What could be better than heading to the lake with your truck and boat on a hot Arizona afternoon? It would have to be driving out to the water with friends and family in a fully-customized tow rig and one bad boat in tow! Mark Bruncie of Peoria, Arizona, set out to build his '02 Ford F-350 and Magic 28 Deckboat, for fun, in elevating proportions. From muscle cars to 4x4s, this next project took Mark's build to the next level.
With the truck given the name of Elev8ed, its height had to match, so adding a sky-high 15-inch lift seemed to do the trick. The front suspension uses leaf springs by Valley Spring and nitrogen charged Fox Racing Shox shocks, which offer a broad range of adjustability. The leaf suspension makes way for the 18-inch polished aluminum Mickey Thompsons, which are wrapped in 39-inch Interco TrXus STS all-terrain tires. Under the hood is a 7.3L diesel engine, but it wouldn't be complete without adding performance modifications. Mods include an Edge Performance Programmer to improve towing capability and an Airaid Intake to create more horsepower and torque gains from improved air flow. The list of upgrades continues with a Bad Boy Performance transmission and B&B exhaust to achieve the truck's performance and power needs. The ultra-deep 4:88 gearing makes a light workout of towing the Magic.
With more than 137 skulls covering the lower half of the F-350, Danny Livingston out of Phoenix, spent more than 300 man hours to hand airbrush each unique skull. Inspired by the scene in T2 Rise of the Machines, there are a bunch of skulls and bones under the water that set the tone and concept for the truck. Since the movie, Mark has adopted the skulls theme to just about everything: bikes, sand cars, and even his body. The House of Kolor custom paint with graphics and flames, once combined with a fade design, made the perfect canvas for the distinctive skulls. Kodiak 12-inch drop steps were added to all four doors to make it easier to get in and out of the lifted vehicle. The steering linkages are all octagon tubing and were powdercoated purple with the rear control bars made by Valley Spring. To add to the visual flow of the truck, a simple billet grille with clean lines was selected and painted white to match the overall base paint color.
No truck is really fully customized until it gets an audio makeover. Starting with replacing the factory head unit, Soundwerks in Phoenix installed a Clarion single-din source unit with a flip-out screen, along with two Alpine amplifiers for the MB Quart high and mid speakers. The four 10-inch Kicker subwoofers, which are in a custom enclosure behind the back seat, are powered by a Rockford Fosgate 1,000-watt amplifier. Car Toyz in Paradise Valley, Arizona, initially set-up the truck's wiring for the audio system, then added video for the passengers in the tow vehicle. The dash was customized to house the in-dash monitor, while causing the A/C controls to be relocated. Three Alpine monitors and a DVD player were installed for the ultimate entertainment, along with a back-up camera and navigation for the driver. The build of Mark's tow-rig project took more than six months to complete.
At the lake, the matching graphics and flame theme of the 28-foot Magic Deckboat and F-350 stand out. The finished project was a color mistake; not intentionally using purple, but after spending time with Brett Durante and the staff at Magic, the creative process started to really take shape with the boat design. It formed into a fading design of purple and blue with a transitioning color choice of orange to yellow. The gel coat had a variation of many colors to create the distinctive color fading, and Magic really pulled it off, which made Mark very happy.
With space to hold as many as 12 passengers, the open bow Deckboat provides plenty of room for bow-rider seating. Stainless-steel handrails were mounted around the open lounge area, for both form and function. The large storage compartments are located below the long benches. To complete the passenger necessities, the boat was outfitted with stainless-steel cupholders recessed into the gunwale. The interior is all custom-made by Magic. It uses the highest grade of materials, 40oz. vinyl and carpet, to endure the harsh elements from sun, water, and salt exposure, and handle heavy traffic. The traditional white interior, with the embroidered name, "Magic," at the top of the high back seats, adds an extra touch of class. The seating up in the bow was given a hint of orange and blueish-purple color to coordinate with the exterior design.
At the helm, Livorsi gauges with carbon-fiber faces have been installed to provide the ultimate monitoring of fluids and temperatures of electrical and mechanical components of the boat. The billet shifters, throttle, and the custom Magic steering wheel complete the overall aesthetics at the front seat's command center. The front seats have been given a custom gel-coated seat shell to match the exterior graphics. Off to the co-pilot's side sits a bucket seat and a Sony Drive SHX head unit with a Ron's Billet cover to protect the unit from the elements, which is situated right above the billet glovebox. The wired Marine remotes, which operate basic functions of the stereo, are located at the driver seat; one in the front, and one in the rear, for control effectively throughout the boat.
In the in-sole locker in front of the passenger side, houses one JL Audio 1000/1 amplifier to power the JL Audio subwoofer in a small carpeted enclosure with 1,000 watts of power to supply the sub and enough power and punch to create the bass. Two additional JL Audio 300/4 amplifiers are located in the same location as the amplifier for the sub and subwoofer itself, to power the additional speakers providing sounds throughout the entire boat. The audio system has MB Quart component speakers in the front and rear to make the entire system rock.
This unique Magic cat-bottom Deckboat, upgraded to a 1,000-hp Flat Top Marine engine, has an approximate top speed of 104 mph, while running at a maximum 5,800 rpm. Under the electronic lift engine hatch houses two billet battery covers. Additionally equipped with upgrades, the custom Flat Top Marine XR drive, with a 1.50 lower gear ratio, spins a Mercury Maximus 32-inch pitch five-blade stainless steel propeller. Upgraded with a Merlin III block, the engine is topped with a 14-71 supercharger by The Blower Shop, which creates 12 psi of boost on 110-octane fuel. The engine also features a Lunati Crank, Pro Mod rods, Dart heads, a Comp Cam valve train, twin 800 Demon carburetors, a Milidon oil pan, and a Master Lube accumulator. This boat screams performance.
The boat was given the name, "Favorite," and rides on a triple-axle trailer with six 16-inch polished aluminum wheels. This ultimate tow rig and boat package has turned out to be no mistake, but pure enjoyment.