When it comes to building show trucks, it is all about going over the top. Some of the most celebrated show trucks are absolutely useless. The trucks are built to such an extreme, that you would almost have to tear them down and rebuild them just to make them a useable truck again.
Certainly, when companies start to build a truck for the SEMA Show, many opt to go over the top to catch the eyes of potential buyers. With the SEMA Show being the largest industry only automotive aftermarket show for the US, it takes a lot to get someone’s attention. That is why so many of these trucks are built to such an extreme. The beautiful thing about that is, sometimes, a builder is able to put together just the right package, done just right, that can actually achieve almost perfection…that extreme level show truck, and yet stay functional.
When Kelderman Air Suspensions Systems decided to build this 2012 Ford F-250 a couple of years ago, they might have struck gold. Not like the previous show truck we covered that was actually dipped in 24 carat gold (see it here), but gold as in just the right combination of show truck and useful truck.
Sure, it is still a show truck, so everything on the underside is painted and anyone knows the first time you take the truck hardcore wheeling, a lot of that will be scratched. But you can take this truck off road and still use it. You don’t have to remove everything and start over or completely redo anything. This truck, just the way it sits, is like many of the rigs on the road. It is just done with a higher level of detail than most.
Ford Motor Company was so impressed by it, that this truck actually won the Design Excellence award in 2012. That is a pretty impressive award and one that speaks volumes about the quality of build. Not only is it a standout, but it is one of the best standouts and for the price of 65K (check out the eBay listing here), it is actually a pretty reasonable package.
The base truck is a 2012 Ford F-250 Crew Cab Long Bed 4×4. There have been 3,500 miles put on the truck since it was built. The entire suspension was pulled off and a Kelderman 8 to 10” 4 link lift kit was added that is controlled by AccuAir’s e-Leveling system. The Kelderman kit features dual Viair 444 air compressors and dual 3 gallon air tanks. To keep the ride soft and comfortable, a set of custom black Sway-A-Way remote reservoir shocks were added. With this much lift, a large set of 40” Toyo Tires were mounted on 22” TIS black wheels. The front and rear axles feature PML differential covers to help keep the gear oil cool.
The exterior of the truck was painted matte black and has Monster Energy‘s “green” paint and decals throughout. Fab Fours front and rear bumpers were mounted helping to add an aggressive look to the truck. Then some Vision X LED Light Bars were mounted on the front bumper. In the back, a Backbone Industries custom headache rack was mounted along with a Bedslide in the bed.
The interior features custom Katzkin leather seats as well as green accents through.
When it comes to Kelderman’s promo vehicles, there are few better. They spare no expense and truly build the vehicles they want. So, when they say they have over $50,000 in parts in this truck and it took months to build, you can bet they are dead serious as they have one of the nicest fleets of show vehicles around.