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Written by Deanne Deluna | Photos: Dale Martin

2014 Ford Super Duty F-450 Platinum

For Jake’s Custom Diesel, there are no limits to what can be done when customizing a vehicle. Their mission is to drum up wild customs that others think are impossible. One such example is their six-door 2014 Ford Super Duty F-450 Platinum that makes you do a double take to make sure what you’re seeing is right. “Just drop it off, trust our shop and pick up something that surpasses all expectations,” owner of the shop, Jake Mitchell mentions.

Six-door builds are a favorite among Mitchell’s customers, and so when it came down to build his own Ford, he knew he wanted his own six-door Dually for himself. “This build was created from a wrecked, salvage truck and was reconstructed from the ground up,” he explains. “We like to build Fords over anything and have all the Ford technology needed to create what is most desired.” But what made the project more special, was the fact that it became a family affair, with his brother, father and grandfather lending a hand to get it just right.

“In the three months it took to build the truck, many laughs were had, memories made, and inappropriate words said. It was fun to work on the truck with my grandpa because he and I worked on my first build.”

The crew cab was stretched to accommodate one more set of doors and back row of seats to create the six-door Dually, which now sports six captain’s chairs with no headrests to make the inside feel more personable and comfortable. SBC Racks fabricated a one-off light bar rack to mount to the top of the extra large truck, while a 3rd Coast 16” suspension complete with King 3.0x12 Coilover shocks in the front, King 3.0x12 Bypass shocks in the rear and King 2.5x10 steering stabilizer. To complete the lifted stance a set of 42x14.50R17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar tires were mated to 17” KMC XD Series Battalion Dually wheels. For some added power under the hood, EGR and DPF delete kits combined with a 4” Flo~Pro Performance exhaust and H&S Mini Maxx tuner provided Mitchell with extra horsepower.

According to Mitchell, the hardest choice to make on the project was the color. “You just never know how it’s going to look like finished. My wife, Grace, picked the color and I went with her gut. Everyone at the shop loved the color – 3M’s Atlantis Blue, which is why we named it ‘Poseidon’s Wrath.’” Once the color was chosen, the Dually was ready for its exterior mods, which include Fiberwerx front fenders, Cervinis Ram Air hood and Fusion front bumper with Rigid Industries lights.

The interior was chosen to exude luxury and also resemble and upgraded Platinum Ford interior and each door panel was custom molded to fit the 16 6.5” Focal door speakers. The middle and rear seats have a console with cup holders that were designed to match the front center console in the other Ford trucks and house the Kicker Solo-Baric 15” subwoofer. “It was important for us to have the headliner be seamless, so when inside, you would never know the truck wasn’t originally a six-door. All the little details are as important to us as the big ones.”

Although the truck was never built to be a show queen, Mitchell finally decided to take it to the Slamboree Show in Shawnee, Oklahoma after some encouragement from his community. “The general response from the public was very positive!” he says. “We feel like we won the most important award – the Kid’s Choice Award! We have people constantly taking pictures and videos while we’re at stoplights and driving around town. The truck is a great conversation starter.”

The shop has completed numerous builds in the past, but they’ve never taken the time to showcase them until now. As the shop’s favorite build thus far, this truck as set the bar for future projects and Mitchell and his crew are now trying to go above and beyond for their next big build.


GEAR: 2014 Ford Super Duty F-450 Platinum

Wheels/Tires
  • 17x6 KMC XD-Series Battalion Dually wheels
  • 42x14.50R17 Goodyear MT/R with Kevlar tires
Performance
  • Ford 6.7L PowerStroke Diesel
  • EGR delete and DPF delete kits
  • Flo~Pro 4” exhaust
  • H&S Mini Maxx tuner
Suspension
  • 16” 3rd Coast suspension
  • King shocks
  • 3.0x12 King Coilover Shocks (front)
  • 3.0x12 King Bypass Shocks (rear)
  • 2.5x10 King Steering Stabilizer shocks
Exterior
  • Custom 6-door conversion
  • Fiberwerx front fenders
  • Cervinis Ram Air hood
  • Fusion front bumper with Rigid Industries lights
  • Monster Hooks Swivel Hooks on front with MH-5 hook on rear
  • Recon Lights smoked mirror light, third brake lights, cab lights, rear Dually fender lights and taillights
  • 3M Atlantis Blue paint
  • G2 Axle & Gear Brute differential covers
  • SBC Racks custom roof rack with (7) 50” Rigid Industries LED light bars
Interior
  • (6) custom bucket seats with brown gator inserts and shaved headrests
  • One-piece custom-built headliner
  • All 6-door panels were molded with custom speakers enclosures
  • Custom console for the middle and rear seats
Audio/Video
  • (16) 6.5” Focal component speakers
  • (8) Focal tweeters throughout each door
  • (4) Kicker KXM400.2 amplifier for mids and highs
  • (1) Kicker KXM1200.1 for the subwoofer
  • (1) Kicker 15” Solo-Baric subwoofer

Sources
Jake’s Custom Diesel | www.facebook.com/jakescustomdiesel • Upholstery Unlimited and More | www.upholsteryunlimitedok.com • Infini-Tint LLC | www.infini-tint.com • Extreme Auto Options | www.extremeofnorman.com

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