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2008 Ford F-250 - Acro Tow Pig

Haulin’ in style

Phil Gordon
Mar 2, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
A dependable, reliable, and much larger truck purchased for the intent of trailering vehicles is affectionately referred to as a tow pig. It’s one of those phrases that comes with respect, because in order to have a tow pig, you must have something worth being towed. Twenty-seven-year-old Acrophobia member Eli Barnes of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, was on the prowl for a perfect tow pig. He arrived at a dealership in Tennessee and in minutes decided on an ’08 Ford F-250 Power Stroke diesel truck.
In order to add the unique flair customary to his other truck builds, Eli immediately wanted to give the Ford a little more giddyup. A True Flow XDI air intake was installed as well as an MBRP 5-inch straight turbo-back exhaust. Eli then mounted an SCT SF3 Power Flash race programmer for increased horsepower. The next step was upgrading the lighting system. Eli added Recons front and back, and HID lights were installed in the headlamps and foglights.
Photo 2/9   |   Acrophobia is an extreme, abnormal, or irrational fear of heights. It is also the name of the reputable truck club to which Eli belongs.
Eli brought the Ford to Brian’s Motorsports in Hendersonville, Tennessee, to be lifted. A Rough Country 8-inch lift was added to the F-250 with Rough Country 2-inch spacers, which bring the front end to a 10-inch lift. Skyjacker Hydro 7000 steering stabilizers damp ride harshness and help keep the massive Blue Oval under control. A set of 20x14 Fuel Hostage wheels wrapped with 40-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts round out the exterior.
Every tow pig has to be outfitted with the proper tunes, so Eli installed a Clarion V901 in-dash flip-out head unit with a Kicker Kx250/4 amplifier for the Kicker midranges and highs. A Kicker Kx600/1 amplifier pushes the two Kicker 10-inch subwoofers, which are housed in a custom box built by Pretty Ricky at 1 Plum Fab.
Photo 3/9   |   2008 Ford F 250 Engine View
Eli wishes to thank his parents for their support toward his creative abilities—particularly his father, who taught him at the age of 12 how to weld. He also wishes to thank his son Kolby for giving him the motivation to lead by example and always have a positive outlook, and his girlfriend for accepting that a truck builder may spend countless hours in the garage building some of the best trucks on the street. Their help and continued guidance has helped make this Acro Tow Pig as popular as the trucks it hauls.

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