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2003 Ford F-350 - Pilot Truck

Oversized Loads Are Not A Problem

Steve Warner
Sep 18, 2013
Photographers: Steve Warner
Bennett Goldberg is the kind of guy who is always working. There’s a hustle in his movements that indicates he’s not going to just sit around and wait for things to come to him—he’s the type who goes out and makes things happen. But he does it with a level of respect and professionalism that also gets your attention. He’s on time, he’s ready to go, and he doesn’t mess around.
Good thing, too, as most of the time he’s charged with keeping the public safe as oversized, overweight, and over-length cargo gets trucked across our nation’s highways. As a driver of a pilot truck, Bennett likes being in a vehicle that projects a bold, professional appearance with maximum visibility.
And we like what we see. First off, Bennett put an ’07 bumper, grille, and headlights on the ’03 Ford F-350 to update it a bit, and that definitely made a difference. Then he lifted the truck 6 inches with a Fabtech kit and put Fox 2.0 shocks on it. Eagle wheels (17-inch) run 37-inch BFGoodrich MT/KM2 tires.
Photo 2/13   |   Eagle Wheel
Bennett personally designed the light rack, placement of the LED lighting, signage, location of switches, Jotto desk, CB radio, and more. The truck is functional, and Bennett says he wouldn’t change a thing.
Photo 3/13   |   Bennett personally planned the light placement for his Ford.
Bennett uses the truck for pulling his tractors and work equipment and, when he’s not working, tows his 30-foot Weekend Warrior toy hauler to the desert. The Ford also tows his boat to the river, and it’s even been through Death Valley. The truck has Firestone airbags to accommodate the varying load levels.
For more power, Bennett installed a Bully Dog tuner with five settings and a custom gauge pod to monitor turbo boost pressure, transmission temperature, and exhaust gas temperature. An AFE air filter combines with a custom 5-inch exhaust and 6-inch tip built by Action Turbo in Santee, California. The turbo and wastegate were upgraded by Action Turbo, too. To harness all the extra horsepower, Bennett added an upgraded torque converter and waffle-style clutches.
Photo 4/13   |   Tube Side Steps
We mentioned that Bennett is always working, and here’s an example. He was a volunteer firefighter/EMT from 2006 to 2010 and served at station 89 in San Diego County near the off-road park in Ocotillo Wells. While camping with friends and family, he would carry a station radio, a backboard, and his medical and firefighting gear in the truck. Bennett many times responded to 911 calls from his campsite. Sometimes he arrived on the scene before the ambulance and was able to stabilize a victim’s injuries.
Bennett loves his truck just the way it is. In fact, he’s thinking about expanding the business and building a nearly identical pickup.

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