If you were to meet Mickey Harris and the crew from Malibu Customz, you'd immediately recognize that they are passionate about what this '09 Ford F-150 represents. Far more than a custom truck with some of the most realistic airbrush work you've ever seen, this truck will make a difference for wounded U.S. military men and women by allowing them to have their families beside them as they go through medical treatment and rehabilitation. Built by Malibu Customz in Knoxville, Tennessee, and airbrushed by Mickey Harris, who spent more than 200 hours covering the truck in murals that represent the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy, the truck is on tour across the country at NASCAR events, car shows, and air shows, which is where we caught up with it long enough for a photo shoot.
Starting with an '09 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Lariat, Malibu Customz wasted no time boosting the output of the 5.4L V-8, literally. Ron Lamothe and Floyd Latham installed a ProCharger centrifugal supercharger along with its sizable charge cooler that's mounted just behind the grille. The ProCharger breathes in through a K&N filter and the exhaust gases flow from the engine via Borla exhaust customized by Hilltop Muffler. With the increased breathing and 9 psi of boost, there's more than enough power on tap to send the Ford into a tire-searing launch. Ron and Floyd dropped the truck using McGaughy's 2/4 drop kit so that the custom-painted 24x10-inch Giovanna Caracas wheels and 295/35R24 Cooper XSTA rubber would fill the wheelwells. Other exterior modifications include a Carriage Works billet grille and a SnugTop tonneau cover installed by Ron and Tom Trent. Several carbon fiber pieces were custom made for the truck by Will Lowe, including front bumper guards, bed rail covers, B-pillar trim and air dam. Under the tonneau you'll find Kicker subs in a Super Crew Sound box installed by Coy Hudnell, who also wired the Kicker amps mounted behind the rear seats.