Ultimate Ford F-150 Work Truck: Part 2 Photo Gallery
Making Our Bed As Secure As Fort Knox
Dan Ward –
Nov 1, 2012
Photo 1/28 | ford F 150 predator 4000 Watt Generator | 26. Fully loaded with tools and the peace of mind knowing they were going to still be in the bed after leaving the truck in the driveway overnight, we were ready to get to work. Enter for a chance to win this ultimate F-150 work truck by going to Facebook.com/masterlock.
Photo 2/28 | 2012 Ford F150 tavis Highlander Rendering | To enter for a chance to win this Ultimate F-150 Work Truck go to www.facebook.com/masterlock
Photo 3/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Products | 1. A truck's bed is susceptible to sticky fingers when the morally weak see high-dollar, heavy-duty tools, gear, and machinery hanging out. Master Lock's new security solutions aim to keep your gear safe and sound in your bed. They now have a ladder lock, track lock, U-lock for bed stake pockets and bed cleats, contractor-grade cable locks, tailgate locks, and 100-decibel motion-activated alarms.
Photo 4/28 | ford F 150 master Lock U Lock | 2. To start off the bed security installations, we began with the Master Lock U-lock for bed stake pockets and bed cleats. We used a T-30 Torx bit to remove the factory Ford cleat bolts, and then used them to secure the new base bracket for the U-lock.
Photo 5/28 | ford F 150 master Lock U Lock Base Plate | 3. Protecting the baseplate from weather and prybars, a plastic cover was slid over the baseplate and the U-lock key and lock assembly was inserted.
Photo 6/28 | ford F 150 master Lock U Lock Cable | 4. Now a cable or chain lock can be secured to the bed, while the U-shaped metal lock can still be used as a truck cleat for cargo management.
Photo 7/28 | ford F 150 paramount Restyling Ladder Rack Ladder Lock | 5. Moving up top to our Paramount Restyling ladder rack, we slipped the hinged ladder lock base over the 2-inch tubing and secured the stainless baseplate with two T-30 Torx bolts supplied in the ladder lock kit (PN: 8252DAT, $30.00).
Photo 8/28 | ford F 150 ladder Lock Cover | 6. A stainless steel cover was then slid over the bolt heads for added protection, and these plastic sleeves to prevent tampering.
Photo 9/28 | ford F 150 ladder Lock Rack | 7. With the lock pin in place, the ladder lock was ready to accept a cable or chain lock.
Photo 10/28 | ford F 150 vulcan Ladder | 8. We wanted our work truck to have more than just a basic ladder, so we went to Harbor Freight and picked up this Vulcan 23-in-1 ladder (PN: 67646, $124.99). This ladder can extend from 9 feet to 15 feet, and can also be used as a stepladder, scaffold, and workbench. It's as versatile as our F-150.
Photo 11/28 | ford F 150 stainless Steel Cable | 9. We used an integrated cable lock to secure the ladder to the ladder lock. This 6-foot stainless steel cable lock is burly yet flexible, and it can lock multiple items (PN: 8255DAT, $38.00).
Photo 12/28 | ford F 150 predator 4000 Watt Generator | 10. When we arrived at Harbor Freight in our work truck, the F-150 really wasn't ready for work, however, once we left, our truck was equipped with a 4,000-watt generator, 6-inch vise, 12V Lithium-ion drill, screwdriver and plier set, as well as gloves, knee pads, and heavy-duty extension cord. Now we can tackle those remodels and add-ons.
Photo 13/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Tracklock | 11. Keeping items secure on our BedSlide, we moved on to the Master Lock TrackLock, which is a lockable tie-down for bed track and rail systems (PN: 8251DAT, $30.00). The first step was to install the large rectangular pieces to the backside of the baseplate. These rectangular pieces are what grab the track/rail from the inside.
Photo 14/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Tracklock Bedslide | 12. We could then slide the baseplate onto the factory Ford utility track system.
Photo 15/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Tracklock | 13. A T-30 Torx bit was then used to tighten the bolts. This secured the locking tie-down into the track system.
Photo 16/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Tracklock Stainless Bolt Cover | 14. Much like in caption 6, a stainless bolt cover and plastic sleeves were slid onto the baseplate for added protection, and the lock pin could be inserted.
Photo 17/28 | ford F 150 stainless Steel Cable | 15. Here you can see how the locking tie-down works. It can be use to secure cargo, or keep things in place like a traditional tie-down.
Photo 18/28 | ford F 150 predator 4000 Watt Generator | 16. Having those lockable tie-downs was extremely important for this work truck, as we had a 4,000-watt Predator generator in the bed. This Harbor Freight 6.5hp generator has four 120V outlets, one 12V outlet, as well as a 240V outlet, and best of all, it's CARB approved for use in California (PN: 68527, $299.99).
Photo 19/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Decible Shock Lock | 17. Adding to our peace of mind, we installed this 100-decibel shock/motion-activated alarm to the backside of the generator (PN: 8254DAT, $45.00). It's armed via a wireless remote, and if someone tries to move it without our consent, they'll get a loud siren blast in the ears, while gathering the attention of anyone in the area. It has a magnetic base, and a Velcro pad is included for ease of installation.
Photo 20/28 | ford F 150 deezee Toolbox | 18. We also put an alarm on the inside of our DeeZee toolbox so we could quickly monitor if anyone tried to pry the lid open. It was important to know the toolbox was 100-percent secure because of the valuable Harbor Freight tools housed in the box.
Photo 21/28 | ford F 150 tailgate Lock | 19. Literally installing in seconds, we also added this tailgate lock (PN: 8253DAT) that wraps around the tailgate mounting pivot point and prevents anyone from walking away with your valuable tailgate. It worked really well and only costs $20.00.
Photo 22/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Towing Hitch | 20. A work truck has to be able to tow, and we needed all of the necessary tow accessories to make our F-150 ready for the long haul. Thankfully, Master Lock also makes a full line of towing parts from ball mounts to backup cameras and everything in between.
Photo 23/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Backup Camera | 21. Plug-and-play is a common buzzword for electronic devices, but the Master Lock backup camera was a genuine plug-and-play affair (PN: 4843DATSEN, $263.74). We simply plugged the camera's extension into the trailer-wiring receptacle and stuck the magnetic camera to the tailgate.
Photo 24/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Backup Camera Display | 22. After we hid the wire behind the back bumper, we hopped in the cab and plugged the power wire into the 12V outlet and turned on the camera. It's wireless, easy to use, and should really help when hitching up a trailer to the truck.
Photo 25/28 | ford F 150 trailer Ball | 23. With the 25⁄16-inch trailer ball secured to the 2-inch drop ball mount, we inserted the set into the factory-installed hitch receiver (PN: 3460DAT, $11.46 and 2827AT, $21.53).
Photo 26/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Hitch Vault | 24. The ball mount was secured to the hitch with a 5/8-inch locking pin that was included in the Hitch Vault kit (PN: 1467DAT, $31.30). This mini vault is locked onto the hitch pin and provides a safe place for your keys, credit cards, and a small cell phone. Now we can drive our truck to the beach, ballgame, or hunting field without carrying our keys with us. The vault unlocks via a combination lock of our choosing.
Photo 27/28 | ford F 150 master Lock Hitch Vault | 25. There you have it, the best of both worlds—safety and security.
Photo 28/28 | ford F 150 predator 4000 Watt Generator | 26. Fully loaded with tools and the peace of mind knowing they were going to still be in the bed after leaving the truck in the driveway overnight, we were ready to get to work. Enter for a chance to win this ultimate F-150 work truck by going to Facebook.com/masterlock.