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2008 Ford F-450 - Jubal’s Way

Looking good, riding high, and working hard in big sky country

Brian Hollingsworth
Feb 16, 2015
Photographers: Brian Hollingsworth
When Jubal (he requested that his last name not be published) moved to northwest Montana in 2001, his plan was to start a business near the 126,000-acre Flathead Lake. “The lake was the real reason I came up here,” Jubal admits. “I’m definitely more of a boat guy than anything else.”
He opened Glacier Off-Road Auto and Marine Service just north of the lake in Kalispell, Montana, to specialize in high-end boat maintenance and transport. When he needed to order another vehicle in 2007 to support his growing transport business, Jubal says, “I looked at several trucks, but I was immediately sold on the turning radius of the new Ford Super Duty. I couldn’t believe how small the radius was. That’s a huge help when maneuvering the bigger boats.” He placed an order for an ’08 6.4L F-450 King Ranch Edition.
Photo 2/21   |   The only change to the Ford 6.4L engine under the hood is the addition of K&N’s FIPK2 air-filtration system, which increases the amount of cool air that enters the turbocharger.
Glacier Off-Road is a Kelderman Air Ride dealer, so the truck went straight from the dealership to the shop where the crew installed a complete Kelderman air suspension conversion. “The variable 6- to 8-inch lift system really is a bolt-on assembly,” Jubal says. “We wanted the truck to stand out, but the air ride has really made getting hooked up to trailers that much easier. There’s no messing with the trailer jack. Just back up, lower it down, and hook it up.” There is also a rear backup camera mounted right above the hitch to make it even easier.
The truck rolls on 37x13.50R22 Interco SS-M16s wrapped around six American Force wheels. Along with the Kelderman air ride, there are eight Bilstein 5165 remote reservoir shocks and a pair of Bilstein adjustable steering stabilizers. Up front, a Road Armor bumper holds a Warn 16.5ti electric winch.
Photo 3/21   |   For nighttime work, the F-450’s Road Armor bumper is outfitted with three 8-inch Vision X HID lamps…
For times when a job calls for working after dark, Jubal added four small PIAA 510 lamps inside the bumper, along with three 8-inch Vision X HID lamps. The back of the F-450 sports another Road Armor bumper and another Warn winch, this one a 9,000-pound-capacity unit that’s hidden behind the rear license plate to assist occasionally with boat loading. Old-school metal flake flames are airbrushed onto the white paint.
Photo 4/21   |   2008 Ford F 450 Back Seat
Under the hood is the stock 6.4L Power Stroke engine with a K&N FIPK2 (fuel injection performance kit) air cleaner, an MBRP 4-inch turbo-back dual exhaust, and just a little PCM tweak from an H&S Mini Maxx tuner. “This truck is really meant to be more of a worker, so it has to stay reliable enough for me to be able to just jump in and drive to Chicago or wherever for a customer,” Jubal says.
Photo 5/21   |   Knowing he would spend a lot of time behind the wheel, Jubal ordered his F-450 with every available option and added a Wilson cell phone booster and integrated Cobra CB radio.
To make any journey even nicer, inside the cabin are a few small yet effective embellishments, like chrome door levers and billet door-lock pulls, as well as special-ordered rear bucket seats. A Wilson cell phone booster was also installed to help Jubal stay in touch with civilization while driving through some of the long stretches between cell towers. And, just in case, there is also an integrated Cobra CB radio.
The bed is all business, with only a heavy coat of Rhino Linings spray-on bedliner and a Snap-on toolbox filled with whatever is necessary to keep a trailer going down the road. Six years and a little more than 50,000 miles in, Jubal says, “I couldn’t be happier; I don’t think I’d change anything.”
Photo 6/21   |   This is the handheld AccuAir controller for the F-450’s Kelderman air suspension. Jubal uses the device to electronically select one of three ride heights (from 6 to 8 inches of lift), or to raise or lower the truck for quick hook-ups to almost any trailer.
Fast Facts:
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Ford F-450 King Ranch edition
Owner: Jubal
Hometown: Kalispell, Montana
Odometer: 50,762 miles
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Fuel: Stock
Air: K&N FIPK2
Exhaust: MBRP 4-inch turbo-back duals
Transmission: Stock 5R110 five-speed automatic
Tires: 37x13.50R22 Interco SS-M16
Wheels: 22-inch American Force
Suspension: Kelderman Air Suspension with 6 to 8 inches of lift, eight Bilstein 5165 remote reservoir shocks
Axles: Stock
Body: Custom old-school airbrushed flames
Interior: Stock
Fun Fact: Jubal did his first suspension lift (on a ’70s-era Ford) in his grandmother’s driveway when he was only 14 years old!

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