The New 2004 Ford F350 Redesigned With Fiberglass - Bull's Eye!
What Else Would You Expect From Decades Of American-Style Innovation?
Photography by Collette Blumer, Courtesy of Harold Hannemann, Kevin Blumer
Harold's truck is right on the mark. The low lift height, beefy 38-inch Toyo sneakers, high-quality Fabtech multileaf spring packs, and tunable RaceRunner shocks are enveloped in a tasteful fiberglass cloak that brings it all together in one integrated package. This is a truck-building trend that we're happy to tout. Rest assured that the creativity bulbs at Hannemann Fiberglass will be burning brightly for a long time to come.
If it ain't broke, fix it anyway!Anyone who's ever done much drilling, grinding, or welding on a Super Duty chassis quickly develops a marked disdain for the factory-applied tar that coats the frame. While the tar is no doubt effective at fighting corrosion and is economical for the factory, it's downright nasty stuff to work around. With the help of Castroville, California's Dennis Murfin and Salinas, California's Tom Jones, Harold separated the big F-350 into its essential elements one bolt at a time, until the late-model frame lay bare in the workshop. The aforementioned factory tar (did we mention it was nasty stuff?) was sandblasted off, and the entire frame was then given a black powdercoat that's as long on strength as it is on aesthetics. The cab was given a new coat of bright red, as were the Hannemann fenders, bumper cover, and bed sides. If it looks like an '05 grille up front, that's because it is: a subtle touch of custom class. Reassembling the truck involved several sets of hands, a few months, and a forklift.
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