It’s a Wrap

End­ing the Game in Style

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY PHIL GOR­DON PHOTOGRAPHY: PHIL GOR­DON

This ’12 Ford F-450 is end­ing the game in style

Most peo­ple can pin­point the ex­act mo­ment when they be­came truck en­thu­si­asts. For Philip Hall of League City, Texas, it was at the ripe old age of 13. Grow­ing up in a small Texas town, he had a neigh­bor who was into dirt track race cars. Philip quickly grav­i­tated to­ward the cus­tom rac­ers, but as most peo­ple were ad­mir­ing the race cars, a young, im­pres­sion­able Philip was ad­mir­ing the large trucks trai­ler­ing these cars. “Most of the trucks were big, lifted Fords,” he tells Truckin. “I just loved the style and de­sign of these mon­sters.”

At 15, the le­gal driv­ing age, Philip pur­chased his first truck, an

’81 Chevy step­side, which he trea­sured all through high school. Through­out the years, the trucks he owned kept get­ting larger and more ex­pen­sive. In 2011, he pur­chased a Dodge Mega Cab he never re­ally grew into. His wife agreed to let him trade it in if he re­placed it with a Ford in­stead. He and his wife, Car­rie, went to the lo­cal Ford deal­er­ship and picked out a brand-new ’12 Ford F-450 Su­per Duty King Ranch edi­tion and brought it home.

Once he had the new truck in his posses­sion, Philip de­cided to start mak­ing it unique. Even though the brand-new model was classy and stylish enough, Philip knew he wanted to turn it into some­thing spe­cial. He con­tacted Kevin Rus­sell, owner of B&C Of­froad & 3rd Coast Sus­pen­sion in Pasadena, Texas, for some in­put. Orig­i­nally, Philip added a small lift, but it wasn’t high enough. The lift was re­placed with a larger sus­pen­sion and still didn’t sat­isfy him. It took a to­tal of four dif­fer­ent lifts be­fore he fi­nally set­tled on an air sus­pen­sion that would al­low him to have mul­ti­ple heights at any time he wanted.

The next step was al­ter­ing the body with small, cre­ative touches. Mag­no­lia Paint & Body was first to han­dle the Ford by paint­ing the grille, em­blems, rear bumper, and all the in­te­rior pieces. Once that was com­pleted, Clear Lake Paint & Body was next on the ros­ter to coat the axles, drive­shaft, and front bumper. Philip con­tacted John Vo at Pix­el­w­erks to dis­cuss wrap­ping op­tions for his new lifted Ford. Philip’s wife, Car­rie, came up with the rough draft for the de­sign, and the Ford was driven to Pix­el­w­erks in Hous­ton, Texas, where the com­plete truck was coated in a 3M wrap de­sign. After the truck was de­liv­ered, it was time to find the per­fect wheels for the F-450, and Philip chose Fuel Mav­er­icks, be­cause they didn’t need adapters to fit.

This Ford F-450 was num­ber 15 on the list of trucks owned by Philip and quite sim­ply the big­gest and best he’s ever pur­chased. What started as a 13-year-old boy watch­ing trucks roll by in the neigh­bor­hood has trans­formed into the adult with the big­gest truck in his neigh­bor­hood. He wants to give a spe­cial thanks to his wife, Car­rie, and their two chil­dren, Ara­lynne and Jerami, for un­der­stand­ing the ded­i­ca­tion and time it took to get this build per­fect. Along with his fa­ther, Philip owns a large equip­ment com­pany in Texas, and in his line of busi­ness he has to be metic­u­lous and pre­cise—just like he has with It’s a Wrap.

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