OK guys, here's the truck you've been asking to see. What you see here, in all her body-dropped glory, is a daily driven, fully functional, homebuilt custom. Oh, and it's not a Chevy. Sam Burgess built this '01 SuperCrew because he loves the way body-dropped crew cabs look, but he wasn't willing to sacrifice the comfort of air conditioning or have to trailer it to the dozens of shows he planned on attending. Here's how he made it happen.
To get the SuperCrew to lay body, Sam hacked off the frame at the firewall and tossed it in the recycle bin. The front clip was heavily reworked with lower control arms that were narrowed by an inch and upper arms that were relocated 1-inch inboard. The remainder of the frame was fabricated using 2x4-inch 1/4-inch-wall rectangular tubing. The new frame, with custom transmission crossmember, allowed for a stock-floor body drop that got the cab four inches lower. The air suspension does the rest, as Slam Specialties RE7 'bags plumbed with 1/2-inch air line and actuated with GC 350 valves work in conjunction with the aforementioned custom control arms and Belltech drop spindles, while the rear uses a custom-fabricated three-link of Sam's design.
There were still a few hurdles to overcome before the truck was able to lay rocker. The 22-inch Eagle Alloy wheels were stuffed into the wheelwells, but were interfering with the master cylinder, so after a trip to the auto parts store, Sam returned with the booster from a '98 Explorer that was compact enough to allow the Toyo tires to invade the engine compartment. The rear of the truck also posed a problem, as the 22-inch wheels were too tall to tuck without some serious modifications. Thanks to a set of Dutchman Motorsports axles the rear axlehousing was narrowed three inches, allowing for the body to lay nice and level on the tarmac.
With the suspension wrapped up, Sam focused his attention on the bodywork. A combination of Lightning and Harley Davidson lights and grille shell set the SuperCrew apart from the pedestrian F-150s on the road, while the rear lights were smoked. Sam smoothed the body and got it ready for Jason Lekvold of Tech Autobody in Mountain Home, Idaho, to lay down several coats of a stock PPG Ford Mustang lime green on both the exterior and interior. The smoothed dash was the perfect canvas for Fabian Zepeda's airbrush work. Several skulls and smoky flames were applied throughout the dash and knee bolster area.
Besides the paint and airbrush work, Sam spruced up his interior with four Harley Davidson edition bucket seats, and an audio system led by a Kenwood 7-inch head unit. A 41/2 cubic foot sub enclosure, filled with two Alpine 10-inch subs, makes up the center console and splits the rear buckets. Mids and highs are assigned to Infinity separates mounted in the factory locations and are powered by an Alpine amp.
After six months of working on the truck at night and on the weekends with his buddies from Severed Ties, the SuperCrew was road worthy. That was in August of '09, and ever since it's been his daily driver. We caught up with Sam and his Blue Oval at the West Coast Nationals in Parker, Arizona, a long way from his home in Meridian, Idaho. The truck made the 1,800-mile road-trip journey just fine, just like it did the year before. As anyone that's been to Parker, Arizona, in August will tell you, if you don't have A/C, you don't have a prayer of surviving, so let that be a testament of what can be done to a daily driver.