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1998 Ford F150 - YPURCHN

Stop Drooling Over This F-150

Dan Ward
Dec 1, 2009
Photographers: Dan Ward
Looking around the parking lots at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, there aren't too many good-looking rides besides the occasional Boss 302 Mustang. That is until you take a look in the far corner where no one parks because it's too long of a walk. There you'll find a laid out '98 Ford F-150 that has many students envious and curious. Both emotions revolve around how low the truck is and how in the world a college student was able to pull off a full-blown show truck. In his own words, Trent Scarborough told us, "It was better to spend my money on a truck than at the mall on CDs and other stupid stuff teenagers buy." "It all just snowballed", he admits. Tuckin' 22s and bangin' tunes from the three 10-inch subs, it's easy to see why Trent has to tell fellow college students to wipe their chins.
Photo 2/9   |   1998 Ford F150 right Side Angle
Wanting a Ford that was lower than most, Trent got to work finding a shop capable of cutting up his F-150. When we asked him who performed the suspension mods, he laughed and said "They get no credit for the build since they screwed me out of parts and money." Bummer, another wanna-be shop over-promised and under-performed. We feel your pain Trent. Here's what was done to the suspension: a 33/4-inch body drop was performed using 2x4-inch box tubing, Firestone 'bags added, and a three-link welded to the rear with a Watts link.
Cris Collins did come through and help out with the rear and he also helped run the 1/2-inch copper line that connects to 1/2-inch chrome ASCO ups and 3/8-inch dumps. The stock gas tank was cut down to clear the drop and can now hold 16 gallons of fuel. Bolted to the front spindles are cross-drilled and slotted rotors. Those brakes can barely be seen because of how much the 55B-series U2 wheels tuck under each fender. Creating the contact patch and protecting each chrome hoop are Nitto 420S tires sized 265/35R22.
Photo 3/9   |   1998 Ford F150 left Side Angle
After being disappointed because of three different shops' lack of abilities and integrity with the suspension, Trent sourced Moonshine Customs, in Winder, Georgia, to handle the paint and bodywork. An up and coming paint shop, Moonshine Customs quickly got to work smoothing out the unnecessary parts on the Ford. Lost to the welder were the door handles, body moldings, roof drip rails, taillights, and the factory third brake light. New additions added included: a Grant Kustoms tailgate skin, new LED third brake light, AVS bi-color LED taillights, and door poopers. Ready for paint, the Ford was sprayed with House of Kolor Cobalt Blue and DuPont Hot Hues metallic silver with charcoal candy in the graphic. Moonshine Customs offset the bold colors with an orange pinstripe. Final assembly saw a Cervinis hood added, Distinctive Truck front stainless bumper, Carriage Works billet grille, and billet hot rod mirrors. Moonshine did a great job on the paint, as the truck shines in the Georgia sunlight.
Looking to seal the deal and create an interior worthy of a show truck, Trent once again looked to Moonshine Customs who smoothed and painted most of the interior and painted the fiberglass sub box in the back of the cab. Housing three Audiobahn 10-inch subs and powered by a huge Orion 2500D amp, Trent's F-150 s the perfect escape for those dreaded exams. Mids and highs are handled by MB Quart components in the door panels and controlling the system is a Pioneer DVD head unit. Spider Gear Customs, in Douglasville, Georgia, wrapped the bucket seats in blue and grey leather and out of Canada built the one-off billet steering wheel. Finishing off the interior, Moonshine Customs installed the blue-painted one-piece fiberglass headliner.
Besides adding some dress-up chrome, JBA headers and exhaust, and an Air Force One air intake under the hood, Trent's Ford was ready to terrorize the reflectors on the Georgia highways. Extending thanks to his dad, David and to Moonshine Customs for all of their quality efforts, Trent was quick to say this truck taught him a lesson he'll never forget. It may have been a long hard road to get his truck where it's at now, but we're confident that Trent's next build will cause even more drool to fall.


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