1999 Ford F350 - Hard Luck Dualie
Built To Tow & Show
Few tow pigs can compare to Wally William's '99 Ford F-350. It's big. It's flamed. It's been 'bagged and bodied on custom-cut 24-inch wheels. And if you don't believe it actually pulls its fair share of trailer queens, think again.
Wally is the body shop manager at The Tin Shop, in Cullman, Alabama, which means he's the hands-on type who can tackle intricate projects from start to finish. His Ford was destined to hit pavement from the get-go, so a full air-ride system was priority numero uno. In order to introduce the front end to the low life, '99 Chevy spindles, arms, and springs were installed as soon as the FoMoCo parts were garbage-canned. Slam Specialties RE6 'bags were utilized up front, and to complement the custom triangulated four-link, heavy-duty Firestone 38D 'bags were incorporated into the system for a no-worries towing experience. After all, this dually pulls either a three-car wedge, two-car bumper pull, or an enclosed single car trailer to each show it attends. The entire air suspension system has been plumbed with 1/2-inch copper hardline, and is fed by two 100-lb. nitrogen bottles-enough to help out a fellow trucker in despair with its external air tool hook up. If you can't tell by now, when Wally digs his nails into a project, he goes all out, which is exactly why he just had to have a set of 24-inch Alcoa rollers. The only problem was that they didn't exist. Being the silver-tongued, sly guy that he is, he was able to coax Tennessee Wheel and Tire into cutting him a set from scratch. Now, how's that for one hell of a start?
Since Wally needed his dually to be able to pull its weight and then some, he souped up the stock 7.3L Powerstroke diesel V-8 with an Edge Performance programmer, a Magnaflow 3 1/2-inch exhaust setup, and a cold air intake that now cranks 420 hp and 614 lb-ft of torque to the ground. Not being one to call it a day after slapping a few bolt-ons together, Wally constructed a molding that wraps from behind the radiator shroud all the way back to the firewall. The stylish metal formation features attractive, bare metal inserts with custom flames from a grinder wheel, and features a center area bearing The Tin Shop's official logo.
A pebble pushing F-350 is sight enough to drive any custom lover into a full-on, foaming-at-the-mouth fit, but this truck's owner still had a few more exterior tweaks in mind to push his build way beyond all limitations. Wally yearned for his truck to demand attention from every set of eyes within range, so he opted to suicide the rear doors, shave every handle, and build a one-off rollpan. The rear fender flares were then raised, an '06 Harley Davidson F-250 grille shell, front bumper, and a 2-inch cowl hood were brought in to add a dash of style to the already street-savvy hauler. To really ignite the appearance of his newly styled ride, Wally sprayed a PPG black base coat and finished it off with long, lean traditional licks with blue pinstriping. Everything was handled in-house at The Tin Shop, which not only gave Wally full creative control, but allowed him to showcase the quality work his shop is capable of executing.
Not only does The Tin Shop have their hands dipped into the fields of paint and fabrication, they also wired the pounding sound system as well. A Pioneer head unit has taken center stage in the web of Pioneer subwoofers in a Virtual Logic box, separates in the doors, and hidden amps. The entire dash was pulled free, and a custom fiberglass center console was built, but to get both to look their very best, they were sanded as smooth as glass and painted, before billet accent pieces were peppered throughout. Wally wanted his interior to be as attractive as possible, so he scouted the local talent pool, and selected Mike Lippincott, aka "Jersey", to cut and wrap the stock front bench seat with black and red vinyl. Mike didn't stop there, however, as he upholstered custom door panels to match, and even went as far as incorporating '57 Chevy armrests into the mix for nostalgic flavor.
2009 was a big year for Wally and his dynamic dualie, as they hit the road and travelled all over from Scrapin' The Coast, the RA All-Star Event, Blooddrag Kentucky, and World of Wheels, where it claimed first place honors in its class. This year has also been a whirlwind for them thus far into the show season, but the truck was built to beat on during these hot summer months. While you're cruising the highways of America, check every lane and try to spot a cleaner tow hog as this one. We can pretty much guarantee that this dualie's contenders will be few and far between.