Ford F350 Superduty - The Hauler
A Daily Driven Custom 1-Ton
How surprised would you be if we told you this beautiful, laid-out Ford F-350 wasn't Milo Reyna's show truck? As he describes it, "I built this dualie to haul my show truck and it kind of got out of hand." Milo's 1-ton Ford may have started out with a purpose solely to tow his wild show-ready Chevy C10, but once he started adding little things here and there, with a blink of an eye and several big checks written, he had himself a trophy-snagging tow rig. So what does he do now that it's in such pristine condition? He drives it, of course. As a Chevrolet Sales Manager in Georgetown, Texas, his co-workers get a kick out of him arriving to work, only to lay out his Blue Oval dualie in the Bow Tie parking lot. Serving as a rolling paradox, this truck proves that Ford faithful and Chevrolet lovers can get along and when the custom blood gets flowing, an amazing result happens.
Starting off the dualie's progression, Milo rolled on a lowered DJM suspension until one day he decided his F-350 had to be on the ground. Arriving at Mind To Metal, in Houston, Ray Robbins and Matt Watson began cutting and welding until the frame was on terra firma. Up front, a custom crossmember was fabricated to accommodate a '99 1-ton Chevy HD suspension setup. McGaughy's 3-inch drop spindles work in conjunction with Slam Specialties HE8 airbags to bring the front end down. Out back, Mind To Metal relocated the factory fuel tank for added clearance and then got busy fabbing up a two-link with Panhard bar. The custom-made 3x6x1/4-inch bridge adds both good looks and strength for pulling the gooseneck trailer. Slam Specialties 'bags were again used out back and with the engine-driven compressor supplying plenty of air, the dualie easily lays out and airs back up quickly. The suspension was finally to Milo's standard, however, new wheels were in order and Milo ordered a set of 22-inch Dima Wheels dualie wheels and wrapped all six billet hoops in Toyo Proxes 265/35R22 tires. Once the custom wheels were stuffed inside the fenders, Milo looked to make the body match the slick suspension.
Delivering the Ford to Roel Ruiz, also located in Georgetown, Milo entrusted him to make the F-350 a real head turner. Roel bolted on a full '07 Ford Super Duty front clip, including hood, grille, headlights, bumper, and fenders. To help all four rear wheels tuck easily, Street Scene Big Boy fenders were bolted on. Other mods include welding in a roll pan, shaving the Ford taillights and frenching in a set of Cadillac Deville lights, and shaving the tailgate handle. Roel then applied the Spies Hecker amber over black paint with a simple two-tone pinstripe and graphics on the front doors. A SnugTop tonneau caps off the lined bed and all that was left for Milo to customize was the interior.
Inside the Crew Cab doors, the Reyna Bros covered the seats in black leather with orange stitching, smoothed and painted the door panels, dyed the dash black and painted several dash pieces to match the exterior. Looking down on the black leather seats is a suede-covered headliner with 3-D flames. The steering is solid billet and matches the Dima wheels. A Kenwood KVT-614 head unit plays tunes through Kenwood speakers and DVDs on the 7-inch screen.
No tow rig would be complete without some extra ponies to help pull and the Ford's 7.3L turbo diesel benefits from a cold air intake, five-position custom chip, Dominator Diesel 4-inch exhaust, and a beefed-up transmission with billet shafts. The Dana 60 rearend features 31/2-inch shorter axles to help tuck the dualie wheels and the A/C was fabricated to make room for the front wheeltubs. Now Milo can connect the gooseneck trailer, load up the Ford with his brothers, and cruise in comfort while just a few inches off the ground.
Telling us to "Get ready for the show truck," we can't imagine how nice his C10 is going to be with a hauler of this magnitude. Understanding what it takes to get to this point, Milo was quick to thank his family, Mind to Metal, and Sara for her support.