Finishing Touch

Anyone who has ever built any kind of project vehicle knows there’s a point of no return. Eventually, you have so much money and time wrapped up in the thing, you can’t part with it. On the other hand, since you built it exactly how you wanted it, and everything is paid for, why sell it? Just drive and enjoy.



That’s exactly what Trevor Selinger, of Battle Creek, Michigan, does. Sure, he continues to modify his 2001 Ford F-250 to garner more awards, but he’s also not afraid to drive and enjoy the truck—which, he admits, is “not done yet.” His Ford started out as a 4×4 project for sand dune running along Lake Michigan, but it has grown into a five-year labor of love.


Trevor is a member of the truck club, Sky High Rides, so his rig had to gain some altitude. He opted for an 8-inch BDS Suspension system, complete with twin chrome Bilstein shocks on RCD brackets up front and singles out back.


Under the hood is a mildly warmed 7.3L Power Stroke with an upgraded turbo, exhaust and air intake system. The attention to detail and appearance is second to none.


Speaking of axles, each was powder coated and cleared for appearance and fitted with polished diff covers. At the same time, he always swapped out the stock brakelines to longer, steel-braided units to compensate for the lift and added suspension travel. The lift makes plenty of room for 37-inch Kumho KL-71 tires mounted on huge, 20×10-inch Helo Maxx 8 wheels.


An aFe intake with a red prefilter for added color feeds a Garrett 38R turbo.


Both axles are powder coated with polished aluminum diff covers that cover 3:73 gearing.



One of the reasons Trevor bought the early-model Super Duty was for the 7.3L Power Stroke; among Ford purists, this is the last REAL diesel engine Ford produced. With the powder metal connecting rods, Trevor didn’t get too crazy in the mods department, but just the same, he stepped it up to help turn the larger rubber. Simple stuff included an aFe Stage I intake and Garrett GTP 38R turbo for more air volume. On the exhaust side, a 4-inch, aluminized straight pipe culminates in an 8-inch stack in the bed. Tuning and fuel are provided by a Bully Dog six-position tuner loaded with Beans Diesel Performance tunes.


Twin chrome Bilstein shocks are bolted to RCD dual shock brackets up front.


Traction bars help keep the tires planted. Also visible is part of the truck’s tubular side steps. If you look closely, everything on the truck has been either painted or powder coated, even the frame and driveshaft.


The most obvious upgrades to the truck are visual—in the form of a wild paint job. Prior to paint, Trevor added an ’05 front end conversion and steel cowl induction hood, not to mention a color-matched Line-X spray-in bed liner. Other body add-ons include ’08 side mirrors and an ’08 tailgate and bumper. Body mods include shaved emblems and painted door handles (just to name a few), all accomplished by Jacob Walters at Custom Unit, in Pompeii, Michigan.


Rolling stock on the Super Duty consists of 37-inch 13.5×20 Kumho KL-71 tires wrapped around 20×10 Helo Maxx 8 wheels.


A ’08 Super Duty tailgate and bumper help clean up the rear of the truck, as does a full-length LED and painted handles.


Jacob was also the one who came up with the cool paint scheme and graphics for the truck. The Ford factory red paint is highlighted by DuPont Honda silver in the graphics, which were hand laid and airbrushed. The finishing touches include pinstriping and seven layers of clear coat to protect the rig.


The bed features a color-matched Line-X spray-in bed liner, along with a complete air system and a huge, 8-inch exhaust stack.


The interior of the truck is stylish and functional. Trevor swapped out the seats for ’03 Lariat leather-clad units and added an ’08 F-250 center console. He also added the wiring harness in each door for the late-model turn signal mirrors. Bully Dog gauges keep track of pressures and temps.


A steel cowl induction hood help routes out under-hood heat.


Paint work on the truck, done by Custom Unit’s Jacob Walters, is flawless and features plenty of airbrush work and pinstriping.


On the sound system side, Audio Dynamics, of Battle Creek, Michigan, put in a full Pioneer system with a double-DIN dash unit that feeds Phoenix Gold amplifiers and twin Infinity 10-inch subs under the rear seat.


Trevor upgraded the seating to ’03 Super Duty Lariat leather seats and added an ’08 center console setup. Visible on the floor behind the seat is the Phoenix Gold amplifier for the twin subs under the rear seat.

Because his truck is a work in progress, Trevor continues to add goodies to the big Ford, including an onboard air system for his train horns. Best of all, he’s not afraid to use his truck and has some photos of it blasting the dunes in Michigan, custom paint and all. This rig is also a rolling tribute to the rest of you diesel enthusiasts—whose project trucks are never done.


A double-DIN Pioneer audio/video head unit provides video and tunes.


Bully Dog gauges mounted on the A-pillar keep track of engine vitals.



By Kevin Wilson

Photography: Kevin Wilson



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