Every blue moon I'll open my email to find a legitimate feature truck looking for a home within the pages of "The World's Leading Truck Publication." Usually the inbox is filled with average trucks that belong more in Reader's Rides than deserving spreads up front. This truck was different. A long time reader of Truckin', Cookeville, Tennessee, firefighter and paramedic Tony Null was finally ready to unveil his '97 F-150 to the world. With wife Becky and kids Zac and Makayla excited for the prospects, I quickly emailed Tony back lining up a photo shoot in Atlanta.
After the 5-hour drive to the capital of Georgia, Tony was greeted by a crazy guy in a rental car on the I-85 interstate. That crazy guy was me and as if fate itself had intervened, we drove in a caravan to the photo location. Unloading the truck from the trailer, I got an up-close and personal experience with his Ford. This is what I found.
A slammed stance was courtesy of Show and Go Customs, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. While there, the F-150 received Belltech drop spindles, Slam Specialties airbags, SMC valves, and a Pete and Jake's triangulated four-link in the rear to bring the Ford down low. Bolted onto each corner are 20x8-inch Ice Metal chrome wheels with Pirelli 255/35R20 tires keeping the traction on the pavement. Keeping the 4.6L V-8 running its best is a cool air intake, Optima battery, and Flowmaster exhaust. Tony's truck was now looking good and running strong, but he needed to do some drastic mods to really make the truck stand out. McCloud's Customs, in Cookeville, had just what needed.
Bobby McCloud listened carefully to Tony's wish list and got to work making sparks fly. McCloud's Customs shaved the emblems, tailgate handle, taillights, antenna, and molded a Sir Michael's roll pan into place. Before applying the paint, Bobby added a Cervinis Cobra R style front bumper, along with a steel Reflexxion Cobra hood with Autoloc front-tilt hinges and tonneau cover from Jasons. One of Tony's favorite mods was then performed as Bobby professionally flushed the LED taillights into the tailgate. With the pieces in place, Bobby filled his paint gun with DuPont Hot Hues royal blue pearl, metallic silver, and black and diligently laid down the colors with a flame graphic and two-tone. Bobby then went to work hiding the taillights in the blue graphics on the tailgate. It's a subtle and clean trick that is always a crowd favorite. Paint also made its way to the custom C-notch cover in the bed. With the paint dried, new one-piece projector headlights were installed, along with upper and lower billet grilles, and side ground effects.
Tony enjoyed the fresh new look for a short while before focusing his efforts on the interior. Controlling the audio is Sony XAV-7W media center that sends the info to two Memphis Audio amps. Those big boys power two 10-inch subs in the center console and the mids and highs in the doors. Also housed in the center console is a Sony Playstation 2, a 5-inch MobileTV screen, and switches for the air ride. Hanging out in the custom headliner is a Sony 12-inch monitor for added entertainment. Finishing off the interior, Tony added APC racing bucket seats, several billet pieces throughout, had the dash painted, and installed an A-pillar pod with gauges. Tony handled the audio while Edd's Auto Trim took care of the upholstery.
Proof that bad things happen to good people, after a semi truck ran off of the road in front of him, a huge tree branch fell onto Tony's bed. Thank goodness for insurance, we're sure that bill wasn't cheap. Tony was quick to thank his wife Becky, kids Zac and Makalya, and his club Show-n-Go Customs for their support.
Tony's favorite addition to the Ford are the cool LED taillights that blend into the paint
Inside the doors, a smoothed and painted dash, billet pieces, and custom center console he
From the head-on view, it's hard to tell if the F-150 is a custom truck or Cobra-style rac