2000 Ford F-350 Dually - Just A Simple, Everyday Driver
At Least, That Was The Initial Plan . . .
Like fine wine, good trucks get better with age. The combination of time, money, and imagination is all you need to transform a boring stocker into a head-swiveling original that will quickly fill up your trophy case. That's how it began for 24-year-old Chase Webb of Shelby, North Carolina. Chase works in the family barbecue business and has been active with custom trucks since age 16. Back in 2003, he saw this '00 Ford F-350 on the dealer's lot, and it was love at first sight. Initially, the customizing process was very conservative, with orange paint, ghost flames, and 19.5-inch wheels. It didn't take long, however, before major mods began occurring. The windows were tinted and video monitors found their way inside. The next step was airbags, and from there-as you can see-the customization process got wonderfully out of hand.
One of the more dramatic changes was the truck's lowered altitude, thanks to the airbag suspension that uses Air Ride Technologies' CoolRide setup, which is a well-engineered bolt-on for the Ford's I-beam front suspension. The Air Bar four-link in the rear ties both bags together to ensure stability and maintain the towing capacity of the truck. The heavy-duty package incorporates 3,500-pound bags on all four corners, big lines for quick response, and a pair of Viair 480 compressors that feed a 5-gallon reserve tank. Everything is compactly mounted where the spare tire used to be. Not only does the system put altitude adjustment at the driver's fingertips, but it is also strong enough that Chase can still tow the large, 8,000-pound family camping trailer. Adding elegance to the wheelwells (and maybe just a touch of danger!) are the six custom, precision-cut, 24.5-inch Alcoa rims-trimmed down to 24 inches and wrapped in 35-series Lexani rubber.
Body modifications were next, with a shaved tailgate and door handles, molded-in rear roll pan, and an image-changing '07 front end. The Street Scene front bumper, taillights, and clear marker lights on the roof make a subtle difference. Since this truck still works for a living, the Rhino Linings bed is equipped with a fifth-wheel ball for towing the family camper, and there is a second, hidden hitch behind the license plate. Richie's Body Shop in Shelby, North Carolina, did the bodywork and paint, spraying Autumn Orange on the bottom, Sandstone Pearl on top, and the flame graphics separating the two. The windshield cowl and mirrors were also painted to match.
Lots of changes occurred inside, beginning with front and back seats, which are custom-upholstered with a combination of bone-colored leather and orange fabric. Mauney Auto Trim in Shelby did the stitchwork. The new center console separates the bucket seats and holds the switches for the air-ride suspension. The console is also an intrinsic part of the stereo that begins with the Panasonic 9300 head unit in the dash. The head unit controls the Soundstream 12-inch sub and the Memphis 1000D amp, both mounted in the console. The six mids and highs are all Kickers, mounted in the factory door locations and behind the rear seats, with separate housings for the tweeters. A pair of Soundstream sunvisor monitors up front and the third 7-inch monitor in the rear of the console keep the passengers entertained while the Black Widow security system protects the truck and its contents. Audio Illusions in Hickory, North Carolina, handled the electronics. As a finishing touch, the console was painted in the same shades as the exterior, and the graphics flow through the doorjambs.
Under the hood, the Turbo V-8 motor was already strong, so the only changes were an AFE Magnum Force cold-air intake and a Superchips programmer for an extra boost of power. Although Chase is very happy with the way the truck turned out, there are already future plans for additional lowering techniques, and he jokes: "It may never be complete!" The biggest enjoyment his truck brings is allowing him to go to custom truck shows, but then again, feature articles in his favorite magazine can absolutely make his day. Special thanks to Cool Sports (bagging the truck) and David's Impalas (additional paintwork) for their help in creating Chase's dream truck.