Most of us have walked by a chick and never thought twice about her. Then later (whether that is a few days or months) we walk past the same girl and just cannot help but drool over her. Our buddies are laughing at us because it is so obvious that our tongues are on the floor. What is the difference? How she looked and how dolled up she was.
The Ford Super Duty has remained relatively the same since 1999. Sure there have been some slight changes, but the truck is pretty darn close to the same. With four million plus Super Duties on the road that all look the same, what does it take for someone to walk into a pole because they were staring at your truck? Weston Shinpoch thinks it is all about the custom paint.
Now don’t get us wrong, Shinpoch has done a fair amount under the hood and throughout the truck. It is the extensive amount of custom graphics that just sets Shinpoch’s 2005 Ford Super Duty off!
Before someone will even walk up to a truck to take a closer look, it must be at least a good 20 footer. Shinpoch added a 4.5 inch Rough Country lift kit. He paired the lift with a set of 20 inch Drop Source wheels, wrapped in 35×12.5R20 Interco SS M16 wheels. To make sure the truck still handled well, Pro Comp’s dual steering stabilizer was installed.
Taking a peep under her skirt, we find that there has been quite a bit of attention to the 6.0 Power Stroke. Now before you go into the “It’s a 6.0, of ‘course it has had quite a bit of work” rant, hear us out. The charger is from Maryland Performance Diesel (MPD) and it is a BorgWarner S400 with a 67mm compressor. The charger is fed by the MPD headers and custom up-pipes, which have no EGR port. The exhaust is then routed through a Flow~Pro 4 inch exhaust and out the 6 inch tip.
Once the turbine wheels get going, the compressor wheels start sucking through the Airaid filter. From there, the air is blown through a Banks Power intercooler and into the custom intake manifold that is fed by a Banks Power High Ram intake elbow.
Air is then directed into the cylinders past the Empire Diesel Stage II cylinder heads that are held down with ARP studs. After the long compression stroke, fuel from the Full Force 175cc injectors is injected into the cylinders at just the right time thanks to the custom SCT tuning done by Gearhead Automotive Performance.
The fuel being fed to the injectors is regulated by a Sinister Diesel regulated return system, which is supplied by a FASS fuel pump. Instead of running the fuel up a draw straw, the fuel is feed to the pump via a Truck Source Diesel (TSD) fuel tank sump.
Behind the engine is a stock stall torque converter which sends power to the stage 2 Twisted Diesel 5R110 transmission. Once Shinpoch shifts the transmission into gear, he keeps an eye on everything thanks to the Auto Meter Phanton II gauges.
Most of the interior panels in the truck were taken off, sanded down and custom graphics added. The interior graphics follow in the same theme as the exterior graphics.
The exterior was hand painted without templates painted by Jaun Carlos from Jakes Custom Diesel. Shinpoch had dropped the truck off to Carlos hoping to have some cool flames and maybe a little custom work done. Carlos isn’t the best for taking specific direction. He likes to work in his own world and is an absolutely brilliant and disturbed individual. So, when Shinpoch dropped the truck off, Carlos’ mind was going crazy because he wanted to create an over the top custom job for his friend. What he produced is probably one of the coolest custom paint jobs we have seen in a long time.
The only down side to the paint is the dark red on black color scheme. It can be hard to see and few can really appreciate the intricacies. One thing Carlos did do which is pretty cool was pay tribute to Shinpoch’s custom how passed away while the truck was being painted.
Many of the key figures in the paint scheme are insanely detailed skull figures doing or holding things. If you really stare at the images and look at the surrounding figures, you will see more and more details. Shinpoch is still discovering little details here and there as he discusses the graphics with people at shows.
Carlos drew a lot of inspiration from the engine of the truck (6.0 Power Stroke) and really worked to integrate as many engine parts as he could throughout the scheme. If you really start looking at the individual illustrations, you will see injectors, pistons, blocks, rods and then even some of the most common wrenches that are used.
Moving past the engine parts, then you start seeing the extreme mechanical world in the background. Extremely detailed gears, clocks, moving parts, pressure tanks, planetary gears, liquid filled gauges, and entire factory scene are all within the custom work.
The background could stand on its own as a work of art. But it isn’t just a standalone piece. It is part of a custom truck that is a real head turner. We would say that this truck is easily a good looker and we are glad that we got up close and personal with it!