Project Tarmac, Part 1: 2012 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery
Taking the Word "Custom" to the Next Level
Dan Ward –
Aug 1, 2012
Photo 1/19 | 2012 Ford F150 rendering | Project Tarmac, Part 1: 2012 Ford F-150
Photo 2/19 | 2012 Ford F150 rendering | Project Tarmac, Part 1: 2012 Ford F-150
Photo 3/19 | 2012 Ford F150 control Arm | 1. Taking the brand-spankin'-new F-150 from the dealer lot, the father and son team of Ron and Casey Scranton wasted no time tearing down the suspension. Up front, the factory lower control arm bolts were busted loose, the lower arm given some slack, and the strut/coil spring assembly pulled free.
Photo 4/19 | 2012 Ford F150 belltech Lowering Springs | 2. To drop the front end down a few inches, a new Belltech lowering strut will replace the factory unit. This is a trick piece, as it's adjustable and can drop the truck up to 2 inches, or lift it depending on application.
Photo 5/19 | 2012 Ford F150 baer Brake Calipers | 3. Every proper custom truck needs big brakes, especially when you factor in the big wheels and big power the Scrantons had planned. Each corner was fit with 15-inch Baer rotors and six-piston calipers.
Photo 6/19 | 2012 Ford F150 pirelli Tires | 4. Those monster-sized rear tires are 405/25R24 Pirellis, and as you can see, they're substantially larger than the factory 18-inch stockers. To tuck such large rubber, a narrowed rearend was needed, as was bed wheel tub modifications, and of course, the suspension needed reworking.
Photo 7/19 | 2012 Ford F150 wheel Tub | 5. With the original wheel tub cut out, you can see just how massive the new tires are. The factory wheel tub shell will be reused, but with a large centersection welded to seamlessly create one extra-wide tub.
Photo 8/19 | 2012 Ford F150 four Link Rear Suspension Measurements | 6. After removing the bed, measurements were taken for the proposed four-link rear suspension. Note the axle was centered and aligned, and the factory leaf-spring mounting tabs were cut off.
Photo 9/19 | 2012 Ford F150 lower Link Bar | 7. Using those measurements, 11⁄2-inch DOM tubing was cut, bent, and fish-mouthed for the lower link bars. These will mount to the lower leafspring hanger and a custom tab for the axlehousing.
Photo 10/19 | 2012 Ford F150 four Link Rear Setup | 8. Moving ahead a few steps, here is the triangulated four-link rear suspension setup. Typically, they would have mounted the upper bars facing out, not in, but due to the gas tank location, this route was chosen instead. Also shown in this photo is the rear crossmember used to mount the VariShocks to.
Photo 11/19 | 2012 Ford F150 c Notch | 9. In order for proper axle travel, a C-notch was cut into the frame. Here you can see the outer sides welded in place, providing structural integrity for the factory frame when the middle section was cut away. It will later be boxed in.
Photo 12/19 | 2012 Ford F150 currie Enterprises | 10. While the frame was being cut and welded, the axle was delivered to the pros at Currie Enterprises. There, it was disassembled for shortening, new gears, and powdercoating. The first step was to remove the C-clips and pull the axles out of the tubes. Removed next, the rear brakes were discarded to make room for the big Baer brakes, and the gears were set aside.
Photo 13/19 | 2012 Ford F150 axle Shortening | 11. Measuring twice and cutting once was vital to stuff the new rear wheels and tires under the bed. Held down by a hydraulic press, the axle was straightened up and then a massive chop saw made quick work of the axle.
Photo 14/19 | 2012 Ford F150 axle Flange | 12. The new axle flange was aligned and trued, then welded into place. Note the custom shock mounting tab already in place for the rear coilovers.
Photo 15/19 | 2012 Ford F150 differential Gears | 13. After being cleaned, powdercoated, and baked, the narrowed rearend was ready to receive the new gears.
Photo 16/19 | 2012 Ford F150 axle Lathe | 14. Separating themselves from other rearend shops, Currie can actually make their own axles in-house. Here, a blank axle is in the lathe getting milled to the F-150's exact specs.
Photo 17/19 | 2012 Ford F150 completed Axle | 15. All buttoned up with new axles, lug studs, and gears, the freshly narrowed rearend was ready for business.
Photo 18/19 | 2012 Ford F150 axle Installed | 16. To simply whet your appetite, here is a sneak peek underneath the F-150. You can clearly see the narrowed rearend (though Casey had it powdercoated black to match the truck), and you can also see double-adjustable VariShocks, lower link bars, and meaty tires.
Photo 19/19 | 2012 Ford F150 whipple Supercharger | 17. A quick trip was taken up to Fresno where Whipple Superchargers used this 5.0L-equipped F-150 to perform their supercharger R&D. The end results were staggering. Those chubby rear tires will definitely be needed thanks to 445 rwhp and 408 lb-ft of torque! Don't miss next month, where we'll show you the body mods and wild interior makeover, as well as give you an up close and personal tour of the truck inside and out.