A 2019 Ford F-250 that’s More Than Meets the Eye
Always looking to innovate, Doug DeBerti and his son Brad have created what we think is the ultimate dual-role rig . When this ’19 Ford F-250 debuted at the 2018 SEMA Show, it had heads turning with its ability to be quickly transformed from a basic-looking pickup into a fully capable work truck/support vehicle. If our recollect is solid, there hasn’t been anything like this truck before and DeBerti Design really hit the nail on the head.
Originally from Montana, Doug has been wrenching since he was fourteen. He uprooted to Southern California with only $800 to his name and started a company called Trenz, which specialized in making custom aluminum parts for the automotive aftermarket.
Along the way, Doug got recognition for his talents and was called upon by a few of the big auto manufacturers to work his magic on new models that they wanted to promote. DeBerti Design was born as Doug specialized in giving these vehicles a unique twist that would get big respect with fans and other builders. Along the way, Brad was raised in the thick of this and pretty much grew up with a wrench in his hand. Now that he is an adult, Brad works alongside his pops while learning the ropes of the industry. The two men even star in their own TV show, Twin Turbos. The show’s name is in reference to what they call each other, “Turbo” and “Twin Turbo” because of their crazy energy.
Doug and Brad wanted to build a groundbreaking work truck that is sleek and unsuspecting. While shopping during a kitchen remodel on Brad’s house, they came across a cabinet with a door that swung upward to open. They instantly figured that this hinge system may be the defining piece to make their work-truck idea a reality, and they pitched the truck idea to their contacts at Ford. After providing a quick sketch and a rundown of the project, they received a stock F-250 to build for the ’18 SEMA show.
The build started with removing the bed and making a skeleton frame of boxes over the rear of the chassis. Then, steel was bent, modified, and welded together along with other components to form a completely new utility bed, and the DeBertis created a set of custom hinges and a slide-out drawer in the back. The rear bumper is attached to it for a stock appearance when closed. Finally, BOXO tools were added to finish it off.
The truck was stretched 4 inches wider at the front fenders and rear bedsides. After machining molds out of foam blocks, LGE-CTS Motorsports created the new fenders with hand-laid fiberglass. Once the truck was together, it was painted in Sherwin Williams Sapphire, a deep black tinged with just a hint of blue. Other exterior touches include a prerunner-style front bumper and custom headlights by Bullseye Retros. On top of the cab is a custom-made light bar featuring LED beacons from Rigid Industries. The bar contours to the round shape of the windshield and the lights are individually adjustable to be focused the where they’re needed.
In addition to the truck’s appearance, ride quality and off-road capability are the job of the tricked-out suspension that’s highlighted by a Cognito Motorsports 2-inch leveling setup featuring Fox Factory 2.5-inch remote-reservoir shocks. The suspension package also includes dual-rate coil springs, caster-adjustable radius arms up front, and SM Series Limited Dynamic Geometry traction bars out back.
A set of Hellwig Products Big Wig sway bars are installed at the front and rear. Doug says they drastically reduce body roll and help stabilize a truck like this work-hard/play-hard rig. Towing is supported by Hellwig’s Big Wig air springs . The system is designed with an auto-leveling feature to maintain proper ride height and provide a comfortable, smooth ride, even with the heaviest loads onboard. A set of race-style KMC XD433 Grenade TT beadlock wheels hold down BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 tires that are ready to tackle any terrain.
While the F-250’s 6.7L Power Stroke was capable enough in stock trim, Doug knew the engine had plenty potential for making additional power (to counter the weight of the new toolboxes, and for towing). No Limit Fabrication added its compound-turbocharger system. The setup is comprised of a 76mm Precision Turbo ‘charger that forces air to a Fleece Performance Engineering 63mm unit. A Midwest Diesel & Auto air-to-water intercooler keeps incoming air temperatures down. With the upgrades, power is rated at 850 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque.
The DeBerti Design team stunned all at the 2018 SEMA Show and won Ford’s Best of Show award. This truck was built to showcase what can be done with a new F-250. As Brad pursues a future in various forms of racing, the truck will be on the sidelines to support him whenever and wherever possible
Year/Make/Model: ’19 Ford F-250
Owner: Doug and Brad DeBerti
Hometown: Pismo Beach, California
Odometer: 200 miles
Engine: 6.7L Power Stroke V-8, No Limit Fabrication billet oil pan, crankcase kit, EGR kit and dress-up kit
Programming: SCT programmer with Tyrant Diesel tuning by No Limit Fabrication
Air: Precision Turbo 76/85 and Fleece Performance Engineering 63/66 turbochargers prepared by No Limit Fabrication, Midwest Diesel & Auto air-to-water intercooler, tubing and cold-air intake
Exhaust: Ford Performance tailpipe
Transmission: 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic
Horsepower: 850 hp
Torque: 1,200 lb-ft
Tires: 37x12.50 BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2
Wheels: 17x9 KMC XD433 Grenade TT beadlock
Suspension: Cognito Motorsports 2-inch leveling/lift package, dual-rate coil springs, caster-adjustable radius arms (front), SM Series Limited Dynamic Geometry traction bars (rear), Fox Factory 2.5-inch remote-reservoir shocks, Hellwig Products sway bars, Big Wig auto-leveling air-spring system, QA1 Motorsports Heim joints
Body: DeBerti Design custom utility bed with swing-open bedsides and rear-opening drawer, Rigid Industries LED lights, pre-runner front bumper, T6061 aluminum grille, B&W Trailer Hitches gooseneck flip ball, BOXO tools, Bullseye Retros headlights, LGE-CTS Motorsports "Baja Forged" fiberglass fenders and bedsides, Line-X bedliner, MAC’s tire straps, Miller suitcase welder, Pro Eagle jack, Sherwin Williams Sapphire paint, wrapped toolboxes, Safecraft Safety Equipment, AMP Research PowerStep XL steps
Interior: Custom leather seats, headliner and steering-wheel cover by Roadwire Leather Interiors, Ford Performance recovery kit, Cool It Thermo-Tec sound deadener
Fun Fact: The DeBertis wanted to build the first pre-runner-style work truck that opens up to hidden tool boxes. With Precision Turbo’s 76mm and Fleece Performance Engineering’s 63mm turbochargers (packaged by No Limit Fabrication), the ’19 Ford F-250’s 6.7L Power Stroke engine pushes out 850 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque.