2003 Ford F-150 - Busted Knuckles

The Keys To A Prospect's Future

Maxwell Matthewson
Dec 27, 2010
Photographers: Dustin Maltsberger
Dustin Maltsberger, or Whataberger, as his friends know him, has been planning his '03 F-150 for a while. And we have to say it is coming along very nicely. Being able to paint, fabricate, and weld is a huge advantage when building a custom truck. Luckily, Dustin knows how to do all three and has proved it with this truck build.
Photo 2/6   |   2003 Ford F150 front Rear Angles
A mandrel-bent frame with a triangulated four-link in the rear and a Z'd front will get this Blue Oval's body within an inch of the ground. Slam Specialties' RE 8 'bags get it up when it is time to go, while a set of custom Bio Kustoms spindles and 24-inch wheels help it roll over the Texas turf.
Photo 3/6   |   2003 Ford F150 frame Modifications
For more room front and rear, Justin made a custom steel bumper up front and sucked up the roll pan 11/2 inches in the rear. The front and rear license plates are frenched as well as the diamond taillights that replace the shaved factory taillights. The fuel door, antenna, tailgate handle, and emblems have also been shaved for a super-clean look.
Currently under the hood, is a worn-out factory V-6. But soon, there will be a 5.4L modular motor with racing cams, headers, Ford Racing exhaust, intake and a programmer, so this truck will definitely be quick on its toes. To complete the exterior, Dustin is adding a billet grille and Street Scene mirrors. The interior is going to be fully painted with some billet accents, which will be the finishing touch to what is sure to be a truck Dustin will be proud of.

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