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2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty - Like Father, Like Son

An Unlikely Bond Crowned by a Line-X’d Super Duty

Phil Gordon
Mar 30, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Line-X is a company started 21 years ago as a bedliner corporation that eventually evolved into a protective coating company. Its products can be seen all over the world, from your everyday trucks to the Pentagon. Line-X has branched out with a line of accessories called Truck Gear, which is backed by a lifetime warranty. For 28-year-old Sam Hausauer, the owner of a Naples, Florida, franchise of Line-X, it wasn't a simple path to the top. Adopted as a child, Sam didn't have a troubled life but always yearned for the knowledge of who his parents were. He often wondered if he carried the same passions and talents as his father. At 21, Sam decided to pursue locating his birth parents. His path led to Washington State, where the joyous and emotional first meeting took place.
Photo 2/10   |   It’s all about spreading the word. New company owners know good marketing and effective advertising can be aided by a literal “rolling billboard” that displays pertinent company information. For new Line-X franchise owner Sam Hausauer, the vehicle of choice was a beat-up ’02 Ford F-250, which he upgraded with ’06 fenders, hood, doors, bed, front clip, and headlamps.
Sam's father had owned and started the Northwest region of Line-X in the '90s. Up until that point, Sam had no real direction and was working as a security guard for a department store. Like a sponge, he took to his father and began learning the workings of the business owner. He learned about products and how the company had grown to what it is now. Sam started working for Line-X and began learning every position and every part of the company. Sam's adopted parents were fully supportive of each step he took. Once Sam came back home to Estero, Florida, he purchased a new shop in the nearby city of Naples and utilized his full knowledge of the Line-X corporation. As a gift, his father paid the initial franchise fee to help Sam get started.
Photo 3/10   |   2002 Ford F250 Super Duty Custom Line X Badge
As we all know, marketing and advertisement is important to any business success. Sam needed a rolling billboard to advertise for his new company. He found exactly what he was looking for when he located a beat-up and partially crushed '02 Ford F-250 Super Duty diesel truck. He brought the badly abused body to his house and began creating a full truck, piece by piece. Most of the parts he was able to find belonged to an '06 model, so the conversion started. The fenders, hood, doors, and bed were all pulled from different '06 Ford trucks. An '06 front clip was added to the Ford along with the '06 headlamps.
For the exterior, Sam needed something to make the Ford stand out and bring people into his shop. He decided to coat the entire truck in his product. Sam used XS-350 with a premium topcoat at 2 gallons per minute at 160 degrees and cured in 15 seconds with a mild texture. All the stock Ford badges were removed and replaced with custom-made Line-X badges. HID lights were installed for added night vision. LX yellow was sprayed throughout the bedliner.
Photo 7/10   |   2002 Ford F250 Super Duty Passenger Side Rear Quarter View
Sam and a few of his friends got their hands dirty by bringing the Ford F-250 8 inches higher via a BDS lift kit utilizing Fox 2.0 shocks. Wicked Kustoms supplied the 2-inch shackles and the rear airbag setup that adjusts with the switches on the dashboard. A dual steering stabilizer by Fox was installed for better handling of the lifted F-250. Once the Ford was ready, Sam added 20-inch Fuel Throttle wheels wrapped in 37x13.50R20 Toyo Open Country M/T rubber. To give the Ford a bit more giddyap, an Edge programmer and a K&N cold-air intake were added. A 4-inch straight pipe was mounted along with an 8-inch tip routed through the back.
For sound, Short Scotty from Pure Audio in Naples, Florida, added a 7-inch Pioneer touch-screen along with Memphis Audio components throughout the entire cabin. A 13-inch monitor was added to the ceiling and a backup camera was mounted to the rear.
Sam wishes to thank his father, Spike Magnuson, for all the help and his adoptive family, Joe and Liz, for teaching him how to successfully make something out of himself. Special thanks goes to his business partner Harrison Hubschmann, Jordan at Wicked Kustoms, Scotty at Pure Audio, and most of all to his hardworking staff that makes sure his Line-X business continues to grow stronger every year.

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