Dual Fox 2.0 smooth body shocks and a bucket-captured coil spring are old-school, but were
Anything else? Definitely. There's no shortage of spare parts on this truck, each with its own slick James-built mount. If the starter dies, James has a spare for that. If the alternator lets loose, James has a spare for that, too. The same goes for the steering tie rods and drive shaft. Tools, along with recovery gear, are also close at hand. "I was on a 7s racing team," James informed. "We ran a Toyota in Best in the Desert and I learned a lot from that experience. When it was time to build my Ford, I already knew what spares I should carry and how I wanted to mount them."
With the close-ups snapped, it was time for Slim and the F-250 to face off with the desert. James hit the whoops, slammed The Wall, and powerslid Anderson dry lake. Thanks to a set of newly-fitted Champion beadlocks, the tires stayed firmly mounted and the rubber side stayed down.
Even the best-tuned smooth-body shocks can't match the tune-ability and position-sensitive
It was good to see Original Slim and his truck back in action. Rollover repairs often take multiple months, if not years, to complete. Thanks to savvy building techniques and equally-adept friends, the truck was back in blue in a hurry. Even though repairs can be performed, it's always easier to avoid a crash in the first place. What's the best way to do that? Resist the urge to say, "Just one more."
'73 Ford F-250
James Janssen / Lake Elsinore, California
Ford 400M with Clay Smith cam, roller rockers, UNI air filter, MSD distributor
750 cfm double-pumper carburetor
PWR radiator, PWR transmission cooler
Ford C-6 with fixed output yoke built by Roy's Transmissions
Kingpin I-beams extended and plated, Fox smooth-body shocks, Fox bumpstops, 16 inches of travel
Deaver leaf packs with spring-over mount, Fox 2.5 bypass shocks, Fox bump stops, 16 inches of travel
Currie-built Ford 9-inch with Wilwood disc brakes
35-inch BF Goodrich Baja T/As
American Racing Outlaw II fitted with Champion beadlocks
Mastercraft seats, Crow harnesses, Lowrance GPS, Autometer gauges, dash built by James, headliner, seat covers, and door panels by Yvonne Janssen, Kreger Fab tilting steering column, Kenwood race radio
Mastercraft seats and Crow harnesses cradle and secure driver and co-driver. James's wife
First aid is within close reach, as is a fire extinguisher and the main electrical shutoff
James built this dash, which is home to Autometer gauges and a Kreger Fabrication tilting
A set of Champion beadlocks holds the 35-inch BF Goodrich Baja T/As in place during hard c
"The Wall" in Lucerne Valley is a favorite jump for testing metal and mettle. The short, a
Everything In Its Place
After the main parts of a truck build (suspension, drivetrain, a
......one of the biggest challenges is creating places to store spare parts and tools. Flu
.....also need a home. James created hold-downs, brackets, and mounts for everything he ne
.....There's nothing more annoying than reaching for something only to realize.....
....it bounced off the truck into the desert several miles ago.