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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.

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