The basic formula for a custom truck is easy to type, but it's very difficult to translate a mental image onto a metal surface. Fix this, modify that, add some color here, flame this out, and so on. Kyle Gann, owner of K-Daddyz Kustomz in Bakersfield, California, is no stranger to having visions of grandeur in his shaved head. The difference between Kyle and the rest of us: his ideas are easily transformed into automotive works of art. Each of us has our own talents, but Kyle's talent flows from a spray gun onto custom cars and trucks. When it came time to trick out an '07 Ford F-150, his thoughts went through the roof and shortly thereafter, so did the truck.
Having built many trucks, rods, and customs in the past, Kyle's inspiration for this project came from the off-road and monster-truck world. Friends with Pat Gerber, owner and driver of the Shocker monster truck, Kyle teamed up with Pat to build a one-of-a-kind F-150. Removing the body from the frame, the crew at Shocker Motorsports in Bakersfield began the tear down and rebuild process.
Powder Coating USA handled all of the 12-inch Bulletproof suspension pieces and made sure
Before adding any new parts to the truck's frame, it was stripped down and painted to match the planned exterior paint scheme. Bolting on a chromed and powdercoated 12-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift kit, the 4WD Ford was soaring high. The front features chromed Fox Racing Shox 2-1/2-inch coilovers with remote reservoirs and custom traction bars and lateral compression bars from Cognito Motorsports. Atlas leaf springs and a 3-inch Performance Accessories body lift completed the height increase. Helping get in and out of the big Blue Oval are power steps with LED lights from AMP Research. The wheels and tires are just as big as the truck with 40-inch Toyo M/T tires mounted onto 22-inch KMC Badlands, complete with Kyle's own billet emblem. Stopping all of that rotating mass is a 14-inch Stainless Steel Brakes big brake kit. Keeping it all street legal are trick quick-release clear mudflaps from Shocker. Making the truck sky-high was fun, but making the truck go fast is one of Shocker's specialties.
While in the shop, the crew at Shocker Motorsports installed a ProCharger supercharger on the 5.4L. Equipped with an air-to-air intercooler, the ProCharger added some serious ponies to the mix, while the addition of a MagnaFlow 3-inch exhaust provided the rumble. Insuring the engine runs at peak performance, an Edge programmer was installed inside the cab. Yukon 4:88 gears were stuffed in both differentials and capped with ORU aluminum diff covers. With the truck running like a blue streak, Shocker delivered the F-150 back to Kyle at K-Daddyz Kustomz for a little splash of color.
Rolled into the paint booth, Kyle and his team, Dave, Mario, and Penga began getting the Ford ready. After ensuring the truck's body was nice and smooth, Kyle applied the DuPont Hot Hues paint. Two sets of monochromatic flames were masked off and applied to literally every panel of the Ford. Kyle's unique old-skool style is evident with the layout and flame pattern on this big rig. Ron Beam stepped in and pinstriped the flame licks, then the truck was covered in clear.
The crew at K-Daddyz finished off the look by adding a Lynx billet grille from Ryno Manufacturing, a SnugTop lid, and billet door handles. Providing rugged looks and off-road functionality, Warn supplied one of its new Trans4mer stainless steel grille guards, complete with Warn Powerguard Dual-Force compressor and winch, and in the rear an 8,000-pound Warn multi-mount hitch was slipped into the receiver. Now the Ford had a serious off-road-yet still very custom-appeal to it and Kyle was ready to make the truck shine inside, as well.
Hardcore Audio was responsible for the Titanium audio/video install. A Pioneer AVIC-D3 DVD head unit sends audio signals to three Titanium amplifiers that in turn power multiple sets of Titanium 6-1/2-inch components housed in painted fiberglass door panels. The boom is supplied from three 12-inch Titanium subs in a pass-through enclosure that was covered in bed coating, and can be seen via a K-Daddyz cutout. Movies are played through a 17-inch Titanium monitor mounted in the headliner and three 17-inch screens under the tonneau cover. Rounding out the audio/video system, Vizualogic headrest monitors with individual DVD players were installed.
Special thanks goes out to Mike and Cheeky for the fiberglass and system work.
Keeping the interior vibrant, Kyle smoothed and painted much of the dash, center console, and door plastics. Other interior accessories include Ryno billet pedals, door locks, and custom trick billet speaker grilles. Deep black leather seat covers from Classic Soft Trim perfectly fit the F-150's seats, while the blue stitching adds a nice attention to detail.
KMC Badlands wheels feature K-Daddyz billet emblems and are wrapped in 40-inch Toyo M/T ti
Those beautiful flames were masterfully laid out by Kyle at K-Daddyz Kustomz in Bakersfiel
Three 12-inch Titanium subwoofers are housed in the pass-through enclosure and look up at