2011 Ford F-250: Visual FX’s Work Truck, Fun Truck, and Business Essential
If you’re a fan of Work Truck Review, you already know how indispensable our vehicles can be to our daily lives. Climb aboard in the morning and they transport us (and maybe a few members of the crew) to the job site. Add a cell phone or a laptop, and they become air-conditioned mobile offices, perfect for dealing with paperwork on the job. The trailer hitch on the back means the company trailer comes along for the ride. The right truck can turn work into fun.
Paul Holman from Green Cove Springs, Florida, understands the benefits of great trucks and has been enjoying them on multiple levels for the last couple of decades. Paul is a talented painter, working for General Motors for more than 15 years. He expanded his talents doing airbrushing along with custom high-end paintjobs before opening his own shop. You may remember seeing his work profiled in the July 2016 edition of 8-Lug. His Visual FX shop in St. Augustine, Florida, specializes in custom paint, collision repair, and automotive restoration, turning out show-winning airbrush artistry along with complete, from-the-ground-up customs.
Paul and his wife, Rebecca, also own a custom shop in Orange Park, Florida, and when a vehicle needs to move from one shop to the other, Paul has the answer, thanks to his ’11 Ford F-250 Super Duty. Purchased from one of his customers, the truck has become the perfect work and play vehicle for the business. Here’s how it works: Once the body is prepped and ready to move, it’s placed on a rotisserie, tied down to the company Texas Rollback open trailer, and hooked up to the big Ford. The 6.7L diesel rig covers the miles between the two shops effortlessly and can also pull the shop’s 28-foot covered trailer when it’s time for one of Visual FX’s customer vehicles to head out of town to a show.
But that’s not all. The billboard Ford does double duty, not only as a tow vehicle but also earning its pay even when parked, showcasing the talents of the shop with its custom paintjob. Paul enhanced the factory Ford Blue Pearl via custom airbrushing, pinstriping, and a subtle color shift design fading from charcoal gray on the hood to brilliant BASF Diamond Synergy Green toward the rear. Of course, custom wheels and a little extra altitude always add to the fun. The Super Duty rolls on 20x14 Fuel Hostage D530 wheels wrapped in 38x15.50R20LT Toyo Open Country rubber. To ensure his truck could do business off the beaten path—and being more than aware aware that a lifted truck gets more than its share of looks—Paul tricked out the Blue Oval with a 10-inch Fabtech lift kit, using ladder bars in the rear, drop-down brackets up front, and Fox reservoir shocks on all four corners. To top it off, a rooftop lightbar means the Ford never gets caught in the dark. The interior of Paul’s mobile office is outfitted with all the comforts of home, complete with air-conditioning, black Lariat leather seats, factory premium stereo, and even a few cupholders for morning coffee. Under the hood, the 6.7L V-8 diesel engine pumps out a sturdy 400 hp, gaining a little extra thanks to the cold-air intake and 4-inch Magnaflow exhaust. The Spartan electronic tuner is set on the Tow tune most of the time.
How is the Ford to live with? Paul says aside from its ability to move vehicles between his shops with ease, it’s also a great advertisement for the business. Whenever he pulls into a gas station, he always has a few business cards handy for folks who are intrigued by the custom F-250. Since his original goals were to drive a nice truck, tow heavy loads, and advertise the business, his big, lifted Ford continues to check all the boxes.