck several coats of Ford Wedgewood Blue, Mercedes-Benz Silver, and a custom-mixed fluorescent green, all from PPG. Then, they let Abel Rocha go wild with his airbrush gun.
It would be easy to say that you can recognize Abel Rocha's airbrushing from a mile away, but that would be an insult to the amazing amount of detail that is apparent in his work. From 50 yards away, the airbrush work is eclipsed by the blue, silver, and custom-mixed green. The tribal graphics offer plenty of contrast, and onlookers are drawn in to take a closer look. Once you step closer and realize what lies behind the green paint, you'll want to spend some time picking up every subtlety of the airbrushed skeletons and demons. If you open the door, you'll see Abel's handiwork doesn't stop on the exterior. Even the doorjambs weren't ignored when wrapping the Ford with graphics, and the interior features even more vivid airbrushing.
Valley Custom Audio built the fiberglass center console where you'll find more skulls and skeletons on the inside, but on the center console is a she-devil and two more female forms that appear, in contrast, to be very much alive. Matching the smooth fiberglass console, the dash and door panels were also smoothed before Valley Custom Audio installed and wired the stereo. A Pioneer AVH-P6800DVD head unit is the brain that sends signals to a 17-inch plasma mounted in the center console, as well as the speakers scattered throughout the cab. Eight Polk Audio 6-3/4-inch speakers and their accompanying tweeters, two in each door, provide the mids and highs, while two 12-inch R-Series Alpine subwoofers thump from between the rear seats. Concealed below the subs are Rockford Fosgate amps. From Mike's driver-seat vantage point, a full array of Auto Meter gauges were molded into the dash and center console. These help him to keep an eye on the truck's vitals, including the front and rear differential temperature, exhaust gas temperature, boost pressure, and transmission temperature. For a steering wheel, Mike chose a half-wrap BAD Carnage, what else?
Mike managed to transform this Super Duty in 18 months, and it still looks good-despite the miles that he's racked up on it. It's a testament to the quality work that was done, and Mike is quick to point out who's helped him along the way. Mike would like to thank Santa Clarita Off Road, Northwest Auto Body, Valley Custom Audio, and Abel Rocha, for the hard work that went into building his F-250.