After removing the complete suspension and installing factory height front and rear springs, a Reverse Shackle kit was installed up front to help with the ride quality and give it enough height to clear the new tires. For rubber, those 38-inch mudders were replaced with a set of 305/55R20 Nitto Terra Grappler A/TS wrapped in polished 20x12 Fuel Octane wheels. Procomp traction bars and Rancho shocks keep the rear end planted and riding smooth.
After Wide Open closed up shop a few years back, Gibson had to find another place to keep the old truck running perfect and he turned to Dillion Weston and Drake Dearden of Lawless Diesel in Ogden, Utah. In 2016, Gibson was ready to turn up the wick a bit more and really start pushing some power and improving his track times. Lawless Diesel tore in to it and started by upgrading it with hi-rev valve springs, chromoly pushrods and a set of H11 head studs and new head gaskets. The injectors were upgraded to 250cc Hybrids from Full Force Diesel with 200% nozzles. An old school stacked dual high-pressure oil system from BTS was installed along with a full electric fuel system from Driven Diesel that uses a high performance Fuelab pump and regulated fuel return kit. The Bell Turbo wasn’t going to be big enough for the new fuel so High Tech Turbo reworked it and updated it with the latest Borgwarner 69mm SX-E compressor technology, along with some custom machining to the exhaust side so it could be installed on that Hypermax mount kit without trouble. Tuning was revised by Tyrant Diesel and should have this truck making between 550 and 600 horsepower, while maintaining great drivability and fun street manners.
Cosmetically, the truck was just recently updated to all new lights up front with LED bulbs inside. The factory Ford cab lights were replaced with some sleeker Dodge cab lenses as well. You may also notice that front bumper, which came off a brand-new 2017 Super Duty truck. The chrome 2017 bumper was sandblasted and
powdercoated in white to match the truck, and some custom brackets were fabbed to mount it. The factory 2017 high-intensity fog lights were wired right into the factory switch in the cab. Inside the cab you’ll find a simple set of triple gauges on the pillar and an old school CB radio under the dash. The Hifi Shop of Roy, Utah, did all the stereo work. A Kenwood head unit, 1600watt Kenwood amp, dual 10-inch Orion XTR Pro subwoofers and Kenwood door speakers pump out plenty of sound in that little regular cab.
With just 113,000 miles on the odometer, the old truck is still in its prime and turns quite a few heads when it’s out cruising around town. From the paint matched grille and 2017 Ford bumper upgrade to the killer wide wheel stance, this truck just has a look to it we can’t explain. We’re not real sure how you can pull off that clean, classic look of a 20-year-old truck while keeping it fresh with today’s latest style, but Gibson has done it. It’s truly timeless. It runs pretty good too.
To update the old girl a bit, Gibson found a take-off 2017 F-250 chrome bumper that he had powdercoated white to match the rest of the truck. With some custom front brackets, this new-body-style bumper looks like it belongs on that old body style truck.
Gibson runs a Nitto Terra Grappler A/TS in a 305/55R20 size mounted on polished chrome, deep-dish 20x12 Fuel Octane wheels. This combo under the reverse shackle front suspension offers a super aggressive looking stance everyone notices coming down the road.
It’s hard to see it now, but this truck once sat on a 10-inch lift and 38-inch Thornburg tires when Gibson purchased the truck in 2002 from its original owner. While it looked cool back then, it was real practical for a daily driver, and this new stance looks every bit as cool and can get way more power to the ground.
How many trucks do you still see rolling around with a Cobra CB mounted under the dash? While it may not really be used much these days, it takes you back to your younger years when you spent time spent riding around with your buddies in high school, doesn’t it?
In the cab, a set of old school Autometer Pro-comp gauges are mounted on a triple-gauge pillar pod, so Gibson can keep an eye on EGTS, boost and transmission temperatures. You don’t see many trucks running around with gauge pods anymore—and honestly, we kind of miss it.