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2007 Ford F-350 Harley Davidson Edition - Total Commitment

Steve Lasky Never Gave Up on this Once-Wrecked ’07 F-350

Mike Galimi
Jan 5, 2015
Photographers: Mike Galimi
It’s crazy how a truck’s world can literally change in an instant. One minute, a rig can be clipping along with the speedometer reading 70 mph, and then, in an instant, traffic is stopped dead—and there’s nowhere to go. Steve Lasky experienced this firsthand, when he crested a blind hill one day in his ’07 Harley-Davidson–edition Ford F-350.
"The figurative uphill road to reincarnation was steep and, as a Ford master technician with all sorts of certifications, it was a road Steve could easily travel."
The F-350’s big grille smashed directly into a tiny Honda Civic that was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and Newton’s first law of motion—an object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless an external force acts upon it—rang true at the moment of impact. The result was as devastating as one could expect when the object in motion is 7,700 pounds and the stopped vehicle doesn’t even weigh 3,000 pounds.
An assessment of damage to the truck revealed a cracked frame on the passenger side and a twisted cab, along with other parts that were bent, broken, and tweaked. “I thought for sure the insurance company was going to total it out,” Steve says, recounting that day. Surprisingly, the insurance agent decided against a total write-off and chose to cut him a check to repair the Harley-Davidson edition.
Photo 2/14   |   The stance is courtesy of a Skyjacker suspension upgrade, including the 2.5-inch front leveling coils and shocks, a dual-steering stabilizer, and 1.5-inch lift in the back.
Of course, some folks would take the money and run. However, Steve definitely isn’t “some folks.” Instead of simply cashing in on the loss, Steve wanted to rebuild his truck, because of its sentimental value; it was his first major purchase as an adult. “I liked the truck from the moment I saw it,” Steve recalls, and that love at first sight prevented him from giving up on the wrecked Super Duty.
After the Crash
The figurative uphill road to reincarnation was steep and, as a Ford master technician with all sorts of certifications, it was a road Steve could easily travel. Steve is not one to sit idle, and he showed up at the body shop ready to work. First, the truck’s mangled cab was removed from the chassis and placed on one side of the shop where the team from Woodcock Auto Body worked its magic. However, as the truck body was being revived (factory color, complete with the factory ghost flames), the same couldn’t be said for the frame.
Steve decided it was better to do a frame swap because the framerail was broken. He picked up another F-350 frame and began swapping the suspension components. However, not all the parts and pieces from the factory would make their way onto the new/used frame. A set of 2.5-inch Skyjacker leveling coils and a dual steering stabilizer were bolted to the solid-axle front suspension, and the backside was lifted up 1.5 inches to help keep the truck looking mean. Rolling stock consists of a set of 35-inch Toyo Open Country M/T meats to give the truck function to go along with its menacing off-road look.
What good is a 6.0L Power Stroke engine without some upgrades? Steve added new head gaskets and an ARP stud kit the first week he owned the truck, so the foundation was ready for more. A Garrett PowerMax 63.5mm turbocharger was also added, as well as a Banks Power Techni-Cooler intercooler. Feeding the diesel fuel is the job of Industrial Injection 190cc fuel injectors and an AirDog fuel system.
Photo 6/14   |   The 6.0L Power Stroke engine has been enhanced with several components, including an upgraded turbocharger, the popular ARP head studs upgrade, and other odds and ends. It all adds up to a tire-annihilating 510 hp and 920 lb-ft of torque.
As if that wasn’t enough, Steve installed AEM’s water-methanol injection system, complete with a huge cell in the toolbox. “You’d be surprised how quickly this truck can drain the water-meth cell,” Steve says. Ventilating spent exhaust gases is the job of a Banks Power dual Monster 4-inch exhaust system, to which Steve added 6-inch MBRP exhaust tips.
Containing the 6.0L’s torque is the job of a 5R100W automatic transmission, which has gone through a few different phases. Given his skills as a master tech, Steve handled each of the truck’s four transmission rebuilds himself. The final, fully built version includes SunCoast Diesel Transmission’s internals and a torque converter upgrade. He also had the wisdom to modify the rear end; an AFE differential cover contains a stock differential that has received shimmed clutches for extra strength.
So what’s it all worth? On the chassis dyno, Steve’s F-350 pushed the rollers to a stout 510 hp and 920 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Not too shabby for a homebuilt truck and a guy who is just in his mid-20s. But the dyno is only one side of the story. Given there are several dragstrips within hours of Steve’s Upstate New York home, and despite the big tires and jacked-up stance, the Harley- Davidson truck would surprise many an unsuspecting sports car.
Photo 7/14   |   Dick Cepek DC2 wheels sit at all four corners and are wrapped in Toyo Open Country M/T rubber.
It has run 13.40s at 99 mph during the diesel drags at some of the quarter-mile facilities in the New Jersey area. The truck also came in Fifth out of 56 other rigs during a pulling event at the Ulster County (New York) Fair. Steve built and paid for it all himself—from twisted carnage to a performance big rig—with support (but no sponsorship) from his mom and dad.
Fast Facts:
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Ford F-350 Harley-Davidson Super Duty
Owner: Steve Lasky ■ Hometown: Pine Bush, New York
Odometer: 111,341 miles
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Fuel: AirDog 225-gph lift pump and Industrial Injection 190cc injectors
Air: Garrett PowerMax 63.5mm turbocharger, Banks Ram-Air intake, Banks Techni-Cooler intercooler
Transmission: Homebuilt with SunCoast internals and torque converter, Mag-Hytec transmission pan
Horsepower: 510 hp ■ Torque: 920 lb-ft
Tires: 35x12.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T
Wheels: 20x12 Dick Cepek DC2
Suspension: Skyjacker 2.5-inch front/1.5-inch rear
Axles: Stock
Body: Stock with cowl induction hood
Interior: Stock
Photo 8/14   |   2007 Ford F 350

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