OH SO ORANGE
An F-250 that stands out wherever it rolls
David Mueller from Fontana, California, had a vision of a “Built Ford Tough” diesel truck. After purchasing his 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty white Crew Cab, Mueller wanted to make it stand out in a crowd. First off, he delivered it to Redlands Auto Body in Redlands, California, so Tim Brown could give it a new identity. Brown sprayed it with PPG Vibrance Collection “Oh So Orange” paint. One unique thing about the Oh So Orange color is the incredible special effects of the pearl and metal flakes in the clear coat. The sides and tailgate received pinstripe graphics that were drawn by the steady hand of Von Tom Gignac.
Mueller’s Super Duty is powered by a 6.4-liter 32-valve diesel V8. To improve
intake and exhaust flow, a Banks Ram-air “cold air” intake and a 5-inch diameter exhaust system were installed. An Edge Evolution Programmer monitors up to 24 vital engine functions and delivers custom engine tuning, increased horsepower and torque while also increasing fuel mileage.
Andy Stix at Andy Stix Racing (ASR) in Rancho Cucamonga, California, enhanced the factory front suspension. He installed a pair of Fox 2.5 coilover remote-reservoir shocks that were re-valved and re-shimmed. A pair of Rize eliminator straps was installed to prevent the suspension from exceeding the maximum suspension droop. To firm up the steering, Stix installed a Red-head steering box and Rize Suspension forged dropped pitman arm that eliminate any of the factory lateral wandering, while a pair of FOX/ASR steering stabilizers helps eliminate steering rebound and bump steer. Rize full-floating traction bars anchor both the front and rear axle housings. The rear suspension also received Fox 2.0 shocks that were re-valved and shimmed by ASR.
Stopping power comes from a set of Stoptech 13-inch vented front rotors that are squeezed by six-piston calipers. A pair of Stoptech 12-inch vented rotors and fourpiston calipers halt the rear rotating mass. Rolling style comes from a set of Diamond VX 20X10 off-road wheels, encased in Falken 235/60-20 AT10 tires.
For improved night vision, HID Projector/halo headlights were installed with a Mikrouna HID lighting ballast that allows both the high- and low-beam headlights to be illuminated simultaneously. To make sure those staring at this orange wonder would heed a warning blast of sound, a set of Blaster train horns were hidden behind the front passenger inner fender. Opening the doors of the Crew Cab we found that the factory interior was unmolested and bone stock, including the stereo.
Whether Mueller is cruising on the asphalt, or rippin’ it up on some rough terrain, he definitely can be seen quite clearly in his Oh So Orange Ford F-250 Super Duty. UDBG
TOP: A quicker response Red Head steering box and Fox dual steering stabilizers dampen any bump steer. RIGHT: The Fox coilover remote-reservoir shocks support and dampen the front suspension. BELOW: A pair of step bars provides easy access in and out...
Rize Industries full-floating front axle housing struts stabilize the front axle housing.
Under the hood is a Ford Power Stroke 6.4-liter V8 turbo diesel fitted with a Banks Ram-air intake, 5-inch exhaust system, and an Edge Evolution Programmer for added engine tuning, performance and fuel mileage.
Style and traction come from a set of Diamond VX aluminum wheels that are wrapped with Falken Wildpeak A/T 275/60-20 rubber.