1999 Ford F250 Super Duty - On The Gas!
Yes, This Gas-Powered V-10 Ford Is Pretty Radical
Tim Croney from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is a school custodian and an active automotive enthusiast since about the time he was old enough for a driver's license, which now adds up to more than half his life. Although he's owned a succession of unique vehicles in the past, he always dreamed of a lifted F-250 Super Duty.
With a distinct body style, the Super Duty is slightly larger than the regular F-250, with angular styling, a high hood line, and the bold grille giving it a look all its own. Tim loved the extended cab (SuperCab in Ford parlance) body style and the full-width Styleside bed. Luckily, he found the perfect truck, a '99 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 with single rear wheels, already partially customized by a friend who lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tim bought the truck and has been steadily improving it over the last five years.
Since a towering profile was always part of the plan, a carefully selected list of aftermarket parts allowed the Ford to operate in rarefied air. The truck gets its 12 inches of lift from a complete Fabtech system. Each of the front wheels uses a pair of Fabtech remote reservoir shocks with single versions on the rear wheels. Check out the unique location of the rear shock reservoirs, mounted on either side of the differential. Front and rear Atlas springs replaced the originals, and the Fabtech steering stabilizers and pitman arm ensure solid handling. For a special touch, a set of Fabtech airbags was installed, giving Tim a little extra altitude at the touch of a button. The bags are energized by a Viair 480C compressor and 3/8-inch lines, feeding a 5-gallon reserve tank mounted under the bed. When the sight of a big, lifted truck in your rearview mirror isn't enough to ease you out of the passing lane, the same Viair compressor sends plenty of move-over music to the double set of air horns mounted under the hood. Tim combined style and traction with the showy 22-inch KMC XD Badlands chrome Offroad rims wrapped in 40X15.50-R22 Toyo Open Country M/T rubber. Although the truck spends very little time in the mud, this aggressive combination would be right at home.
Only minor motor work was necessary to boost the fun-to-drive quotient of the big, 6.8L Triton V-10, already pumping out 275 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. Tim added a K&N cold-air kit and upgraded the exhaust with 3-inch exhaust tubing, a pair of Flowmaster mufflers, and 5-inch tips to create an appropriately mellow sound.
Big trucks have a big advantage-especially when you're talking stereo-and Tim is a big fan. His rolling concert hall is loaded with the latest aftermarket components, beginning with a Pioneer AVIC-D1 head unit with its 6.5-inch touch panel that offers a long list of audio options. In addition to the extras you would expect from a top-of-the-line system, like AM/FM radio, CD, MP3, and WMA, the unit also takes the gamble out of road trips, providing both navigation and detailed XM Nav traffic info along the way. Music output begins with each of the front doors, loaded with four 6.5-inch component sets and a pair of 6x9 component sets that deliver glass-shattering mids and highs. Two more 6.5s create the center channel. Ford's fold-down rear seat was the obvious choice for the four booming 12-inch Pioneer Premier subs built into their own enclosure and strong enough to take over your heart rhythms. This power-hungry, 30-speaker package is fed by four Pioneer Premier amps mounted on the front bedwall, pumping out an eargasmic 6,400 watts. Four Intimidator batteries complete the elaborate system, ensuring a constant electrical supply. The record-holding truck is powerful enougcompetition yet sounds amazing at lower volume levels. Special thanks to Chris Skinner from Custom Audio in Madisonville, Kentucky, for engineering the package. Complementing the elaborate stereo is the custom ostrich interior, done in two shades of light and dark tan with a bourbon-colored carpet. Throwback Interiors in Jacksonville, Florida, gets the credit for the innovative stitch work.
The final touch and the single element that catches everyone's eye is the wild paintjob from House of Kolor-called Violet Kandy-sprayed over a silver base. Once again, Chris Skinner gets the credit for his talented paintwork. To say that Tim enjoys his truck would be an understatement. His go-everywhere Ford has already attended more than 60 car shows with no letup in sight! As you might expect, he usually returns with a trophy or two safely secured in the bed.