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2002 Ford F-450 Dualie Represents JJFU

War Rig

Jan 23, 2017
Contributors: Hali Naron
Photographers: KP Concepts
Jesse James, currently living in Austin, Texas, reached out to Jason Naron of Jays Fine Line Rigs Offroad & Performance about getting his ’02 Ford F-450 Super Duty dualie built with some style to showcase what a true Texas work truck looked like—with a touch of that show quality Jason is known for, of course! Jason drove out to meet Jesse and talk over the ideas Jesse had for the build and what he wanted to feature on his prominent rig. After getting this firsthand feel for what Jesse was looking for, Jason designed the truck and began the process of ordering the needed parts. This build was unique in the sense that it needed to represent Jesse James Firearms Unlimited (JJFU) while carrying the “bad boy” status of the man himself. Everyone knows Jesse as an American badass, and Jason wanted to make sure to deliver a product that represented this image—a badass work truck.
Photo 2/16   |   It’s one badass work truck, built for the American badass master fabricator himself: Jesse James. Although you might remember him from West Coast Choppers and Monster Garage, his most recent endeavor is Jesse James Firearms Unlimited, which this flatbed dualie ’02 Ford F-450 Super Duty represents.
The team at Jays got started on the teardown, trashing all the “grandpa” accessories the truck had on it to reveal a clean canvas for Jason and Jesse’s vision. The old, rusted frame and axles were wire-brushed down to bare metal to ensure the foundation of the build was pristine. After the frame was coated in a satin black finish, it was ready for the lift components to be installed. The team tackled the install of a 5.5-inch Fabtech suspension lift with new front leaf springs and a Fabtech adjustable track bar. Dual shock hoops allowed for the Bilstein 5100 shocks up front. A matching steering stabilizer and matching rear shocks out back completed the suspension.
Photo 3/16   |   Jesse James Ford F450 Rear
The truck needed a custom attitude, so Jason reached out to his buddies over at WPC Services in Longview, Texas, to assist in equipping the project with American-made accessories, starting with the front bumper. WPC specializes in things like waterjet cutting, plasma cutting, and powdercoating. With a sleek design housing four KC HiLiTES POD LEDs, a center mesh insert to tie in with the grille, and a set of clevis mounts, the WPC bumper was designed to give the truck some attitude. Jason wanted to make a roof rack that would give the menacing Super Duty the ultimate badass look, so the crews at Jays and WPC quickly moved toward making a one-off roof rack that held six 20-inch KC LED lightbars to brighten up any situation Jesse might encounter—from all angles of the truck. The grille, also fabricated by WPC, was designed to be a solid one-piece direct replacement with a custom-machined oval badge letting you know whose truck was rolling by. The grille emblem and side badges are Jesse’s trademark logo for JJFU, which displays a striking hammer and two lightning bolts. Jason sensed the side steps were going to be an attention-grabber for Jesse as he climbed into the big rig, so a custom set fabricated by WPC (etched with the famous saying from Jesse, PAY UP SUCKER) was in order. WPC sprayed all these items in a textured black powdercoat to tie in with the theme of the truck.
Photo 4/16   |   With the help of Jays Fine Line Rigs and WPC Services, the front end looks fresh, clean, classy, and menacingly “murked-out.” We’ll take form and function over product overload any day of the week!
Jason chose to add Bushwacker satin black front fender flares for the extra finishing touch. Since factory lights were not an option on this build, Jason ran with Recon smoked cab lights, projector smoked headlights, and smoked mirror side marker LED lights to give the clean, stealthy, all-black truck a big rig 4x4 look. The Super Duty already had a CM Truck Beds flatbed installed, so to give it the final touch, custom side badges were made with the Jays logo to identify the shop had in fact put together the War Rig right in Texas. Additionally, the flatbed’s trim pieces were removed and powdercoated the same battleship gray.
The big F-450 rolls on a custom set of 19.5-inch Alcoa wheels Jesse had made with the original Iron Cross logos in the spokes. They were stripped down and powdercoated battleship gray to complement the black on the build. Jason wrapped the custom wheels with 285x70R19.5 Toyo M608 tires for an oversized big rig look that retains off-road capabilities. A custom set of V&V Concepts .50 cal lug nuts coated in Cerakote with poweredcoated tips was the icing on the cake for the wheel and tire combo, giving the rig the ultimate urban assault look.
Photo 5/16   |   The .50 cal lug nuts on the F-450’s well-rounded wheel and tire combo come courtesy of V&V Concepts. They’re coated in a product from a company called Cerakote Firearm Coatings, which specializes in thin film ceramic coating technology, while the tips are powdercoated.
Jason contacted Dorian Reyna, owner of Power Stroke Enginuities (PSE) of Houston, Texas, to make the 6.0L Power Stroke diesel engine stout and strong. The notorious 6.0L received a full inspection and overhaul using only top-of-the-line parts. The truck was fitted with a PowerMax Performance Diesel by Garrett, 175/30 injectors, ceramic-coated pistons, ARP head studs, an SCT LiveWire tuner with Gearhead custom tunes, an S&B cold-air intake with an intake elbow, and a full 4-inch Flo-Pro exhaust system with a black 7-inch high-heat Flo-Pro exhaust tip.
The truck wouldn’t be complete without carrying all the custom goods into the interior. Jason brought on James Halter to the build, owner of Definitive Audio Designs (DAD), who made a custom fiberglass sub box behind the center console to house one DAD 8-inch subwoofer. Two Alpine amps power the subwoofer and the Alpine 6.5-inch door speakers. Tony Montoya of Tony’s Upholstery wrapped the headliner and visors in black suede to give the interior a very clean look to match the factory gray lariat seat package. Jason installed a remote start so Jesse could get the War Rig cranked up and ready to go even when he wasn’t in the truck. No “fish bowl” here—tinted windows give the truck a dark complex as it rolls down the highway.
Photo 6/16   |   It’s only appropriate that the Super Duty shows off the logo of Jesse James Firearms Unlimited, which is a striking hammer and two lightning bolts. The first JJFU firearms were unveiled in November 2013.
War Rig was quite the workhorse dualie build, turning the heads of onlookers as well as Jesse’s when the truck was delivered back to him in Austin, Texas. With a big smile on his face in reaction to how the revamped truck turned out, Jesse couldn’t help but compliment the slick but unique style and attention to detail given to the former old, worn-out work truck. Jesse was ecstatic about how the War Rig turned out and naturally couldn’t wait to show it off to friends and family. The War Rig has a distinct presence that appropriately symbolizes Jesse James’ new business endeavor, JJFU. Special thanks go to the team at Jays Fine Line Rigs for busting ass and devoting time to the build: Jason Naron, Hali Naron, Mike Naron, David Reese, Darl Whiteaker, and Michael Mitchell; as well as James Halter, Tony Montoya, Dorian Reyna, Sloan Williams, and Trey Miller.

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