May 25, 2022

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Project BluMajik 1995 Ford F-350 Makeover

Continuing our remaining (for now) reviews on cosmetic updates we’re generating our 1995 Ford F-350 (“Task BluMajik”), with specifics on how we rejuvenated the dually’s defeat-up mattress with additions that even further increase the truck’s clean, new overall look.

Back-tracking by way of these article content will provide you up to pace on the topics that have been lined as a result far in the miniseries.

A pickup’s bed is its coronary heart and soul, and it has several works by using. Initial and foremost, the spot is a carryall, but it also can be a workbench, a distribution middle, and even a sleeping quarters (have faith in us on that a person). As “Large White,” our F-350’s cargo region endured a lot of many years of challenging use–not abuse–by carrying major motor vehicle and truck sections, being saturated with various fuels and lubricants, exposure to the components (sure, even snow throughout a vacation to Northern California), etc.

As the transition to BluMajik took put, we initially addressed the mattress by offering it a superior cleansing and Line-X protecting coating, and ready it for the addition of Transfer Flow’s toolbox/70-gallon gas tank, to replace separate gasoline-, and gear-storage items that consumed around 44 inches of space into the bed (calculated from the entrance wall). The combo unit is extra efficient, as it helps us reclaim 22 inches of usable cargo location, and improves auxiliary gas ability by 40 gallons. With the two extra tanks (inventory 20 gallon and a Transfer Flow 40-gallon unit mounted on the driver’s aspect body rail), BlueMajik can now carry adequate diesel to journey a extensive way without needing a gasoline quit.

Preserving cargo is yet another issue, and a bed (“tonneau”) protect is the common go-to accent for accomplishing this variety of stability. Nonetheless, for previous-bodystyle (1992 to 1997) Ford pickups, the tonneau ship has extensive considering the fact that sailed. Like a lot of other neat items that are readily available for late-design rigs, providers no for a longer period make investments in developing or stocking bed handles for OBS F-Sequence. And, with BluMajik owning a toolbox that impedes 22-inches into the bed, “custom made” was the only option.

Thankfully (and make a be aware of this), Extang can make a model of its Trifecta 2. folding tender go over. You have to dig deep into the website website to come across it, and technically it is a super-specific-order accessory. We are truly rather proud of the way the cover turned out, as it was developed “in the blind,” so to converse. By email, we presented an Extang engineer with a schematic diagram (measurements) of the toolbox. He then experienced us get into the truck’s bed and consider several measurements, from which he eventually calculated the dimension for BluMajik’s personalized include.

As you see in the pictures and stroll-all over movie, the tonneau cover’s fitment is location on. Saul “The Surgeon” Gutierrez of Gear Driven Automotive in Northridge, California, had it mounted in only a couple minutes (making certain squareness with the bed is the most time-consuming activity). The deal with suits right up against the toolbox, and also sits flush with the tailgate for a great seal. The only gaffe in the measuring/manufacturing method was not factoring in the pull latches on the front of the box, but this oversight is easily remedied by slightly boosting the higher portion (indeed, the toolbox is up/down adjustable) until finally the latches apparent, and then making a compact spacer to thoroughly clean up the side profile. Actually, the bed sees the lion’s share of use and perform, so we just could possibly depart it alone.

The photo set features a several historical illustrations or photos, as well as shots of all the newness. As you see, our 26-calendar year-previous rig is really coming into a new space with the upgrades. Once more, this whole undertaking was embarked on in reaction to the price tag of newer crew-cab, diesel pickups (particularly duallys). If your spending plan can support having to pay upwards of $80,000 for a manufacturer-new rig, by all implies, purchase it. But, we also hope you will get take note of the adjustments created on our F-350. The previous-truck market is thriving. For a substantially lesser expenditure, you can select up a good 1 and flip it into some thing you can be pretty satisfied with.