2016 Ford F-250 Arachnophobia
All Caught Up in the Web of this ’16 Ford F-250
Gary and Molly Brewer from Zephyrhills, Florida, own this beautiful Oxford White ’16 F-250 Super Duty, transformed from bone-stock on the dealership floor in February to this incredible custom, completed in December. Gary is an HVAC tech and he and Molly own a childcare center. The truck is a culmination of a lifelong dream for Gary, who has built many customs over the years—but none at this level. Within two days of the truck being driven off the showroom floor, parts began arriving at the Brewers’ door. Don’t be fooled—the creation of this radical ride was not without its pitfalls.
A big, lifted truck was the initial goal, but the first 8-inch lift resulted in a vehicle they couldn’t drive because the 38-inch tires were rubbing. The second 10-inch lift was achieved with 2-inch spacers up front and new rear leaf springs, but it still did not clear the tires. The third approach added 14 inches of lift with a King coilover four-link conversion up front and traction bars in the rear. Although it was an improvement, it still did not quite meet Gary’s goal of having the rocker panels at the same height as the tops of the 40-inch tires. Since you can’t hit home runs with broomsticks, the fourth and final package was the answer, designed by Plan B Fab in Sanford, Florida. The team removed all the previous upgrades and installed custom front and rear four links, creating a staggering 22 inches of lift. The impressive altitude is only one small factor, however, compared to the amazing amount of detail incorporated into this truck at every level.
The unique theme of the Ford centers around a hand-painted spiderweb on the bedsides that showed a black widow spider with a bright red hourglass on her belly. The hourglass and spiderweb theme is repeated throughout. Since the high-altitude truck clearly puts the suspension on display, everything underneath was powdercoated white and accented with custom trusses and CNC-cut aluminum overlays done in striking Lollipop Red. Suspension upgrades began with powdercoating the Super Duty axles, spindles, and coilovers Lollipop, then reassembling them with custom overlays and polished aluminum accents. In the center of the truck, the white cradle holds the four links, a black widow spider, and those contrasting Lollipop webbing overlays. All four 24x14 American Force Vortex SS wheels also received their own CNC-cut, Lollipop webbing fitted to the centers. The rig rides on 40-inch Interco SS M-16 tires (40x14.50R24LT), and all four wheels are stabilized by F-O-A coilover reservoir shocks. The front wheels get an extra pair of F-O-A triple bypass shocks along with dual steering stabilizers to ensure the towering truck tracks straight and true. As a subtle aid in managing morning traffic, Gary equipped the big Ford with a train horn set from HornBlasters. Powered by a chrome Viair compressor and a 5-gallon reserve tank, the Lollipop Red attention-getter is hard to ignore.
Body mods on the lifted Ford began with a Cervini cowl induction hood and a custom grille fabricated by Overkill Fabrication in Michigan. JFab bumpers hold Monster Hooks and another set of Lollipop aluminum overlays. Nighttime illumination begins with a pair of 36-inch LED lightbars and four LED cubes. The theme continues with multicolor LED headlight halo rings from LED Concepts that team up with 16 Efficient Lighting LED Rock Lights underneath the truck. Together, they produce a unique nighttime light show. Gary added an Extang tonneau cover to protect the contents of the bed, and since egress requires finesse (and possibly a spotter!), AMP Research retractable side steps activate with the doors. Custom paint touches were applied to the mirrors, door handles, grille shell, and tailgate. Pinstriping was added to the tailgate along with that pinstriped spiderweb. The truck’s distinct styling ensures a wake of turned heads behind it wherever it travels.
Moving inside, Katzkin leather was chosen for the front and rear seats, with a Kenwood DDX9702S touchscreen head unit added for entertainment on road trips. It controls a pair of Kicker amps under the passenger seat (400X1 and 600X4) that power 6.5-inch JL Audio component sets in the doors and the pair of 12-inch Kicker subs behind the rear seat. Trim pieces throughout the interior were painted Oxford White to match the exterior. Wrapping up the long list of changes, the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel powerplant was next. Since it already had plenty of driveshaft-warping torque, just a few additional horsepower tweaks were added, like the K&N cold-air intake, Flo-Pro 4-inch stainless steel exhaust, and SCT tuner, mapped by Pela Motorsports.
The truck is a joy to drive and functions as quiet time away from the sometimes noisy family business. Future plans include showing and driving the truck and continuing to make subtle mods along the way. Special thanks go to Rob from Plan B Fab, Jason from JFab, Jeremy from JB Customs, Luke for the spiderweb pinstriping, and Greg for all the help along the way.