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Fabtech has built dozens of project vehicles over the years. Typically, project vehicles start out as a utilitarian platform in our R&D department that are used to design and fabricate a new suspension system. After the suspension design is complete, the vehicle then begins its new life as a custom project vehicle build.

Project vehicle modifications can vary, from receiving just a wild graphic paint job to a full blown redesign of the frame, sheet metal, interior and motor. The most extensive builds have been performed in conjunction with Ford Motor Company. Fabtech has received a number of awards for these extreme project vehicles, acknowledging the fine craftsmanship and execution of the build that our in house fabricators have accomplished.

Project: Power Storm

Coming up with unique build concepts for Ford Motor Company yearly can be a difficult task when every year you raise the bar higher and higher. This year’s creative design for Fabtech’s Ford project truck was a combination of a Pro Stock drag car and an offroad machine.

Using the big back tire concept from a Pro Stock drag car we proposed fitting four 40 inch diameter tires under the stock styleside bed. We’re not talking about a wide factory dually bed but one that was only intended for a single rear tire application.

Based on this concept, our R&D fabricators went to work cutting the frame, narrowing it 18 inches, while grafting in sheet metal drag tubs into the bed, making room for five feet of rubber across the back. A Dana 110 rear axle was procured and narrowed 28 inches. A custom 3 Link suspension, supported by dual Dirt Logic 4.0 Coilovers, finished the rear.

The front suspension received our off the shelf 10 inch 4 Link Dirt Logic Coilover system. The six 40 inch Toyo tires were wrapped around custom semi wheels with Fabtech’s own adapters and lug nuts.

Completing the exterior were the functional stainless steel exhaust stacks routed through the bed, while the theme of the Power Storm name spilled over to an airbrushed electrical energy pattern paint job.

The build up’s massive amount of under vehicle fabrication can be viewed below. Once completed, Power Storm received Ford’s prestigious Design Award for 2008 and lived up to its name by laying down the power in the video below. Power Storm is a testament to the Fabtech team’s ability to build the world’s most custom trucks and finest suspension systems.

Project Parts List

10" Front 4 Link System - Fabtech
10" Rear 3 Link System - Fabtech
F & R Dirt Logic 4.0 Coilovers - Fabtech
Front Hydraulic Bump Stops - Fabtech
Dirt Logic Steering Stabilizer - Fabtech
Torsion Sway Bar - Fabtech
Front Diff Cover - Mag Hytec
Dana 110 Rear Differential - Dana / Ford
Rear Axle Shafts - Foote
Dana 60 Front 5.38 Ring and Pinion - Powertrain
Tires - Toyo
Wheels - American Force
Lug Nuts and Cap - Fabtech
Fuel Tank - Fabtech
Exhaust - Fabtech
Electric Side Steps - AMP
Spray in Bedliner - Rhino
Billet Grill - Precision
Graphic Design - Lathrop Designs
Paint - House of Kolor
Paint Artist - Haynie Designs
Audio / Video system - Clarion
A/V Installation - Fabtech
Upholstery - All American
Iluminated Door Sill Plates - Recon
Billet Air Extractors - Fabtech

Project: Summit Force

In coordination with Ford Motor Company this project vehicle's concept build was conceived with two primary missions.

The first and foremost was to design and build multiple suspension systems, shocks and accessories for the 2008 Super Duty platform that would eventually be produced for consumers. The second part, which was unique to this build, revolved around this project vehicle's "crusher truck" status.

A "crusher truck" is a vehicle that must be given back to an auto manufacturer for them to dispose of, or crush after a build up. Typically this is due to the fact that the vehicle may be constructed of preproduction parts, not have passed all safety tests and/or does not fall within certain quality control criteria of the manufacturer. Regardless of the reason, this project truck, named "Summit Force", would only have a lifespan of 18 months. A very short time for Fabtech to share it with the world.

After the creative minds at Fabtech stomached that this year's Ford project truck would end up as a crusher they embraced the project with two build objectives. They proposed to keep the build cost as low as possible but give the vehicle something unique and fresh only possible on a vehicle with a short lifespan. This is where the concept of removing the paint and grinding the entire body was conceived. The vehicle would not be around long enough to rust after the sheetmetal was stripped and ground.

In the end, this concept did cost more than expected due to the investment of over 120 plus man hours of distressing the sheetmetal with sanders plus covering the whole truck in 18 coats of clear and candy. This is the most unique and stunning body treatment ever created on a truck and had to be seen in person to really appreciate the beauty.

The following build images and video depict just a small portion of the craftsmanship that went into this one of a kind truck that will never be seen again. RIP Summit Force.

Project Parts List

10" 4 Link System - Fabtech
Dirt Logic 4.0 Coilovers - Fabtech
Dirt Logic 2.25 Resi Shocks - Fabtech
Front Hydraulic Bump Stops - Fabtech
Dirt Logic Dual Steering Stabilizers - Fabtech
Traction Bars - Fabtech
Bed Cover - Fabtech
Bumper Light Bar - Fabtech
Auxillary Light - PIAA USA
Flat Spare Tire Mount - Fabtech
Tires 37/1550R17 Mud Terrain - Toyo
Wheels - American Racing
Aluminum Diff Covers - ORU
Bead Rings - Fabtech
Exhaust - Jardine
Electric Side Steps - AMP
Spray in Bedliner - Rhino
Billet Grill - Precision
Graphic Design - Fabtech
Paint - House of Kolor
Paint Artist - Haynie Designs
Sheet Metal Sanding Technique - Fabtech

Project: Trail Duty

The plan was to build a big lifted truck with big tires, but to design it in such a way as to make sure it was usable. This is no pretty show truck that doesn't function in the real world; this thing can be driven on the street, jumped in the dirt, and (in general) treated badly. This thinking set the truck apart from the usual high-profile show-truck buildup.

The one feature that surely turns heads wherever this truck goes is the rear steer. We had a custom-built rearend made to accomplish this difficult task. It used a combination of OE parts to achieve the goal. Dana Super 60 steering knuckles and end forgings (from an F-550 front axle) were combined with a Dana 80 rear axle center section by Dynatrac in Huntington Beach, California. It's all held together with a three-link suspension system using our Dirt Logic 4.0 coilovers. Precision Gear supplied the 5.38 ring and pinion, for both front and rear, and everything can be locked with the ARB Air Lockers in both ends.

There's a Super Dana 60 front axle, Dirt Logic 4.0 coilovers and a custom four-link suspension that provides 16 inches of travel (same travel as the rear). Howe provided its hydraulic-assisted ram steering for the front and the fully hydraulic dual-ram steering for the rear.

Boyd Coddington supplied the 20x10-inch forged wheels with beadlocks, which were wrapped in Michelin 15.5/80R20 XL tires. Hanneman supplied its fiberglass fenders, bed sides, and hood while custom aluminum inner fenderwells were fabricated in-house for a cleaner presentation. Gale Banks Engineering unloaded a truckload of product and virtually everything ended up being used.

Joe's Upholstery did the custom upholstery and used Gemico's interior dash and trim. Al & Ed's installed the audio and visual aids, while Vivo handled the MTX audio system. The lasting impression this truck leaves on people is certainly aided by the bold graphic design, from Jerry Lathrop Design, as well as from paint artist Craig Haynie, who used House of Kolor paints.

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