2002 Ford F-350 - Modern Transformation
A Police Officer’s 7.3L Super Duty
Longevity and durability are very often the sole reasons for a truck purchase. After all, the process of deciding which truck to own is as detailed and involved as picking a partner. For Joe Hogan, the motivation for his purchase was how long it would last. As a police officer in Stuart, Florida, reliability was at the top of his list. Being told that a 7.3L Ford F-350 would last, Joe set out to find one he wanted. At a local dealership he decided on the ’02 Ford F-350 diesel pickup.
The first step was achieving the perfect lift. Joe enlisted Extreme Performance in Palm City, Florida. The crew outfitted the Ford with a Fabtech 6-inch lift using Skyjacker dual shocks. Joe lent a hand in the suspension modification by adding the traction bars, the Mag-Hytec differential cover, and a 4-inch MBRP turbo-back exhaust.
To modernize the ’02, Joe installed an ’07 Harley-Davidson front end and a ’12 tailgate and taillights. Bushwacker fender flares were affixed to the body along with ’07 LED power mirrors. Running boards from a ’12 Ford Platinum completed the exterior transformation. After researching five different locations, Joe settled on Certified Collision for the paint work. “Most places wouldn’t even take a truck this big here in Stuart,” Joe tells us. Shop painter Mike Howard got down to business, spraying Kandy Blue PPG water-based paint and Nissan Silver to give it a nice two-tone look. Gray pinstriping separated the colors.
Joe turned his attention to the interior by bringing it to Kelley’s Custom Trim in Stuart. The stitch kings started with an all-new carpet and headliner. Katzkin leather was then wrapped around all the seats. For the stereo upgrades, Joe brought the F-350 to World of Sound, where a navigation-equipped JVC dual-DIN head unit and MMats Pro Audio midrange and high components powered by MMats amplifiers (pushing out more than 800 watts) were installed throughout the cabin. A Viper alarm protects the trick ride, while remote start and remote GPS tracking and LED under-truck courtesy lights round out the build. A special thanks goes to David Panaro for helping with the whole project.
Joe’s 11-year-old son Josh became one of the leading motivational forces for this build. With anticipation, Josh watched the build with pride. On weekends, Josh can be found front and center in the passenger seat while Joe cruises the streets of South Florida. The custom truck scene takes a collective sigh of relief when they find out Officer Hogan is only following them to check out and compare trucks!