Creating a racer support vehicle usually means that vehicle is going to see some thrash time due to the constant loading and unloading of tools and gear. Rarely are the trucks designed for such missions adorned in many creature comforts because a dirty pit crew and broken parts will turn anything nice into a short-lived memory. Exceptions to the rule are always out there and this 2011 Ford F-350 dualie is just that exception. Designed by father and son team, Paul and Jason Hulst, the big crew cab was commissioned by Snap-On tools to serve as not only a showpiece, but also a team support vehicle to carry plenty of professional series tools and also provide entertainment during any downtime. A lofty goal to be sure, but the Hulst Customs boys are no strangers to Ford trucks, having built a number of vehicles shown in magazine pages and at SEMA, where we found this one all shined up under the show’s bright lights.
It’s fairly obvious this rig has been lowered a touch from it’s factory height. Closing the gap between the fenders and the tires is a complete suspension system from DJM. The nose of the Ford is three inches closer to the pavement thanks to a pair of sturdy tubular Dream Beams. Out back, the bed of the dualie was lowered five inches by flipping the axle from under to over the heavy-duty leafsprings. A set of nitrogen-charged shocks control the banging and bouncing of road undulations. Fully polished American Force Snap wheels in 24x8¼-inch originally started life as 10-lug, 24½-inch big rig wheels. With proper machining, they now fit a sextuplet of Pirelli Scorpion tires sized 305/50R24. Ford F-350 trucks do not come from the factory with 10-lug hubs, so adapters from American Force alter the 8-lug pattern to fit the much more aggressive-looking 10-bolt pattern wheels. Look closely at the wheels. You will notice the holes were cut into 12-point patterns mimicking a fastening tool. This truck is, after all, a Snap-On truck and details like that are totally befitting.
Plenty of time and effort went into designing aero parts to fit the new ’11 Super Duty giving the Lariat a much sportier skin. Most may not notice but the hood has had its original hoodscoop brought forward towards the customized grille. The stock bumper remains up front, fit with custom tow hooks designed to appear as two giant box wrench heads. An air dam meets filler panels at each side of the bumper that flow into the one-off fender flares. Rocker covers block the ugly view of the frame, and fill the void between the body and the painted running boards. Hulst went so far as to design a set of rear dualie fenders in the factory style, but oversized with flowing lines to accommodate the protruding wheels and tires. Enclosing the bed and providing privacy for the array of Snap-On tools and Sony audio/video gear is a Gaylord’s tonneau cover. What began as a Vermillion Red body coating is now a hot rod–esque two-tone of Bright White and Candy Red from Planet Color. The new color scheme gives the Ford truck Snap-On’s unmistakable signature look.