It's a simple case of give and take. Compromising is something custom truck owners know too much about, but for Theresa Contreras of San Dimas, California, she wanted a show-quality Raptor that could withstand a weekend-long beating at the dunes. Yes, you read that right. This Baja-ready beast doesn't belong to some 4x4-loving dude, and yes, unless you're in a trophy truck, she'll probably walk the dog on you in the sand, dirt, or mud. Humility is a beautiful thing.

Starting with a new Raptor, Theresa used the resources at her disposal to create an off-road rocket. Thankfully, those resources are rich in experience, skill, and talent. As one of the owners of L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, she's surrounded by more than 30 years of custom truck and custom paint experience. Unlike most projects where the suspension is immediately dismantled, Theresa began with what she knows best, the paint and body. Rather than bolt on ready-made bumpers for the truck, L&G partnered with their sister company, the Custom Truck Shop, to create an entire line of Raptor parts. Up front, the tube bumper gives the frontend a wider look, while accommodating a 30-inch Rigid LED lightbar and a sheetmetal skidplate from R&I Industries. Fabricated side bars can be used to step up into the truck and also provide a protective barrier against rocks and rough debris. Out back, a Street Scene steel roll pan is used to clean up the body lines and capped off with a matching tubular bumper from the Custom Truck Shop. The overall look is custom, functional, and doesn't detract from the factory Ford body lines. Anticipating desert off-road excursions, the bed was equipped with a Custom Truck Shop bed cage with full-size spare tire holder, and bedside mounts for a gas can and Rampage Products toolbox that mimics a traditional five-gallon jerrycan.

Inside L&G's down-draft paint booth, Luis Acosta applied PPG Envirobase Platinum Grey Mica to the body, and Theresa and her sister, Sarah, masked off the graphics and sprayed a Tungsten Metallic fade over the top. Theresa then airbrushed the street and off-road tire tread to showcase the dual purpose of this 4WD monster. A stark contrast to the grey hues, Theresa taped off two accent lines in her trademark Bright Yellow, which instantly brought a sense of motion to the F-150. Subtle touches, such as custom-painted emblems, smoked lights, and door handles lend a truly unique look to the overall aesthetics. A not-so-subtle mod, Theresa airbrushed the Raptor logo on the bedsides, helping to instantly identify the truck (as if there were any confusion).