Years ago, when Ryan Carter would hitch a ride to school with a neighbor, something about the rattle of a diesel engine of the truck he rode in did something for him. Now, years later, his personal school bus in middle school is the full-time project truck that he takes pride in building up with his friends from all around.
Carter’s project we speak of is a 2000 Ford F-350 four-wheel-drive that is coated in a beautiful dark toreador red metallic paint. Although Carter mentioned if he could change anything about this whole truck it would be the paint, we can’t ignore the meticulous care that has been applied to this truck as its one of the best looking 19-year-old trucks around.
You may be asking yourself, “How is that a 2000 model F-350 with a newer body style?” One of the first big changes to his truck was converting it to a newer style front end off of a 2003-2007 Ford. It has been said that, besides the late model bodies, these body styles are the most sought-after in the Ford crowd.
Carter, a Texas native, bought this truck for only $16,000 and since then has poured more than that into it. “I’ve probably got around $20,000 into this build,” said Carter. “It has taken five years to get it to this point, but I’m happy with it. The only thing I can say I would change about it would be the paint.”
In the five years of building this truck, Carter has encountered some ups and downs, but only one interesting thing stands out. “We did an axle swap on this truck in the span of two days. In total, we spent about 32 hours working and getting it all installed correctly,” said Carter. “Also, days after the install, we drove the truck all the way from Fort Worth, Texas to Arkansas.”
Other changes that Carter has gone through over the years include a PMF four-link kit, traction bars, drag link, dual steering stabilizers, interior upgrades, as well as some badass American Force wheels wrapped in beefy Nitto tires to fit under its 7.5-inch suspension lift kit.
So, where did all of this start? What got him enthused to modify diesel trucks? “My involvement with social media and going to events is what really brought on the interest in doing something like this,” said Carter. “The big Texas event at Ennis, the NHRDA World Finals, is what really triggered the thought.”
Although it has the 6.0-liter Power Stroke body, it’s actually powered by a 7.3-liter Power Stroke. Carter relies on an aftermarket intake, exhaust, and a Hydra Tuner to keep this 7.3 engine spinning up to its full potential on his way to his favorite events.
While down in Florida, for the Outlaw Diesel Super Series event at the Hardway Performance event at Emerald Coast Dragway, we saw a ton of trucks, but Carter’s F-250 stood out in a sea of other builds. We look forward to seeing what Carter has in store for this build. Stay tuned to Diesel Army for the latest in builds and event coverage in the future.