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A Pair of Custom 2013 Ford F-150s With Supercharged 6.2L V8s - Team Strike Force

Fatal Clothing and Gaylord’s Lids’ Showstopping F-150s

May 25, 2015
Photographers: Les Bidrawn
It seems the custom truck–building world has become a little crowded in the past few years. Too often it seems that builds fall into formulaic traps using the same types of parts or the same methods to achieve a similar look. Also, it seems that builders are following currently popular trends, and when they finished just push them out the door. The real skill in crafting a custom truck is to make it stand out from the rest, not just for now but for many years to come.
Hulst Customs seems to be on the pulse of what makes a great-looking truck, and what it takes to create a lasting design. Using a combination of their high-tech kits and a long design pedigree, the team at Hulst has a concentrated focus on building functional and clean trucks. Choosing the ‘13 F-150 as a platform was a fine start as these Fords were far beyond the previous models in both looks and chassis development. Adding their distinctive and functional kits to augment the sheetmetal, Hulst has created a look that will last.
Photo 2/16   |   2013 Ford F 150 Lariat
The first, a black SuperCrew shortbed Platinum, completed for Gaylord’s Lids, started with the stance and suspension being sorted out with the help of DJM 2/4 drop kit. That brought the truck down to the right height. While a lower control arm and coil were installed in the front, the rear received a front leaf hanger and a rear leaf shackle.
The stock 6.2-liter was fit with a Whipple supercharger good for 5.6 psi of boost pumping out 650 hp with 508 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels with a CGS exhaust, making sure all the spent gases exit out as fast as possible.
Photo 3/16   |   Supercharged 6 2l V8
The Hulst team then went to work on the exterior giving it a Striker Trucks ram-air hood kit, below that a custom grille center with mesh was installed, the headlights were custom painted as a Striker front fascia and splitter kit rounded out the leading edge of the truck. A Striker vent kit went into either side, so did a Striker lower side rocker kit. A rear bumper diffuser and a set of Recon taillights were installed in the rear of the truck.
The overall color scheme was kept simple, functional, and timeless by going with Planet Color Ace of Spades Black that was polished out to a showroom finish, as a set of satin red vinyl stripes bisect the hood like a ’65 Mustang and follow the length of the truck back to the rear bumper. The bed was lined with a carpet kit that wrapped a set of full-length storage boxes, keeping the working truck theme but sticking to the Striker credo of function and form fitting together with a Gaylord’s lid to keep it all out of the elements.
Photo 4/16   |   2013 Ford F 150 Lariat Rear Three Quarter
The cab was done up with a Katzkin Barracuda leather seat replacement kit with perforated inserts, and red contrasting stitching, custom embroidered seat backs bearing the Striker name with a matching leather headliner. The door panels were custom painted to match up with the custom dash plastics that got sprayed as well.
Rounding out this stylish workhorse is a custom set of three-piece DUB-designed 22x9 wheels with chrome hoops and black center spokes all wrapped in 305/40R22 Falken rubber.
Photo 5/16   |   2013 Ford F 150 Interior
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2013 Ford F-150, SuperCrew shortbed Lariat
Owner and City/State: Fatal Clothing, Santa Fe Springs
Chassis
Front Suspension: RideTech ShockWaves
Rear Suspension: RideTech four-link with ShockWaves, RideTech AirPod control system
Drivetrain
Engine: 6.2L with Whipple supercharger and CGS exhaust
Body
Shaved door handles, shaved antennae, Ford Oval frenched into top of grill surround, custom grill center with mesh, Striker ram air functional hood, Striker front fascia and splitter, one-off fender vents done as Fatal “F” logo, Striker lower side rockers and rear bumper diffusers, Gaylord’s Lid, custom headlight paint work, Recon tail lights, Planet Color Ace of Spades Black, lower panels painted Artic White with flat clear coat over Fatal Clothing art graphics with turquoise pinstripe, two 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers, amps and two M282 marine tower speakers, custom maple wood flooring with Fatal Clothing skateboards mounted on custom stands
Interior
Katzkin black leather seats with Barracuda perforated inserts, custom embroidery on seat backs, custom painted interior panels, Fatal Clothing art work on center console, painted door panels, and plastic panels throughout, leather headliner with Fatal artwork
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Custom 3-piece DUB design 24x9 with painted hoops and flat white center spokes
Tires: Falken 295/35R24
Photo 9/16   |   Custom 2013 Ford F 150
Responding to a project put forth by Fatal Clothing, is this ’13 SuperCrew Lariat to be used as a rolling marketing tool for an already well-known company. Taking a slightly different path as the Platinum that Hulst had just completed, this Lariat was prepped for good times and loud tunes.
The front suspension rides on a RideTech ShockWave adjustable air springs, and the rear received a set as well, with a RideTech four-link and an Air Pod self-contained control system keeps all the confusion out of the air management.
One more time, Whipple was called upon to add a supercharger to have this identical 6.2-liter make the exact same 650 hp with 508 lb-ft torque and also has a CGS exhaust system exhaling.
Photo 10/16   |   Custom 2013 Ford F 150 Rear Three Quarter
But that is where the similarities end. The body was shaved smooth with the door handles and antennae removed. The grille center was replaced with a custom mesh piece as the Ford logo was frenched into the top of the grille surround. The rest of the body was given the Striker treatment with a ram-air kit on the hood, front fascia and splitter, one-off custom Fatal “F” logo fender vents, with a Striker lower side rocker kit and rear bumper diffusers.
The paint scheme was full custom and full volume letting anyone who looked at it make no mistake as to who the truck represented. Planet Color Ace of Spades Black got polished up to mirror black and sits above Planet Color Arctic White with flat clearcoat over custom Fatal art graphics, all capped off with a turquoise pinstripe separating the two colors.
Inside the bed are two Rockford Fosgate 12-inch subs, amps, and two M282 Rockford marine tower speakers that can pivot 360 degrees, siting above a custom maple wood bed floor with Fatal skateboards mounted on custom stands as another Gaylord’s lid covers it all up so the party can be driven off securely to the next location.
Photo 11/16   |   Custom 2013 Ford F 150 Bed Sound System
The interior also went full custom with a Katzkin Barracuda leather kit with a Fatal “F” logo embroidered in the seatbacks, while the dash and console were custom painted and adorned with Fatal artwork around the center stack, as the door panels were re-skinned with custom printed Fatal logos and more artwork.
This moving advertisement rolls on another set of custom three-piece DUB-designed 24x9 wheels with painted hoops, a flat white center, and a turquoise pinstripe on the outer edge to match the upper stripe, all of which are wrapped in 295/35R24 Falkens.
These two trucks were built by the Hulst Customs for two different companies, but they were really built to complement each other. See there is a connection between Fatal Clothing and Gaylord’s Lids. Gaylord’s started out in the ’60s with Bill Gaylord Sr. making his mark on the kustom car culture of the day; Bill Gaylord Jr., while continuing to run his namesake company, started Fatal Clothing to put his mark on the kustom clothing culture. Wanting to bridge the gap between these worlds, Bill Jr. wants to continue his father’s legacy and introduce a new one to his audience.
Photo 12/16   |   Custom 2013 Ford F 150 Front Three Quarter
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2013 Ford F-150, 6.2L 2WD SuperCrew shortbed Platinum
Owner and City/State: Gaylord’s Lids, Santa Fe Springs
Chassis
Suspension: DJM suspension front and rear
Drivetrain
Engine: 6.2L with Whipple twin screw supercharger with a CGS exhaust
Body
Striker Trucks ram air hood kit, custom grill center with mesh, Striker Trucks front fascia and splitter kit, custom headlight paint work, Recon Tail Lights, Striker vent, Striker lower side rockers and rear bumper diffusers, Planet Color Ace of Spades Black to a showroom finish, with satin red vinyl stripes, Gaylord’s Lid, Gaylord’s carpet-lined bed with hidden storage boxes.
Interior
Katzkin leather seats with Barracuda perforated inserts, custom embroidery on seat backs, custom painted interior panels, leather headliner, painted door panels with plastic parts throughout, leather headliner
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Custom three-piece 22x9 DUB design with chrome hoops and black center spokes
Tires: Falken 305/40R22
Photo 13/16   |   2013 Ford F 150 Platinum Interior

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