My grandpa was an incredible man who was the rock of our family, both in physical stature and in his unyielding faith. I cherish my years with him learning to fish, shoot, and serve others by doing random acts of kindness. That's my story, but this impeccable F-250 wasn't built to honor him, it was erected to honor the memory of Grandpa Joe. His grandson Jason Naron of Tyler, Texas, wanted to make his biggest fan proud by way of a 2011 Ford Super Duty lifted high and featuring custom one-off parts. As Jason tells us, "Grandpa Joe always loved my trucks and enjoyed watching my hard work pay off. I just hope I made him proud." In six short months Jason's truck went from showroom stock to ready for a feature photo shoot. Here's how the transformation went down.
Out back, a four-link with coil springs from Third Coast Suspension replaces the original
Trucks in Texas have to be one of two things: lifted big or slammed low. Jason went sky-high with his Ford courtesy of a B&C Off-Road–installed 14-inch Third Coast Suspension lift. Out back, the Third Coast lift ditches the leaf springs in favor of a four-link with coil springs. Helper 'bags with Viair compressors and tanks keep heavy loads at bay, while Bilstein reservoir shocks help maintain a comfortable ride. Each piece of suspension was powdercoated white or black and equipped with white LED lights by Plain & Simple by Design. With such a big lift in place, Jason had plenty of room for big wheels and tires, and he made the most of that real estate by adding 22x14 American Force Rebel SS wheels and 40-inch Toyo tires. The American Force wheels were custom-painted white and black by Jason Henderson. White MGP caliper covers with "White Noise" imprinted on them help make the wheels pop even more.
Opening the doors of Jason’s Ford reveals a mixture of white and black paint with custom a
The body may look all black, but it does have quite a bit of work done to it, including Fusion front and rear bumpers with Rigid LED lightbars, a trick Rigid black mesh grille with a 30-inch Rigid LED lightbar, and one-off projector HID lights with halos from Plain & Simple by Design. Smoked cab lights, mirror signals, and a stubby antenna round out the body mods. Inside the cab, James Halter of Cruisers Mobile Audio, also in Tyler, built a custom-sub enclosure that houses a Definitive Audio Designs (DAD) 12-inch BD-series sub. Each door panel received custom inserts that are home to a total of 12 JL Audio 6½-inch components. Powering all of the audio mayhem are two JL Audio HD amps mounted to a custom amp rack also built by Cruisers Mobile Audio. A Pioneer head unit controls the system, which can also be controlled by an iPad flush-mounted into the center console. Tony's Upholstery added perforated white inserts to the black leather seats, and in Tony's care, the headliner and visors were wrapped in matching black suede.
When talking with Jason about his big Ford, he was quick to thank Jose Hernandez, Loy Bishop, Pat Carter, and Mike Naron. He also told us, "Good friends and family can take you a long way." Those words are true, and we're positive Grandpa Joe would be proud of Jason's latest truck build.
I wish my grandpa were still here to share this build with. - Jason Naron
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
2011 Ford F-250
Owner and City/State:
Jason Naron • Tyler, Texas
Type: 6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel
Induction: S&B air intake
Exhaust: MBRP 4-inch with 8-inch tip
Fuel System: Air Dog II fuel filter and pump
Engine Management: H&S Mini Maxx
Output: 525 hp and 985 lb-ft
Built by: Power Stroke Enginuities in Houston
Transmission: Six-speed Auto
Rearend: Mag-HyTec diff cover
Front suspension: 14-inch Third Coast Suspension lift, Bilstein shocks
Rear suspension: 14-inch Third Coast Suspension four-link lift with coil springs, helper airbags, and Bilstein shocks
Brakes: MGP white caliper covers
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 22x14 American Force Rebel SS
Tires: 40x15.50R22 Toyo Open Country M/T