It is a theory that guys with big, lifted trucks build them to turn heads. That theory may or may not be true depending on who you ask, but when we asked why Billy Walker of Forney, Texas, built one of the biggest F-250s we had ever seen, the answer didn't surprise us. We have seen the attention these trucks bring the owners, specifically from the female gender. So why not build a truck that stands 69 inches above factory height? After building several other big trucks, a 650hp Viper, and a bunch of bikes, Billy wanted something that towered over them all. So In May 0f 2011, he bought a brand-new Ford F-250 Super Duty and immediately dropped it off at Status in Rockwall, Texas, for the transformation.
With just 400 miles on it, Billy handed the keys over to the talented team at Status. The only direction that Billy gave was that he wanted a big, attention-grabbing truck. Spot Thomas and his crew began by removing the bed from the frame. They then filled and smoothed the entire frame and boxed it in from the cab back. With a clean slate to work on, they began building the 42-inch lift kit consisting of a four-link up front with a track bar, and a wishbone two-link out back. Th help the Super Duty ride quality, King Shocks were called on and four bypass coilovers shocks were ordered for the Super Duty. A.J., from Drive Train of Mesquite handled the customs driveshaft for the beast.
Moving inside, the guys at Status again wanted a clean slate. After completely removing he interior, the factory seats were cu t down and the headrests removed. All of the seats were then covered in black, diamond, and double-stitched leather. In the backs of the front seats, two 10-inch LCD screens were installed. Along with these, the sun visors were removed and two more screens were installed in the headliner. For Billy's kids, an iPad was molded into the back of the center console. A total of seven components were installed in the door panels for the highs. To offer earth-shattering bass without subwoofers taking p room in the truck, a fiberglass sub box was built behind the rear seats into the bed. This can be seen from under the truck, looking up at the bottom of the bed. Powering all of the speakers are three Kicker amps that Status built into the headliner and accented with blue LED lighting.
Status built motorized brackets for these auxiliary lights, which swing down under the fro
In order to see the custom sub box from outside, Status built a plexiglass bottom into the
Looking up into the truck reveals the three amps installed in the headliner. The LED acce
The truck was completed for the 2011 SEMA show but was all black at that point. After SEMA, 360 Wraps in Dallas did a custom wrap with skulls and a tribal flair over the rear portion of the truck. Up front, the bumper and grille sh ell were painted black to match the body. To protect the bed, a paint-matched SnugTop tonneau cover was installed. You may be asking yourself how someone gets into such a large truck; the guys at Status built an ingenious solution. A steel step motorizes down via s witch ont he side of the seat and offers a boost into the truck. Texas state law requires a vehicles headlights to be between 24-54 inches off the ground. Status came up with an answer for this predicament. two lights are hidden behind the front bumper and rotate down with the flip of the switch in the cab, making the truck street legal. Another truck feature is four wide angle cameras on the front, rear, and sides that transmit their signal to the review mirror so Billy knows exactly what is around the F-250 at all times. Billy fills up regularly, which is made easier by relocating the gas filler to the wheelwell.
Now that Billy owns one of teh biggest Super Duty in Texas, all he has to do is drive it; and he does, every day. his kids love the iPad in the center console and hel oves the attention the truck brings. He wanted to shout out to all his buddies that helped along the way and status for building the colossal truck.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model: 2011 Ford F-250
Owner and City/State: Billy Walker of Corney, Texas
Type: 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel
Heads: Reverse flow aluminum
Induction: aFe CAI
Exhaust: Spartan 4-inch-straight race pipe
Engine Management: Spartan Warhammer
Built by: Status
Transmission: 6RL40 six-speed automatic
Front suspension: Parallel four-link with track bar
Rear suspension: Two-link with wishbone
Wheels & Tires:
Tires: Interco Super Swampers TSL/BOggers 19.5/54-20LT