Allergic To Being Broke: 2001 Ford F350

What Economic Downturn?

Dan Ward
Sep 1, 2011
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Jesse Perez, of Kissimmee, Florida, was enjoying the custom car culture of the lowrider world, when one day, the urge to do something struck him in a big way. As a mechanic, Jesse is no stranger to turning wrenches and this F-350 went from bone-stock to as-seen-here in just two short months. How did he do it? By sheer determination and working hard.
Photo 2/6   |   2001 Ford F350 Allergic To Being Broke side Angle View
Starting with the body, Jesse removed the 2001 front end parts and replaced the lights, grille shell, and front bumper with pieces from an ’07 F-350. The fresh face was the perfect starting point for Sik Whips Motorsports, in Orlando, who quickly started applying the House of Kolor White, White Pearl, Black Diamond, and Orion Silver graphics. The team at Sik Whips then busted out the airbrush gun and stencils and went crazy with skulls inside the Orion Silver graphics. The end look is a mixture of custom and craziness.
With the dualie back in Jesse’s possession, he bolted on a DJM 3/5 lowering kit consisting of Dream Beams up front and drop shackles and hangers out back. The new suspension brought the fenders down to the perfect height for 24-inch Alcoa semi wheels wrapped in 305/35R24 Falken tires. Eight-to-ten lug adapters make the transition a smooth one. Firestone helper ‘bags ensure Jesse has no problems towing his other toys around. Towing comes naturally for this 7.3L turbodiesel thanks to stacked performance chips, Banks intake, Banks 5-inch exhaust, larger injectors, and an upgraded Garrett turbo tuned to 30 psi. A Makco transmission shift kit keeps shifts crisp, as do Stage 3 clutches, while 3.73 gears light up all four rear tires.
Thanks to his passion for all things cars and trucks, Jesse handled the audio system install himself. The list is long, so we’ll give you the highlights. A Pioneer head unit sends signals to multiple Soundstream amps, which in turn power four 12-inch Pioneer subs behind the rear seats, and 12 total Soundstream 61/2-inch components. Jesse also added three 7-inch monitors, one 19-inch in the passenger-side dash, and a 20-inch flipdown in the leather headliner. As he put it, “The stereo system is my favorite part because I love music, but it’s also the worst mod I’ve done because I have had so many tickets.”
Photo 3/6   |   Featuring black and white leather, along with billet accents and diamond-plate floor mats, the interior is really a mobile sound studio as Jesse says he’s received numerous tickets for having the volume up too high.
Receiving plenty of attention, the interior was handled by Paco’s Upholstery, also in Kissimmee. Paco’s wrapped the dash, seats, pillars, and the headliner in black and white leather for a look that is in-your-face. Billet accents from UPR Products and diamond-plate floor mats add to the bling. It’s great to see someone jump head first into the custom truck scene and have the courage to do most of the work himself. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next Jesse.



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