The story begins with the need for a tow vehicle. My car, a '99 Ford ZX2, evolved into quite the showpiece. With the car pulling show duties, I couldn't very well drive it to the distant shows, especially with a girlfriend, two kids, all of our luggage and everything needed for the show, i.e. cleaning supplies and display pieces. Also, our current family car at the time, a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5, was a nightmare, especially during the winters. So we went down to Westlie Motors and had a 2004 Ford F-150 XLT Supercrew ordered to take the place of our pathetic little Focus. Now of course you know, I couldn't leave well enough alone, as most car enthusiasts can't, and came up with a plan for making my new addition my own. Now don't get me wrong, my main focus is the ZX2, so most of the mods will be to assist in tow duties, while still being stylish.
Currently the engine is in its stock form. This portion of the vehicle is not a high priority on my list, YET! The stock 300hp and 365ft/lbs. of torque is plenty to tow my car around with. Future plans do call for a K&N intake, a set of Gibson headers mated to a Gibson dual exhaust and tuning from a yet to be decided power programmer. Far off plans call for a Vortech supercharger, though it won't happen until my current projects are done.
My wheels are currently stock. Future plans call for a set of 22" billet aluminum wheels. They will be polished not chrome and probably from Budnick, Colorado Customs, or Billet Specialties. I like all of their line of wheels because they are sleek and smooth, not bulky and overdone like most of the hip hop, bling bling influenced wheels out there. Now for those who like these wheels, I mean no disrespect, its just not my style. Some of the wheels I have seen are nice, just most are overdone or too over the top for me.
This is the area that will be the cause of much debate. My F-150 came equipped with four wheel drive. But unlike most, and much to their dismay, I plan to lower my truck. My reasoning is simple. I have always liked the look of lowered trucks and am well aware that they are predominantly 2wd. My reasoning for getting a 4wd is to get around the icy streets of Minot, North Dakota 8 months out of the year. I don't go off- roading and if I ran off the road into the ditch up here, 4wd or no 4wd, you're waiting for a tow truck. Secondly, I like the look of a lowered vehicle. It makes the vehicle look more aggressive. Not only that, I will benefit from the better handling. Now I don't plan on dodging any cones in auto-x or anything, but traveling accross the interstate in areas with lots of curves, i.e. the mountains, you get that uneasy feeling going around the curves at 70 mph. So with a lowered suspension I will have that confidence inspired handling. This is my reasoning behind my plans, so please, don't fill my guestbook with how I'm stupid for doing it and any other nonsense.
The suspension is currently stock. My plan for this is to start off with a lowering kit. I have found some, but being that I have a four wheel drive, I haven't found a kit that is low enough. Chip Foose used an Eibach kit to get a 4/6 drop but the kit isn't listed on their site, likewise for the DJM kit which lowers the truck 3.5/5, though I have seen a picture of an FX4 with the kit on. If i can find them, then one of these kits is what I will be going with. In addition, to assist in towing duties I will be utilizing a helper spring kit with 2500lb air bags. To finish the suspension off I will be installing a set of sway bars. Braking duties will be handled with a set of Powerslot slotted brakes, upgraded brake pads, and stainless steel braided lines.
The exterior will be kept simple. Currently I have installed a Fastback tonneau cover. I also had the front indows tinted to match the back. Future additions will call for a Street Scene grille, wiper cowl, mirrors, tailgate spoiler and roll pan. I hate the look of plastic moldings, so the door handles and bed caps will be smoothed down and painted to match the body.
The interior will definitely have its fair share of amenities, since the purpose of this vehicle is to take long road trips to different car shows and venues. I made a trip to Roadsounds here in Minot and had them install a few things to keep the family occupied while on these long treks. The heart of the system is a Panasonic in-dash dvd player, with flip up 7" monitor. I also have a set of TRC 7" monitors in the headrests. To finish the system off, I have an 8" Kicker sub powered by a Kicker KX150.2 amplifier. For additional entertainment I had them install a Playstation 2. Future plans for the interior call for a dash kit better highs and mids speakers and maybe some painted trim pieces.