ONE CLEAN SEMI-TRUCK-INSPIRED 2014SUPERDUTY
A Clean Semi-inspired 2014 Ford Super Duty
IN THE BEGINNING
It all started with Bryan Lin's enjoyment of designing, rendering and bringing a creation to life. Even though Lin has a degree in biology, he decided to pursue his true passion, building distinct vehicles. He's still at it today with his newest creation, the “Black Rhino.”
This 2014 Ford F-350 XLT dually started out on the drawing board as a miniature semi-truck rendering. Lin wanted a large front air dam and a large grille, and he wanted it to be low to the ground. After creating the look he was after, it was time for him and his crew at The Motorsports Authority (MSA) in Conway, Arkansas, to start searching for a Ford that offered some of the features they were looking for, like a two-wheeldrive and Sterling Gray paint.
As luck would have it, one was located online less than two hours away. After Lin went to the local dealership to pick it up, he found out that it had been sold the day before. Well, that put a kink into things. The local dealer looked for any two-wheel-drive in any color located in the Southeast. The answer came back with a big zero, none available.
At that moment, Lin knew that to pull off this project for the SEMA Show he would now also have to modify the frame of a fourwheel-drive. So, for this six-week SEMA build, he utilized as many two-wheel-drive components as he could, modifying the parts for the four-wheel-drive truck to best represent the rendering that had been created. Most people lift the four-wheel-drive trucks, not lower them like Lin was planning, so that was another hurdle to get over, and another chance for him and his crew to show off how creative they can be.
TEARDOWN AND BUILDUP
After picking up the Super Duty, the crew couldn’t wait to start tearing it down. First to be disassembled was the front suspension. For the front end of this truck, they went with Airbagit.com 2,700-pound air bags and brack- ets to replace the original stock springs. For the truck to sit at the desired resting point without any clearance issues they had to shave down the transfer case crossmember and a few other parts. The original front brackets for the air bags were modified to accommodate the four-wheel-drive application. The front panhard bar and brackets were designed and manufactured in-house by MSA for this unique application.
Next was the rear suspension. For this they also used Airbagit.com parts but went with 3,200-pound air bags and brackets. They also had to reinforce the frame. Air bag brackets, heavy-duty parallel bars and a Watts link, along with a few other components from Airbagit.com, were then modified to work on this new design. They decided not to notch the frame in the rear. That way they could add the aftermarket Bedrug and Bedslide the way
AT THAT MOMENT, LIN KNEW THAT TO PULL OFF THIS PROJECT FOR THE SEMA SHOW HE WOULD NOW ALSO HAVE TO MODIFY THE FRAME OF A FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE.
their respective companies designed them. A 5-gallon, three-port stainless chrome air tank with dual 250/380 air compressors was bolted to the frame. To top it off, they installed an AB9000 controller that reads pressures with five allowable presets that will maintain the truck’s height regardless of the load on it. They added dual steering stabilizers to assist with the steering stability.
OLD SCHOOL HOT ROD MODS
With the suspension and chassis complete, it was time for MSA to start on the body mods. They went with some new technology and some old hot rod tricks. The grille insert is from Rigid Industries and includes a 30-inch E-series light bar. For the front bumper, they went old school and took two front bumpers and welded/molded them into one large bumper to get the large front air dam look. For the rear, they used the stock bumper but cut and modified it to mount a set of Rigid Industries dually D2 lights.
For the front fenders, they added Bushwacker Extend-a-fenders with a set of Recon Lighting F-350 fender badge lights. On the rear fenders they also went old school hot rod style and took two stock dually rear fenders and molded them into one unit for a completely flush rear tire look. The truck bed was otherwise left stock, but Lin installed a Retrax Pro sliding bed cover, a Bedrug, and a BedSlide Pro 1500 system. After he added Lariat running boards, it was time to go back to the
TO GET IT ALL DONE IN SUCH A SHORT TIME, LIN HAD NOT ONLY HIS FRIENDS HELP, BUT ALSO THE SHOP GUYS AT MOTORSPORTS AUTHORITY.
front to finish off the lighting. The headlights were moved to the top and retrofitted with projector HIDS while the bottom was modified for turn signals. XB light strips replaced the parking lights.
As for the cab mods, the rear doors were removed and modified for a suicide-style opening. These doors still have all the factory latches and components like the original doors, and still open and close just like a factory door. For the exterior cab lighting, Lin changed it to smoked LED lighting to match. All the paint and body mods were completed by Motorsports Authority. The paint is a Sterling Gray base coat that was carefully scratched in one direction to make it look like brushed steel and then covered with a matte clearcoat by Matrix Paint Systems.
CLEAN INTERIOR/CUSTOM AUDIO
On to the interior—the carpet was left stock, but the seats were replaced with Custom Roadwire two-tone leather seats with seat heaters. MSA completed the custom upholstery in-house as well. For the sound, Lin went with a Pioneer head unit amplified with a Powerbass five-channel unit rated at 1,920 watts sent to a whole slew of Powerbass speakers throughout. All of these are mounted in custom-built fiberglass speaker pods in all four door panels with a custom subwoofer box mounted behind the rear seats. For rear passenger comfort, he added a headrest DVD/ media center setup.
THE FINISHED RIG
To get it all done in such a short time, Bryan Lin had not only his friends help, but also the shop guys at Motorsports Authority like Justin Carter, Martin Mendez, Patrick Walker and Bruce Castilio. With a crew and group of friends to support you and help you build a SEMA vehicle as special as this creation in such a short time, Lin is extremely lucky. If you ask Lin, he would tell you he probably could have never got it done in time without such an awesome support crew. UDBG
The 6.7L Power Stroke is mostly stock but benefits from a free-flowing intake from AEM as well as a 4-inch stainless steel exhaust from Magnaflow.
The bed is fairly decked out with a Bedrug, Bedslide and a Retrax tonneau cover to keep it all under lock and key.
The lug nut spikes are a perfect touch and add to the Mini-semi theme.
Rolling stock on this “Mini-semi” is a set of 24-inch American Force Dually Impacts wrapped with Nitto Terra Grapplers.
Body modifications are everywhere on this 2014 F-350. The rear dually fenders have actually been sectioned and lengthened to perfectly cover the American Force Wheels.
Extensive work was done reinforcing the rear doors to eliminate any sagging when open, which is common with aftermarket suicide door modifications.
It’s all Rigid up front, starting with the 40566 grille insert and a pair of E-series LED light bars.
The interior features a mass of stereo upgrades from Pioneer and Powerbass as well as multiple monitors for passenger TV viewing. The seats were wrapped in custom two-tone leather for the utmost in road trip comfort.