Ultimate Ford F-150 Work Truck: Part 1 Photo Gallery
We Build It, You Win It!
Dan Ward –
Oct 1, 2012
Photo 1/30 | 2012 Ford F150 tavis Highlander Rendering | As you can see from this Tavis Highlander rendering, the Master Lock ultimate F-150 work truck is going to combine the best of functionality with the tough, rugged looks you would expect from a Truckin magazine build.
Photo 2/30 | 2012 Ford F150 tavis Highlander Rendering | As you can see from this Tavis Highlander rendering, the Master Lock ultimate F-150 work truck is going to combine the best of functionality with the tough, rugged looks you would expect from a Truckin magazine build.
Photo 3/30 | 2012 Ford F150 stock Truck | 1. Once we received the 2012 F-150 SuperCab from Master Lock, it was our job to turn it into a legitimate work truck. The first step was to get the bed ready for some heavy-duty action.
Photo 4/30 | 2012 Ford F150 bedliner Masking | 2. After arriving at 714 Motorsports in Westminster, California, the bedliner pros started the Bullet Liner spray-on liner install by masking off the outside of the bed and entire cab of the truck. They then scuffed the bed with an oscillating sander and wiped it down with acetone to prep the Bullet Liner for adhesion.
Photo 5/30 | 2012 Ford F150 bullet Liner | 3. A thick basecoat of Bullet Liner's patented material was then sprayed all over the bed and finished with a light topcoat for a professional finish. As you can see, the spray nozzle doesn't need to be close-up for proper application, making the process an easy and quick one.
Photo 6/30 | 2012 Ford F150 bullet Liner Dried | 4. With the Bullet Liner dried (after only taking a few minutes to cure), we drove the F-150 to our tech center in Irvine, California, and admired the ready-for-work bed. It was now time to install the BedSlide 1000 PRO SE ($1,149.00).
Photo 7/30 | 2012 Ford F150 bedslide Measuring | 5. First up, we had to pick the BedSlide off the shipping pallet and place it into the 6-1/2 foot bed. Once it was centered by eye, we grabbed a few tape measures and measured the distance from the side bedwalls (each side) and the distance from the tailgate in the closed position (on each side of the BedSlide).
Photo 8/30 | 2012 Ford F150 extending Frame Mounting | 6. We then carefully slid the BedSlide into the extended position, measured again to ensure it was square inside the bed, and marked the frame's hole locations with a pen. A 3⁄16-inch pilot hole was then drilled and followed up by a 1/2-inch hole for the mounting hardware.
Photo 9/30 | 2012 Ford F150 nut | 7. BedSlide includes a unique tool that keeps the compression nut in place while installing the retaining bolts. It basically pulls the lower portion of the nut up flush with the bottom of the bed sandwiching from top and bottom (much like a wall anchor stud).
Photo 10/30 | 2012 Ford F150 bedslide 1000pro Se | 8. With the bolts tightened down and the side rails installed, the BedSlide 1000PRO SE was looking the part of one-half work truck and one-half custom pickup.
Photo 11/30 | 2012 Ford F150 paramount Restyling Professional Rack | 9. Assembly of the Paramount Restyling professional rack started by bolting the rear driver-side upright post to the driver-side upper beam. It is worth noting, none of the bolts were tightened down until the rack was actually on the truck and squared up.
Photo 12/30 | 2012 Ford F150 paramount Rack Quick Release Pin | 10. A nice perk to the Paramount rack is the quick-release pin for the rear crossmember. This allows us to remove it in seconds and load or unload extra-tall cargo with ease. With the rear crossmember in place, we inserted the two swivel bolts that allow the rack to pivot for easy alignment.
Photo 13/30 | 2012 Ford F150 mounting Rack Bosses | 11. Mounting bosses for the rack were then bolted to the support uprights (again, not tightened down yet). These unique mounting bosses provide a drill-free install, or if you want to permanently mount it, you can do so instead.
Photo 14/30 | 2012 Ford F150 front Crossbeam Upper Beam | 12. The front pair of upright brackets were then installed onto the upper beam. All of the included hardware was Grade 8.
Photo 15/30 | 2012 Ford F150 front Crossbeam Upper Beam | 13. We were now ready to insert the front crossbeam into each side of the upper beam, which made the rack a solid, singular piece.
Photo 16/30 | 2012 Ford F150 front Crossbeam Upper Beam Bolted | 14. It was held together with two supplied carriage bolts.
Photo 17/30 | 2012 Ford F150 support Union Joint | 15. Covering that sliding union joint and also providing structural integrity, we bolted these support brackets in place.
Photo 18/30 | 2012 Ford F150 center Crossmember | 16. Helping add one more rung of support and bracing, the center crossmember was put into place and the retaining bolt inserted.
Photo 19/30 | 2012 Ford F150 paramount Restyling Professional Rack Built | 17. To give you a good idea of what we're working with before we positioned the professional rack onto the bed, we set it up on this shop lift. Paramount Restyling's professional-grade contractor's rack features black powdercoat, double-ended hooks on each upright post, and the ability to support up to 1,000 pounds of cargo ($399.99).
Photo 20/30 | 2012 Ford F150 paramount Restyling Professional Rack Installed | 18. A cool feature of this rack is its compact shipping packaging. The entire rack can ship via UPS in just two boxes. The rack is more than 150 pounds and is extra-large when assembled. We recruited some help and hoisted the rack into place on the bedrails.
Photo 21/30 | 2012 Ford F150 j Bolts | 19. Using these clever "J" mounting bolts, the rack is held onto the bedrails by tension. Each mounting boss has two holes for the "J" bolts, or you can permanently mount it using bolts.
Photo 22/30 | 2012 Ford F150 bolts Tightened | 20. Once the rack was squared up using a level, all of the bolts were tightened.
Photo 23/30 | 2012 Ford F150 deezee Blue Label Toolbox | 21. DeeZee's commercial-grade Blue Label toolbox ($786.99) was up next. This isn't your typical weak aluminum box; it has reinforcements throughout for added strength, it's made from thick-gauge material, and it has 12.8 cubic feet of storage.
Photo 24/30 | 2012 Ford F150 contractor Rack Mounting | 22. Because of the burly size, the box wouldn't clear the contractor's rack mounting bosses. We had to grind off both of the mounting tabs for the contractor rack mounting bosses, which meant using anti-theft self-tapping 5⁄16-inch screws to permanently attach the box to the bed.
Photo 25/30 | 2012 Ford F150 push Latches | 23. These ergonomic push latches are lockable on either side, and easily open the reinforced lid with self-aligning interior latches.
Photo 26/30 | 2012 Ford F150 dee Zee E Z Down Tailgate Shock | 24. Ensuring the tailgate would never slam down with our arms full of tools or cargo, we also installed this DeeZee E-Z down tailgate shock.
Photo 27/30 | 2012 Ford F150 pulling Out Floor | 25. With the bed ready for work, we tried out everything and were impressed with both form and function.
Photo 28/30 | 2012 Ford F150 floor Pulled Out | 26. With the bed ready for work, we tried out everything and were impressed with both form and function.
Photo 29/30 | 2012 Ford F150 floor Fully Extended | 27. With the bed ready for work, we tried out everything and were impressed with both form and function.
Photo 30/30 | 2012 Ford F150 deezee Toolbox | 28. Win this truck. Three simple words, but we're serious. To register for a chance to win, go to facebook.com/masterlock.