Luke Gibson's original intent for his Ford looked nothing like what you see before you. Looking to build a vehicle that would haul his friends quickly around the desert, Luke's project began with a fullsize '96 Ford F-250. The large cabin space provided ample room needed to transport four large guys around comfortably and still leave room for necessary off-road equipment. As the transformation began, Spirit Design and Development out of El Cajon, California, quickly turned a mild-mannered machine into a get-the-heck-out-of-my-way rocket ship. Spirit widened a set of four-wheel drive Dana 50 Ford twin traction beams by four inches, fabricated a new knuckle and used super strong Pro Truck ball joints as the base for the front suspension. You read that right, this truck still turns power at every wheel. King 3-inch triple-bypass shocks, 3-inch coilovers and 2.5-inch bump stops provide 21 inches of front wheel travel. Every weld, notch, cut, and bend found on Luke's truck is meticulous. This truck has beauty in both form and function.Spirit widened a set of four-wheel drive Dana 50 Ford twin traction beams by four inches, The mid '90s Ford F-series trucks had that big, square, mean look that we miss in the new late-model series. Front to back, this truck was built to pass race specifications and don't be surprised if you see it on the race course one day soon. This truck also doubles as a prerunner and support vehicle for Spirit Racing. Chromoly 4130 tubing was used to make the bumpers, the suspension, and throughout the strengthened chassis. ACRO Hid lamps light up close obstacles and Hella Rallye 4000 HID lamps swing out above the truck, helping shed light on terrain farther out. A truck this capable needs a ton of light to keep everything in sight.The mid '90s Ford F-series trucks had that big, square, mean look that we miss in the new A Howe Performance hydraulic assist was installed to work with the Spirit crossover steering setup. CNC six-piston caliper brakes with 14-inch rotors stop this beast on a dime.A Howe Performance hydraulic assist was installed to work with the Spirit crossover steeri Spirit designed the headers to squeeze their way just past the front shocks and down along the body.Spirit designed the headers to squeeze their way just past the front shocks and down along Trent Alford installed a Borg Warner 4407 transfer case in the truck to work with the Steve Culhane Ford E40D transmission. Here you can see how a good portion of the stock frame was retained and strengthened. It has been completely boxed-in and supported throughout with 4130 chromoly steel.Trent Alford installed a Borg Warner 4407 transfer case in the truck to work with the Stev Luke wanted to keep maintenance quick and easy, so he had the entire chassis powdercoated. No need to wipe down the entire truck every night with WD-40. Those long arms from the four-link suspension achieve 30 inches of wheel travel bump to bump.Luke wanted to keep maintenance quick and easy, so he had the entire chassis powdercoated. If you are looking for a stout rear end, it's tough not to mention the Chrissman 10.25. This is a big-boy rear end that is usually reserved for Trophy Trucks. Considering Luke's truck is just as heavy and almost as fast, a big rear end is needed. The rear is stuffed with 4.30 gears, 40-spline axles and a spool.If you are looking for a stout rear end, it's tough not to mention the Chrissman 10.25. Th Under that headliner is a thick layer of Dynomat and thermal insulation, both keep the truck quiet and warm or cold when needed.Under that headliner is a thick layer of Dynomat and thermal insulation, both keep the tru Spirit built containers for spare parts and tools with easy access on both sides of the spare tires. A Hi-Lift jack also found a home mounted to the chassis under the spares. An aluminum race jack is also hidden between the tires.Spirit built containers for spare parts and tools with easy access on both sides of the sp 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article By Jordan May Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!