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Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Udbg Tech -

t's hard to be­lieve that low­ered trucks were all the rage nearly 20 years ago. It be­gan when Chevro­let in­tro­duced the '88-98 C/K pickup fea­tur­ing up­dated styling from the square body model that pro­ceeded it. It didn't take long for hot rod builder and icon Boyd Cod­ding­ton to get his hands on one, lower it, shave the rear bumper, put in a billet grille and add 16-inch Boyd wheels to the truck. The “Boyd look” pickup styling was all the rage in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and spun off a whole in­dus­try of truck ac­ces­sories for “sport trucks.”

To­day, low­ered trucks are few and far be­tween in com­par­i­son to what was on the street in the ’90s. But there are still a few die-hard street truck en­thu­si­asts who still pre­fer low­ered trucks to lifted trucks. Daniel Mcpher­son of Pon­der, Texas, is one of those en­thu­si­asts. An oil field worker, Mcpher­son has owned a few diesels over the years, in­clud­ing a GMC du­ally and Dodge 2500. Both trucks sported lift kits and both were black. But as a change of pace this time around, he opted for a red, low­erthan-stock 2008 F-350 just to be dif­fer­ent.

The truck sports a mild low­er­ing job, cour­tesy of short coils up front and a set of drop shack­les at the rear with the rear over­load leafs also be­ing re­moved. To com­ple­ment the low­ered stance he chose a set of black Ul­tra wheels with ma­chined high­lights wrapped in 245/75R17 tires on all four cor­ners. When we shot the truck, the 6.4L Power Stroke was stock, but Mcpher­son had a tuner, in­take and ex­haust on his power up­grade wish list.

What makes this truck a real eye-catcher, other than a slightly low­ered stance, is the body-col­ored treat­ment for the bumpers and door han­dles. Some red was also splashed on the side vents. A Cervini’s fiber­glass hood with fresh air in­lets re­places the stocker while a cus­tom mesh grille for im­proved air­flow was fit­ted in the grille shell. Other sub­tle touches in­clude smoked head­lights, par­tially painted side mir­rors and smoked Re­con cab clear­ance lights up top. Re­con tail­lights out back also re­place the bor­ing stock­ers.

On the in­side is where most of the magic is on this truck. The big Ford fea­tures a cus­tom cen­ter con­sole, which is wrapped with red os­trich and black suede ma­te­rial. The con­sole houses a Treo SSX 15-inch sub and Mem­phis 1,000-watt am­pli­fier. The door speak­ers were re­placed with Alpine Type X units for cleaner sound and are pow­ered by a sep­a­rate Treo am­pli­fier mounted un­der the rear seat. A Ken­wood au­dio/ video head unit mounted in the dash pro­vides all the sig­nals.

While the truck is not the most highly mod­i­fied fea­ture ve­hi­cle we’ve ever run by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, it rep­re­sents a dif­fer­ent style of build that com­ple­ments its daily driver role. More im­por­tantly, it was built on a bud­get and with the help of Mcpher­son’s brother and friends, and pro­vides the ba­sis of an on-go­ing project build. We can’t wait to see the next ver­sion. UDBG

Text/pho­tog­ra­phy: Joe Daniels

While the 6.4L Power Stroke was stock at the time we shot these pho­tos, in­take, ex­haust and tuner up­grades were on the owner’s wish list.

Rolling stock on the du­ally con­sists of 245/75R17 tires wrapped around Ul­tra wheels.

A set of smoked Re­con LED cab clear­ance lights re­place the ugly stock­ers.

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