2012 Ford F-250 Grand Slam
An Out-of-the-Park ’12 Ford Super Duty
Some guys build trucks for a living, pumping out more project vehicles than even they can keep track of. Knowing the right people and having the right hookups, they are the guys the newbies look up to. They are the industry leaders, the trendsetters who get business done—fast. They won't be caught driving the same truck for more than a year. They hit the show circuit hard, with eyes on the Best Of trophies—and for good reason. Their builds kick ass. Buy, build, sell. Buy, build, sell. Being the "big fish" in the pond is impressive and exhausting. For every one of these guys, there are thousands of others who work their tails off to build one truck, piece by piece, over the course of many years and who have no intention of selling or building another. Out of enthusiasm, passion, and hard work, these "small fish" build killer rides. They dream big, set goals, and plan accordingly to humbly and graciously make their mark on the truck hobby they love. One of these guys is Casey King of Odessa, Texas, who has transformed his ’12 Ford F-250 Super Duty into something we all wouldn't mind cruising around in for a few days, years, or, let's be honest—indefinitely.
The enviable F-250 on these pages was a high school graduation gift to King from his parents. (Note that he has since taken over payments of the beast.) He had been looking for something in the ½-ton category, like a new F-150 to replace the one he had been driving. But, like we all know too well, once you glance at an HD truck like a Super Duty, there's no going back. Perceptive to their son's growing infatuation with the ¾-ton beauty, King’s parents insisted on the big boy, with the understanding that any mods would be out of King’s pocket. By working for a lawn mowing company while he was in high school—before he even had a driver’s license—King had some money saved up. He also had a growing wish list for the would-be truck. Eventually, King jumped at the opportunity to buy the lawn mowing service, while he was still in high school!
The purchase was made, and King found himself cruising in a brand-new Tuxedo Black Super Duty, using it to tow his trailer full of lawn mowers, as well as a water trailer. One of his first mods was a set of Ranch Hand bumpers. He started attending Texas Tech University. He sold the lawn business and switched to the oil field industry while he completed his college education. It was during this time that the truck transformation took place.
Having his plate full with school and work, King enlisted the guys at Complete Customs to customize the F-250 to his standards. Several visits were necessary, as the build escalated from a leveling kit to an all-out show truck. After three sets of wheels and several years, King finally felt he had hit the jackpot with the current version of his Blue Oval.
A walk around the truck leaves an eyebrow-raising impression thanks to the bumpers, grille, headlights, lightbars, badges, hooks, wheels, and tires. The in-your-face Road Armor Titan II front bumper houses 20- and 30-inch Trux Tech lightbars and protects an RBP RX-3 grille and Gold Standard Lighting custom headlights. Red F-250 badges add some accent color to the vast black canvas, as do an array of front and rear Monster Hooks products. Wrapped in massive 37-inch Interco tires, the 22-inch American Force Blade SS 8 wheels were painted by TC Customz; the black and red add tasteful style points.
The exterior mods would look amiss were it not for the sleek-looking 6-inch Icon Vehicle Dynamics lift, complete with shiny remote-reservoir piggback shocks and complemented by PMF traction bars and an Icon steering stabilizer to keep the heavy truck road-worthy and controllable. Amp Research retractable steps makes entry and egress a breeze, and really, every lifted truck on 37s needs steps. As the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel puts plenty of power and torque to the ground, engine mods were kept modest with an S&B cold-air intake, H&S MiniMaxx tuner, and Flo-Pro exhaust. Likewise, interior mods were kept clean and classy, with a hydro-dipped carbon-fiber dash, Pioneer screen, a pair of 10-inch Memphis Car Audio subs, and WeatherTech floormats.
King graduated from Texas Tech University and now has a Bachelor of Arts degree to go along with a fine looking ride. Having left behind his lawn mowing company and oil field job, he's settled into a rewarding career and still has his whole life ahead of him. Some kids squander the gifts they've been given—both the material gifts like the truck and the immaterial gifts like perseverance, dedication, and support. Others, like King, make the best of them and reap the rewards.
The front end get its menacing look from a trio of 50-, 30-, and 20-inch Trux Tech LED Lighting lightbars, an RBP RX-3 grille, and four Trux Tech LED pods and two Monster Hooks swivel hooks in the Road Armor Titan II bumper. There’s one more piece that makes the front end “pop,” so seamlessly integrated that it may go unnoticed: the Gold Standard Lighting custom headlights.
King never expected to be the proud owner of a 6.7L Power Stroke diesel, but he sure wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity. The dirt- and dust-free engine compartment sports an S&B cold-air intake and the trademark blue of Sinister Diesel products.
The Super Duty’s rear wheelwells swallow the massive 22x14 American Force Blade SS 8 wheels wrapped in 37X13.5R22 Interco SS-M16 tires. The wheels, custom-painted by TC Customz, tie together the black from the truck’s body with the red accent color seen elsewhere on the truck—including the Complete Customs brake caliper covers sneaking out from behind the wheel.
Up, up, and away! Like so many other builds, King’s Super Duty went from stock to leveled before settling into its current height. Complete Customs installed the red powdercoated Icon Vehicle Dynamics 6-inch lift with those oh-so-pretty shocks stuffed under the wheelwells.
I spy a bunch of aftermarket details on the tail of King’s Super Duty: a custom Ford logo, Recon taillights and a third brake light, a Road Armor bumper with Rigid Industries reverse lights, Monster Hooks hook and two swivel hooks, Mag-Hytec differential cover, and an RBP exhaust tip.
There’s a big difference between the Super Duty’s factory headlights and the final version from Gold Standard Lighting. First, they’re color-matched red and black to the rest of the truck. Next, the projectors have custom-etched “KC” and “Ford” logos. Lastly, the projectors are surrounded by color-changing ORACLE Lighting LEDs with an endless selection of color options, all managed via a controller inside the cab. Hello, officer!
SpecSheetYear/Make/Model: ’12 Ford F-250
Owner: Casey King
Hometown: Odessa, Texas
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8, S&B cold-air intake, 5-inch Flo-Pro exhaust into 6-inch RBP exhaust tip, H&S MiniMaxx tuner
Transmission: 6R140 six-speed automatic, Mag-Hytec front and rear differential covers
Suspension: Red powdercoated Icon Vehicle Dynamics 6-inch lift with Icon piggyback remote-reservoir shocks, Icon steering stabilizers, and PMF traction bars
Body: Color-matched Road Armor Titan II front bumper and Road Armor rear bumper; color-matched Lund fender flares; Gold Standard Lighting custom headlights; custom-painted F-250 badges; custom Ford tailgate logo; color-matched mirrors; RBP RX-3 grille; AMP Research retractable steps; Monster Hooks hook and four swivels; 50-, 30-, and 20-inch Trux Tech LED Lighting lightbars; four Trux Tech LED pods; LED rock lights in fenderwells; two Rigid Industries reverse lights; Recon LED taillights, third brake light, and mirror lights; toolbox; Rhino-lined bed; limo tint; glossy black painted axles; red Complete Customs brake caliper covers
Interior: WeatherTech floormats; two 10-inch Memphis subwoofers; Pioneer screen; custom hydro-dipped carbon-fiber dash; custom H&S MiniMaxx mount; LED controller for headlights
Wheels: 22x14 American Force Blade SS 8 custom-painted by TC Customz
Tires: 37x13.5R22 Interco SS-M16
Special Thanks: The Man Upstairs (God) for blessing him, friends, family, and Monster Hooks Fun Fact: King played on the State Championship baseball team his senior year of high school.