2006 Ford F-250 King Ranch - House Full Of Gearheads
Todd Gobert knew from an early age he’d own a lifted pickup
“Since I was a kid,” Todd Gobert says, “I’ve always been surrounded by 4x4s and lifted trucks.” Todd’s dad owned a few lifted trucks, a ’70s Ford Bronco on 38-inch Gumbo Mudders, a Jeep CJ7 (Renegade) that was lifted on 35s, and an ’85 Bronco that sat on 35s. “I knew from the moment I was young that when it came time for me to get a vehicle, it would be a lifted truck,” Todd says.
“I lived in a house full of gearheads, so I grew up learning a lot of stuff,” he explains. “My brother Eric is a farmer, and he’s been into it since he was a kid, so I got to spend a lot of time on the farm with him and mud ride a lot. My brother Neal has extensive knowledge in the automotive field and has built some really nice cars. He’s taught me a lot of what I know. My dad eventually built a nice sized shop in our yard, so after that it was ON!
“Before I owned my ’06 Super Duty, I had a ’97 Chevy Z71 extended cab,” Todd continues. “It was lifted 12 inches and sat on 40s wrapped around 20s. It was a very clean truck, but I kept it simple. A few things were color matched, it was all debadged, and it had a roll pan and a cowl hood. It was one of the first trucks in my area that had 20s and mud tires, so it was an eye-catcher. I like to go beyond what a ‘normal’ lifted truck should be like, but I also like to keep things smooth and clean looking.”
The ’06 King Ranch Todd now owns took a lot of work to finish, and he had a lot of help. “One day, I was on the side of the road helping an old man whose truck had broken down and two guys took notice and stopped to help also,” Todd recalls. “One of those guys was Jude Barras. We met that day and have been best friends ever since. He is really into the car/truck scene and has owned some very nice vehicles. He’s helped me so much in the way this truck was built. We sit there and brainstorm every time we meet about what to do next. He’s also the president of the club I’m in, Diverse Customs. All the guys in Diverse Customs help each other out. My dad, of course, helped a lot, too. I also have to give thanks to Gary Dopson, who owns a shop called KD Kustoms in Bunkie, Louisiana. I’ve never met a harder working, more dedicated shop owner than Gary. He did the bulk of the work that makes this Super Duty look great. He came up with a great paint scheme that flows through the entire truck by tying it into the fender flares and bumpers.”
The truck was lifted multiple times: first an 8-inch kit was installed, then an 11.5-inch kit, then back down to 10.5, then up to 14 inches (where it sits now). “I’m really indecisive with the lifts I put on my truck,” Todd laughs.
The 6.0L engine has seen plenty of work, too, most of it done by Power Stroke Magic in Houston, Texas. The engine has ARP head studs, Elite Diesel heads, and the air intake is from S&B while the exhaust is all MBRP. The turbo is a Garrett Powermax and the intercooler is from Mishimoto. A Snow Performance Stage III water-methanol kit keeps the engine safe.
Todd’s story is much like that of many of 8-Lug’s readers. It takes a lot of effort to build a really nice truck, and it makes sense to make it a community event. Todd is lucky to have grown up in a household of gearheads.
- Custom tuning by Matt Robinson at Gearhead Automotive Performance
- Snow Performance Stage III water-methanol kit
- Goodyear G275 tires
- Moto Metal 962 20x12 wheels
- Fox 2.0 remote reservoir shocks
- Top Gun Customz four-link arms
- Deaver rear springs with Top Gun Customz rear blocks
- PMF drag link and sway bar endlinks
- Rize Industries rear traction bars
- Harley-Davidson edition headlights with 55K HIDs
- Recon smoked LED lenses
- ’12 Super Duty mirrors with Recon lenses
- ’12 Super Duty tailgate
- Two Comp CVX10 10-inch speakers in a custom-made fiberglass center console box
- JL Audio amp
- JL Audio component speakers in the doors
- Pioneer Premier deck