2001 Ford F-150 - Insatiable - Busted Knuckles

Brian Fields Couldn’t Resist Turning His Daily Into a Project

Patrick McCarthy
Mar 16, 2014
Photographers: Grant Cox
As custom truck guys, we all know the feeling of being unable to leave well enough alone. Sure, your daily driven truck is probably perfectly fine and gets you from point A to B… but it could be better. So, rather than being satisfied, we break what’s not broken in the pursuit of greatness. This mentality is what led KEG Media graphic designer Brian Fields to transform his ordinary ’01 F-150 into what you see here.
Brian tells us, “I originally built the truck to have a clean ’bagged daily driver, and I did that for a number of years. Then I decided to tear it all down and go all-out.” The rebuild began at Self Built Fab & Chassis, in Gurdon, Arkansas, where the truck’s frame was lopped off at the firewall. A new frame was fabricated out of steel tubing, including a large bridge notch in the rear for axle clearance. Up front, gray powdercoated Michigan Metal Works upper and lower control arms support Slam Specialties RE-7 ’bags. More SS ’bags were fit to the rear, and a wishbone three-link keeps the narrowed axle situated. A stock-floor body drop was the final step to lay rocker on pavement, and the stance was topped off with 24x9 and 24x12 Raceline wheels.
Photo 2/5   |   1403 2001 Ford F150 Three Quarters Front Back View
Beyond its killer stance, Brian’s F-150 is still very much a work in progress. A few billet bars fill the gaping hole where its grille shell and headlights once sat, and the interior is completely gutted. Even its 4.2L V-6 is not long for this world, as Brian plans to swap in a V-8 in the future. Super Duty taillights, a shaved tailgate, and some black pinstriping on the hood are the only cosmetic mods the truck has received to date. However, we can see plenty of potential as a super-clean laid-out show truck in this Ford’s future.
It’s safe to say Brian’s once bland F-150 has transcended daily driver status, and is well on its way to becoming a clean custom. We can’t wait to see how this never-ending project progresses. Brian would like to thank Slam Specialties, Self Built Fab & Chassis, and his wife Jessica for their help with the project.
A narrowed axle sits underneath the truck’s custom-fabricated back half, and provides plenty of room for the 12-inch-wide rear wheels.
Just The Facts
Year Make Model: 2001 Ford F-150
Owner and City/State: Brian Fields • Fort Smith, Arkansas
Type: 4.2L V-6
Induction: K&N intake, throttle-body spacer
Exhaust: Flowmaster
Transmission: 4R70W four-speed automatic
Rearend: Narrowed with 3.55:1 gears
Front suspension: Custom-fabricated frame from firewall back, Michigan Metal Works upper and lower control arms, Slam Specialties RE-7 ’bags, GC 450 valves
Rear suspension: Custom back-half, wishbone three-link, Slam Specialties RE-7 ’bags, GC 450 valves
Brakes: Stock
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Raceline AL-5, 24x9 front and 24x12 rear
Tires: Lexani LX-Nine, 255/30R24 front and 305/35R24 rear



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