Got low? How does 16-1/4 inches lower than stock sound?
With flashbulbs blazing, security pushing back fans, and even celebrity jaw's dropping, it arrives fashionably late and worthy of attention. Spinning double-deuces, body-dropped over 5 inches, and Lincoln-clipped, this stunner amazes all, as the earth shakes from its six 12-inch subwoofers. No, it's not a dream, and no, it's not a movie star or famed athlete pulling up to the Oscars, it is an unbelievable custom truck owned and built by Jim Hanson of Louisville, Kentucky.
Exiting the truck, the fans look for someone of world acclaim, but no, out of the truck exits Jim - a calm, humble truck enthusiast who loves to turn heads. Then, as if planned before leaving home, more jaws drop as the spinners keep spinning and the truck lays completely flat on the tarmac, courtesy of the airbag suspension and body drop. The onslaught of fans does not dissipate once the doors are opened, exposing an interior filled with painted and smoothed everything, including a complete Kenwood system worthy of any SPL contest. When does it stop? Well, you see with Jim's '02 F-150, it doesn't stop, and that is why we pulled out the red carpet for his truck.
Looking to create something unique and totally trick, Jim began his truck's transformation with the suspension. In order to make it up and down the steps at prestigious events in style, Jim decided to give the stock F-150 a complete air suspension courtesy of Firestone 2600 airbags up front and Firestone 2500 airbags in the rear. To drop the frontend even lower, custom 1-1/2-inch shortened upper and lower control arms were fabricated, and the lower ball joints were stepped up 2 inches. Out back, the frame was cut and boxed for integrity, while an 8-inch step notch allows the rear axle plenty of clearance, and a DJM Panhard bar gives the rear stability. The entire system is plumbed through 1/2-inch lines using SMC valves, and the air is supplied thanks to a 5-gallon tank.
The F-150 neatly tucked the 16-inch stock wheels, but it lacked the bling-bling associated with black tie affairs. Jim soon added the necessary jewelry to his truck in the form of 22x9.5-inch Rozzi Deep wheels complete with Spinweel 22-inch V spinners. Thanks to P285/30ZR22 Dunlop Sport 9000 tires, Jim's rig has matching shoes for the classy F-150. Low was the only way to describe the work in process, but Jim wanted a truck that was truly laid out. To accommodate his request, the truck was dropped off at Cool Cars, in Louisville, where the plasma cutter was scheduled for a date with the interior of the truck. Making room for the body drop, the firewall was tubbed, the cowl received a 7-inch trim, and the crossmembers were notched to clear the driveshaft. Five and a quarter inches later, the truck's body was on the red carpet in a sport-truck owner's dream fantasy, layin' rockers. Now the 22-inch Rozzis seemed to disappear under the fenders of the F-150, but that was only the beginning.