When it comes to starting a new truck build, most guys get a rough concept in their heads, and gradually accumulate parts until the build is complete. Minds are changed, ideas are scrapped, and the build is constantly evolving and changing. Although we’ve seen plenty of killer trucks built this way, there’s something to be said about knowing exactly what you want from day one. Ruben Salinas Jr. of Houston wanted only one thing for his latest project -- a Truckin cover. So, after commissioning three different renderings and choosing the best, his pursuit of a cover-worthy truck began.
Knowing that a cover build would have to be unique, Ruben chose to start with a truck we rarely see modified: a standard cab 2010 Ford F-150. The next prerequisite was a slammed stance, so Ruben took his new Ford to the masters of metal fabrication, Ekstensive Metalworks in Houston. There, the cab and bed were removed, and a new 2x4-inch steel frame was built from the firewall back. Up front, Firestone 2600 ’bags are mounted to Ekstensive tubular control arms, while the rear suspension consists of a narrowed axle, Firestone ’bags, and the world-famous Ekstensive two-link. The chassis was plumbed with ½-inch hard lines and valves, and the cab was reinstalled after being modified for a stock-floor body drop. To complete the stance, Ruben ordered a set of staggered 24- and 26-inch Raceline Illusion wheels and Pirelli tires. A set of massive AP Racing brakes from Stillen are clearly visible through the big billet wheels, and bring the Blue Oval to a halt quickly.
Once Ekstensive had worked their magic, and the truck’s body could hit the asphalt at the flip of a switch, it was time to focus on paint and body. First, a distinctive tri-tone paint scheme was designed by the talented Pat Maxwell of Maxwell Auto Design, in Spring, Texas. This vision was carefully executed by Kings of Kolors, in Weslaco, Texas, using PPG Charcoal, White, and eye-popping Orange paint. Sweeping graphics were masked off and drop-shadowed to give a three-dimensional look, and the midsection was filled with vibrant purple brush strokes that seamlessly fade into the bright orange. Metallic airbrushed spikes on each door and foot after foot of precise pinstriping add just the right amount of variety, without taking away from the clean overall appearance. Speaking of clean styling, Ruben opted to keep body modifications minimal, lightly smoking the headlights and taillights and bolting on a T-Rex X-Metal grille and UnderCover tonneau. Finally, Kings of Kolors sprayed the wheel faces in matching charcoal and the AP Racing calipers in orange, bringing total unity to the F-150’s exterior.
At this point, the truck looked absolutely jaw-dropping rolling down the road, but Ruben knew that the less visible details could make or break a truck’s chances at cover placement. Under the hood, the truck’s 4.6L V-8 was dressed up with a custom engine cover created by Heath Moore, at Sinners Garage in Houston. Inside the cab, Heath also created a unique fiberglass center console to house the air suspension pressure gauge and switches. Additional fiberglass work can be seen on the custom door panels, as well as the ported subwoofer enclosure and amp rack behind the seats. The new panels and enclosures provided room for a huge array of audio gear, including an Alpine head unit, two pairs of Focal component speakers, two JL Audio amps, and two 10-inch JL Audio subwoofers. For a luxurious touch, much of the interior was also wrapped in black leather by Arjona’s Upholstery in Pasadena, Texas.
After hearing Ruben’s story at Scrapin the Coast last year, we were happy to fulfill his truck’s purpose and put it on the cover for all our subscribers. After all, it’s clear that an enormous amount of care and attention to detail went into this unique standard-cab, and that’s something we always respect. Ruben would like to thank Julio Garcia, Jesus Trevino, Joe Robles, Manny Acosta, and all the shops and sponsors that helped with the build.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
2010 Ford F-150
Owner and City/State:
Ruben Salinas Jr. • Houston, Texas
Type: 4.6L V-8
Induction: Volant filter
Transmission: 6R80E six-speed automatic
Rearend: 3.55:1 gears
Front suspension: Ekstensive Metalworks tubular control arms, Firestone 2600 ’bags, ½-inch copper hard lines, ½-inch valves
Rear suspension: Ekstensive Metalworks custom 2x4-inch steel frame from firewall back, Ekstensive two-link, Firestone 2600 ’bags, ½-inch copper hard lines, ½-inch valves
Brakes: Custom-painted AP Racing six-piston calipers, two-piece drilled and slotted rotors
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Raceline Illusion 6, 24x9 front and 26x10 rear
Tires: Pirelli P Zero Nero 285/30R24 front, Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico 305/30R26 rear