Article and Photography by:
Bryan Fross

   Once in a while, a truck comes along that has so much paint detail it requires a second or third walk-around to really take in all the details. Daniel Stewart of Whittier, California came up with the marine life paint theme for his 2004 Ford F150 4WD Lariat and spent some time to find the right shops to build it. After a few setbacks, Daniel finally has the truck he dreamt up a few years ago. It is a wild mix of dark and light with plenty of paint, chrome, and powdercoat.

   Bringing Daniels truck up to sky level was a task that was left to the crew at HOT Motorsports. A Bulletproof Suspension kit was utilized along with Eibach coil springs in front and Atlas leaf springs in the rear. HOT Motorsports also installed Fox Coil-over Shocks in the front and Fox bypass shocks in the rear. Many items were sent out for powder coat including the axles, springs, sub-frame, and more. The upper/lower control arms, u-bolts, shocks, and several other small parts were sent out for chrome plating. Once all the parts were received and installed, Daniels truck needed some wheels to get rolling. He got his hands on a set of 22x11-inch RBP 91R wheels and wrapped them in Toyo Open Country MT 40-inch tires.

   To really get his idea in motion, Daniel needed a talented painter and spent some time to search out the right guy for the job. He took the truck to Cory St. Clair who got started on the passenger side and hood of the truck but after some major time on the project, Cory could not get it finished. Daniel then brought the truck to Jason Russel at Airhead Kustoms to get the rest finished. The realistic ocean scenes depicted on Daniel's truck are something to see. The main paint colors used are Marine Blue, Candy Blue, and Black, along with many others to create the art that covers every panel of this F150. When Jason was finished with the truck Daniel needed to add some new parts to the truck to finish the exterior. The grille was replaced by an RBP black RX series upper and lower grille and the rear bumper was removed in favor of a Street Scene roll pan. The truck also received a Leer tonneau cover, Anzo headlights and Recon taillights.

   The interior is also covered in paint to match the exterior but before that could be completed, some major work went into the restyling of the cabin. Starting big, a 15-inch monitor was fiber glassed into the dash then the rest of the dash was smoothed and prepped for paint. A custom console was created out of fiberglass and the door panels were heavily modified as well. The front doors are home to three sets of Polk Audio components and the rear doors each have two sets as well as a 15-inch monitor in each door for an over-the-top start to his audio/video system.  The custom console that flows into the back seat includes four 12-inch Polk Audio Momo series subwoofers. The power comes from two C400.4 Polk Momo amplifiers, two C500.1 mono block Polk Momo Amplifiers, and three Kinetik batteries.  The stereo installed was completed by Danny at DH Designz. The seats were all covered in Katkin leather after the rear portion was cut down into buckets to allow the console to fit. To top it off, the interior received a host of minor additions including billet switches, billet door locks, billet shifter, US Speedo Aquamarine gauges, and Vision-X l.e.d. lighting.

   Getting the Ford rolling was the final step. The truck was given a boost by and Edge programmer, Magnaflow Exhaust, 4.88 Genuine Gears, and a K&N Intake. After the power upgrade, the focus became stopping Daniel's truck after it got going. Daniel used a set of SSBC brakes to slow his truck down when necessary.

   Daniel would like to thank RBP, Toyo Tires, Bulletproof Suspension, Fox Shocks, Atlas Springs, Eibach Springs, HOT Mottorsports, NCD Customs, La Habra Plating, Katzkin, Polk Audio, US Speedo, Magnaflow, K&N Filters, Edge Products, Recon Lighting, Kinetik Audio, Tsunami, Vision-X Lighting, Leer, BedRug, Amp Research, Street Scene, SSBC Brakes, DH Designz, and Airhead Kustoms.