When building a custom truck, there are major factors to consider. Are you building a high-dollar trailer queen, a show diva, a show n' go performance truck, or a daily driver? If you're a guy with an average bank account, you want to get the most for your hard earned dollar. A custom truck build is also dictated by how much you plan to drive your truck.
Joe Provenzano, the owner of Audio Innovations in Glendora, California, has been in the custom truck scene for more than 25 years. He is one of the leading audio sound masters in SoCal. Truckin' has done a number of quality, audio tech articles with Joe and over the years, many of the insane feature trucks that you have seen in Truckin' have been blessed with Joe's audio talents. Recently, Joe decided to build an '07 Ford F-150 Crew Cab to represent his audio design and installation shop as a rolling business card. His shop truck accumulates both freeway and boulevard miles daily, rain or shine. He says, "Driving your custom ride on a daily basis is half the fun of building it."
To acquire a lowered, aggressive sport truck stance, Joe delivered his F-150 to Louie Morosan and his crew at The Custom Truck Shop in nearby San Dimas, California. Louie and Install Technician J.T. Turner performed the suspension lowering modifications, which consisted of McGaughy's 2-inch front lowering coil springs that replaced the factory coils and a pair of McGaughy's Suspension de-arched, 4-inch lowering leaf spring packs in the rear. A set of black Raceline CR2 22x9 1/2-inch wheels were wrapped with General Grabber 305/40R22 rubber to give the Lariat both style and grip.
Under the hood, the 5.4L Triton V-8 received an aFe (Advanced Flow Engineering) cold-air intake system and aFe Silver Bullet billet aluminum throttle-body spacer that was sandwiched between the intake manifold and throttle body to increase both air intake volume and flow. The burnt exhaust flow was improved with an aFe Mach Force XP after-cat exhaust system.
The major contributor of any sport truck identity is the paint and body mods. Joe had custom painter icon, Pete Santini, who has been spraying wild color on custom trucks, cars and motorcycles for more than 30 years, paint his truck. Pete's keen eye and painting talents created this mild House of Kolors' two-tone paint scheme. Pete used a House of Kolor Shimrin Black basecoat and House of Kolor Shimrin Trublue Pearl that was mixed with House of Kolor Shimrin Majik Blue Pearl. The black and blue two-tone was divided with House of Kolor Silver and Pewter Gray graphic lines. To finish off the simple paint scheme, Pete had his pinstriping buddy, Dennis Ricklefs use his steady hand while applying the fine line pinstripes to separate the graphics from the two-tone colors. To begin the sport truck styling makeover, a Street Scene vented hood was installed, with a pair of LMC dual Euro-style headlights that flanked the Street Scene Speed Grille with 6 1/2-inch driving lights. Underneath the grille, a Street Scene Generation 2 bumper cover with Speed Grille insert was enhanced with a pair of 6 1/2-inch driving lights and vents. The Lariat's backside was smoothed by installing a Street Scene rear roll pan and a Leer 800 tonneau covers the bed with style and security. The existing tube steps were flipped upside down for a snug fit against the rocker panels and were then painted House of Kolor black.
Opening the doors, the first thing you see are the black with perforated blue insert seats and door panels. Both were covered by Carlos Puente at Audio Innovations. The stock radio and navigation system was maintained, but Joe installed four Polk Audio MM series 6 1/2-inch components in the front and rear doors that are powered by a Polk Audio PA500.4 amplifier. A massive ported subwoofer enclosure was constructed and houses four Polk Audio 12-inch subwoofers. The subs are powered by a Polk Audio PA1200.1 amplifier that produces the subsonic boom.
The simple, but detailed transformation definitely gave Joe's Lariat a true sport truck appearance. This is what we like to see-feature trucks that are built with a wow factor and still driven every day. Just like Joe said, "Why build them if you can't drive them?"
A set of Raceline CR2 black 22x9 1/2-inch wheels are consumed in General Grabber 305/40R22
A pair of LMC LED taillights alerts rear traffic to Joe's stopping and directional tendenc
An aFe Stage 2 intake system and aFe throttle-body spacer directs cool, fresh air into the
A Polk Audio PA500.4 amplifier powers the mids and highs while the other Polk Audio PA1200
Joe constructed a massive ported enclosure to house three Polk Audio 12-inch subwoofers.