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1999 Ford F350 - Dual-Purpose Dualie

Tow, Show, And Ready To Go

Dan Ward
May 1, 2010
Contributors: John Mata Jr
Photographers: Dan Ward
When you sign on the dotted line for a one-ton dualie, work-and a great deal of it-is the biggest reason why you write the fat check. You want a capable truck that can handle big jobs, tow huge amounts, and haul whatever needs to be moved from point A to point B. When it came time for Curtis Enoch, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, to get back into the show scene, he didn't take a torch to his own truck that had served him well for years, rather he opted to buy a truck that had served someone else, that way there would be no holding back for fear of pulling out the Sawzall and then getting all sentimental. Once he had the project truck in hand, sparks began to fly and after a few short months, Curtis' '99 F-350 dualie was laying low, but still able to haul cargo like a work truck.
Photo 2/11   |   1999 Ford F350 left Front Angle
After making the journey to Tennessee, to pick up his new truck purchase that was awaiting him at the Lay'd Out At The Park show, he headed straight for Phat Phabrikationz in Oklahoma City, for a few custom suspension modifications. Jake McKiddie, the head Phat Phabrikator himself, had a tough time devising a game plan that would have Curtis' truck laying out as low as possible while still maintaining a full functioning, load-carrying suspension. To do this, a combination of DJM Dream Beams, Slam Specialties RE7 'bags, and Monroe shocks were used, along with a Suicide Doors parallel four-link and Panhard bar to make things happen. The rear end was also narrowed 7 inches, custom wheeltubs were fabricated, and Blumenthal Manufacturing shortened the driveshaft in order for the truck to retain excellent ride quality. Since this big truck needed a set of rollers, its wheels needed to be big as well. Curtis searched high and low for a set that would suit his truck just right, and he knew he found a perfect match when he saw Evil Twin Suspension's 22.5-inch Chaos semi wheels.
Now that the dualie was starting to live up to Curtis' vision, there was no turning back. The truck was sitting at an impressive stance, and the best way to complement it was to improve upon the truck's cosmetic appearance. A few accessories, including a Cervini's Mach 1 hood, and the stock mirrors and door handles were thoroughly prepped before Charles Degand of CD Designs, also in OKC, covered the truck with DuPont Chromabase and Bright Amber Metallic paint. Once the color dried, Philip "PP" Parsons applied airbrushed woodgrain graphics that flow seamlessly into hot-rod-style licks. Curtis didn't miss a step when making sure his truck would be as unforgettable as possible.
Any custom truck enthusiast knows that any self-respecting hauler just isn't complete until its cab has been given a healthy helping of attention as well. For sounds, an Eclipse AVN 50D head unit serves as the center of attention, but the 12-inch Kicker CVR sub connected to the Kicker amp behind the rear seat are definitely close runners-up. Terry Wade undertook the wiring duties while Curtis, along with some help from Brian Stewart, handled the wrapping of his stock seats with Katzkin Tuscany Amaretto leather. For those of you who don't already know, Curtis is an established leather worker, so tackling this portion of the build came all too natural for him.
There you have it, just another out-of-this-world grade custom that serves multiple purposes while out on the road. You'll never catch this truck on a trailer, in fact, it will always be the workhorse that is pulling the trailer, hauling his motorcycle, and looking as classy as any pampered queen who may be hitching a ride.


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