Mike Kovchian bought this F-250 on Halloween of 2004 because he was itching for a new project to go full-bore, both inside and out, with swarming skeletons. Mike wanted everything about the truck to stand out, and the easiest way was to get the whole truck above the crowd. Santa Clarita Off Road used Atlas leaf springs to lift the truck 12 inches in the front and 14 inches in the back to make plenty of room for 39.5-inch-tall Interco TSL Boggers, which were mounted onto American Eagle wheels. The increased altitude and tire mass meant that several suspension and steering modifications were necessary. To correct the pinion angle, the spring perches were cut off of the factory front axle, then re-welded to tilt 15 degrees, and a new long-travel front driveshaft was installed to connect to the transfer case. Turning the increased mass of the 39.5-inch tire is a hydraulically-assisted crossover steering system that helps to reduce the steering effort.
Both front and rear axles are filled with 4.88 Yukon gears and are dampened via dual Bilstein 7100 remote reservoir shocks. While the 4.88 gears help the truck move, the 6.0L turbodiesel still got a big boost of power from a Triple Dog tuner and Power Pup downloader from Bully Dog, and a 4-inch Silverline exhaust. So, although Mike's truck appears stock underneath the hood, it has plenty of power to light up the massive rubber. Hannemann fiberglass front fender and flared bedsides give the Super Duty an aggressive look. It allows Mike to take advantage of the increased wheel travel from the springs and steering, without destroying any of the bodywork. Additional modifications to the body include a Keystone fiberglass hood and an '05 Ford grille shell filled with a billet insert. LED headlights and a Road Armor bumper finish up the front.
Moving towards the rear of the truck, you'll notice a shaved gas door and tailgate, and a faceted Road Armor bumper to finish everything off. With the crew at Northwest Auto Body convinced that all of the new panels were perfectly aligned and ready to be sprayed, they gave the truck several coats of Ford Wedgewood Blue, Mercedes-Benz Silver, and a custom-mixed fluorescent green, all from PPG. Then, they let Abel Rocha go wild with his airbrush gun.