Project Tarmac, Part 2: 2012 Ford F-150 Photo Gallery
Sheetmetal, Suicide Doors, and A Splash of Red Leather
Dan Ward –
Sep 1, 2012
Photo 1/26 | 2012 Ford F150 painted Body | 23. Fresh out of the spray booth, the truck was almost ready for its close-up.
Photo 2/26 | 2012 Ford F150 rendering | Project Tarmac, Part 2: 2012 Ford F-150
Photo 3/26 | 2012 Ford F150 dashboard Removed | 1. Trying to get the F-150 ready for the 2011 SEMA show, the CGS Motorsports crew literally gutted the interior.
Photo 4/26 | 2012 Ford F150 interior Dash Panels | 2. Each part will be wrapped in red leather from Pecca Leather, or wrapped in suede, also from Pecca.
Photo 5/26 | 2012 Ford F150 red Leather | 3. At Pecca Leather's U.S. headquarters, in Downey, California, each piece of red leather was hand stitched, including the red leather seats. The seat covers and leather panel covers were then sent to Stitchcraft Interiors, in Westminster, California, for installation.
Photo 6/26 | 2012 Ford F150 custom Red Seatbelts | 4. A lipstick red leather interior with black seatbelts just wouldn't fly, so Casey and Ron had seatbeltplanet.com create these new red seatbelts that both look good and are DOT safe
Photo 7/26 | 2012 Ford F150 grille And Hood Separation | 5. Back at CGS Motorsports' headquarters, Casey and Ron began modifying the F-150's hood. As anyone with a late-model Ford knows, the hood and grille shell are one piece. Not for long. With the grille shell removed, a piece of tape was used as a template for the new piece of sheetmetal.
Photo 8/26 | 2012 Ford F150 trim Piece Template | 6. Ron then transferred the template to 16-gauge sheetmetal steel and cut out the new trim piece.
Photo 9/26 | 2012 Ford F150 hood Sanding | 7. Using a 3M Scotch-Brite 3-inch Bristle Disc, Ron busted the paint off down to bare metal. This way, the surface was free of contaminants and ready to weld.
Photo 10/26 | 2012 Ford F150 frontend Piece | 8. With the new frontend piece tack-welded in place, you get an idea of how the modified hood will look. There will now be a definitive break in between the hood and grille.
Photo 11/26 | 2012 Ford F150 hood Scoop Cutout | 9. Again using tape as a guide, Ron cut out a rectangular section in the hood that will be used as a scoop.
Photo 12/26 | 2012 Ford F150 hood Scoop | 10. Dropping that cutout section down just a few inches, the sides were welded shut and the one-off hood was ready for bodywork. Before that could happen however, Ron and Casey wanted to make the doors as unique as the frontend.
Photo 13/26 | 2012 Ford F150 door Hinge | 11. Opening the rear doors, a measurement was taken for the hinge. Their plan was to scrap the factory hinge and forward-opening style doors and install a suicide hinge setup from Street Dreams by Ross.
Photo 14/26 | 2012 Ford F150 suicide Hinge Cutout | 12. After removing the doors altogether, the C-pillar door striker pocket was cut out using an air saw. This cutout will serve as the new mounting point for the suicide hinges.
Photo 15/26 | 2012 Ford F150 suicide Hinge Test Fit | 13. A quick test-fit was performed to make sure the Street Dreams by Ross small suicide hinges would fit. They did, and it was now time to weld in the thick support bracket and fabricate a new inner pillar pocket.
Photo 16/26 | 2012 Ford F150 c Pillar Door Pocket | 14. Check out how the new C-pillar door pocket is tacked in place with the upper suicide hinge already bolted on. As you can see, there were several complex shapes and convex to get just right, so the CGS team took their time and got it perfect.
Photo 17/26 | 2012 Ford F150 suicide Door Floor Grooves | 15. It took some serious fabrication skill to get the old doors ready for the suicide treatment. The two large grooves will serve as the mounting point for the hinges.
Photo 18/26 | 2012 Ford F150 support Brace | 16. A support brace was welded lengthwise to give the doors added structural integrity. The door was then bolted to the Street Dreams small suicide hinges.
Photo 19/26 | 2012 Ford F150 b Pillar Modification | 17. To say it takes large cojones to cut up a truck with less than 100 miles on the odometer is a giant understatement, and taking one good look a the B-pillar post modification will have even the most seasoned of customizers saying "Wow." All that is needed now is some bodywork and a door striker post.
Photo 20/26 | 2012 Ford F150 front Of Rear Door | 18. This will help clear up any confusion you may have. This is the front side of the rear door. It was heavily modified with an added piece of sheetmetal that sticks out and will meet up with the B-pillar post shown in the previous photo. Once the factory bear claw latch is bolted back in place, it will lock onto the B-pillar's door striker post.
Photo 21/26 | 2012 Ford F150 door Handles Removed | 19. Each door lost its factory handle in favor of smoothed sheetmetal filler plates. If you look closely, you can see the rear suicide hinges bolted in place through the rear door handle opening.
Photo 22/26 | 2012 Ford F150 suicide Door | 20. Voila! Again, this isn't for the faint of heart, but it does look incredible.
Photo 23/26 | 2012 Ford F150 street Scene Generation 3 Roll Pan | 21. With the welders still warm, Casey welded in a Street Scene Generation 3 steel roll pan and shaved the tailgate handle and F-150 emblem.
Photo 24/26 | 2012 Ford F150 hood Scoop | 22. As promised, the custom hood, doors, and bed all received extensive bodywork before being rolled into the paint booth where the truck was sprayed in DuPont black.
Photo 25/26 | 2012 Ford F150 painted Body | 23. Fresh out of the spray booth, the truck was almost ready for its close-up.
Photo 26/26 | 2012 Ford F150 one Piece Billet Door Handles | 24. One of the final touches was the installation of the giant, one-piece billet door handles that were milled just for this project. A sight to behold, these door handles use soft-touch sensors that activate the door poppers. Now that is trick. Even after walking around the truck at our photo shoot several times, this truck reveals more and more mods than you see at first glance.