FLY­ING THE FLAG

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were Lifted Truck Na­tion­als in Branson, Mo. (Sept. 8-10), XDP Diesel Na­tion­als in English­town, NJ (Sept. 16-17), and Rudy’s Fall Truck Jam at Pied­mont Drag­way in Ju­lian, NC (Oct. 6-7).

O’hara had to go to Lifted Truck Na­tional on his own, as SDP was spon­sor­ing a large sled pull event in Con­necti­cut at the same time, and Amer­i­can Force Wheels had called last-minute ask­ing for the F-450 to be at the Mis­souri event. The event is a re­laxed af­fair on a re­sort golf course, high­lighted by the nightly BBQ get-to­gether at the “cab­ins”—read high-end golf course houses—on the prop­erty.

The Big Idea

At one of th­ese din­ners O’hara was chat­ting with Johnny Ramirez, the owner of Fu­sion Bumpers. Fu­sion had a prime ve­hi­cle lo­ca­tion at SEMA that it was try­ing to fill, and a plan was quickly hatched to build a truck for SEMA. They needed to cre­ate some­thing that would make an im­pres­sion but could also be built in less than the six weeks left be­fore the show.

This al­ready-im­pres­sive F-450 was a per­fect start­ing point, as it was al­ready turn­ing heads and was ready for some key mod­i­fi­ca­tions and up­grades. The stars-and-stripes theme was hatched over this din­ner. It was sure to get at­ten­tion, espe­cially on such a large can­vas as this lifted, four-door, longbed dually truck.

The time frame was go­ing to be the ma­jor ob­sta­cle, how­ever, as this truck, in Race Red trim with Code wheels, was still sched­uled to be at two more shows all the way up to two weeks be­fore SEMA.

Plan­ning

Af­ter ver­i­fy­ing with spon­sors, who have many in­ter­na­tional buy­ers, that the Amer­i­can Flag theme would be okay, O’hara set about mak­ing a plan to up­date this on the crazy-tight sched­ule he had be­fore him. The first step was get­ting new wheels fast-tracked from Amer­i­can Force, as most wheels take 6-8 weeks to build.

 A set of Fu­sion bumpers stuffed with Rigid LEDS looks right at home pro­tect­ing the front and rear.

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