With the paint in place, a new RBP RX-2 mesh grille and RBP mesh side vents were bolted on, Road Armor front and rear bumpers with PIAA foglights installed, and AMP Research powered running boards put in place. Superwinch front and rear winches are ready and able to rescue others or pull itself out of a hole if needed and a built-to-order G&T Truck Products flush tonneau cover protects valuables in the bed. Capping off the 1-ton's good looks, Toyo Mud Terrain tires, sized 40x15.50R22 were mounted around 22x11-inch RBP 91R chrome wheels and provide a hint of the Ford's ruggedness and off-road prowess. Turning those big wheels and tires is the factory twin-turbo 6.4L diesel equipped with an H&S Performance Black Max tuner, and Auto Illusions fabbed up a 4-inch TIG-welded stainless exhaust system with 5-inch tips. New Yukon 4.56 gears keep the tranny happy and do the best they can to help mileage. With the rig looking and running strong, Rich and Tim quickly turned their focus to the interior.
Building SQ cars for years, Rich and Tim are no strangers to installing crystal-clear audio systems with thunderous bass. This truck would prove to be an easy one to build. An Eclipse AVN-726E navigation/iPod/DVD head unit serves as the brain of the system, which consists of four Diamond Audio HEX 700-watt amps for the 10 pairs of Diamond Audio components found in the doors and dash. Four more Diamond Audio HEX 750-watt amps power four Diamond Audio 12-inch D6 subs in a pass-through box cut into the bed. The system pounds so incredibly hard, when driving to a show, the Auto Illusion F-350 can be heard well before the extra-large truck can even be seen. Fine-tuning the system is simple thanks to the Audio Control Three.1 installed right in front of the 10-inch all-in-one Vizualogic drop down mounted in the charcoal suede and leather headliner. Keeping the entertainment going, each front seat also received a 7-inch Vizualogic screen. Speaking of those seats, they're the factory FX4 black leather with white stitching, but Rich did have the A-,B-, and C-pillars wrapped in charcoal suede with charcoal stitching. Auto Illusions teamed with Wicked Stitch to make sure the interior looked its best. Powering all of the audio and electronics, four Optima yellow-top batteries were installed under the hood and inside the bed.
Finishing the truck just hours before the transporter was scheduled to pick up the Ford, Rich and Tim had worked together to create one impressive Super Duty. Wanting to prove to themselves that Auto Illusions truly was a one-stop shop, they were thankful to call the project complete and looked forward to checking out the custom truck world's reaction. Seeing onlookers at SEMA drop their jaws and say 'wow,' when they saw it provided the validation that they had indeed built a show-stopping truck. After Rich told us, "People really like this truck and we're doing more customers' trucks now than we've ever done before, I'm definitely going to build another one," we can't wait to see how great their second one will be.