The truck gets its just-right...
The truck gets its just-right stance from a combination of airbags in the rear and DJM Dream Beams that replace the Ford I-beam front axles. Classic Alcoa 24.5-inch rims, fitted with lethal-looking spikes, give the truck an aggressive look.
A mechanic from Kissimmee, Florida, Jesse Perez has always been into big, luxury vehicles. Lincolns, Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, and more were his cars of choice—because they had plenty of room for friends and family. While the interiors of the cars were spacious and comfortable, the problem was there was never any trunk space, since Jesse is a big fan of both elaborate stereo systems and custom hydraulic setups.
The search for the perfect all-around vehicle eventually moved away from cars, toward finding a luxury truck—one with a four-door crew cab with leather interior and a longbed. His ’01 Ford F-350 was the perfect combination, with a genuinely spacious interior and an unexpected benefit: a bed long enough to accommodate his motorcycles and ATVs.
The monochromatic theme is...
The monochromatic theme is continued inside with black and white leather upholstery trimmed with silver piping. A custom headliner above and diamond-plate mats below continue the innovative approach.
Transitioning from a lowrider-style Caddy to an F-350 dualie was a challenge, and Jesse wondered how long it would take to adapt to what he called his new Land Barge. The adjustments turned out to be minor, and the few compromises were more than offset by the benefits. With “functional” as his watchword, Jesse began personalizing the truck. The bone-stock dualie took on its first level of newfound personality with a set of big rims and tires, a minor lift kit, and a small stereo system.
Before long, however, Jesse began to notice trucks in his area looking a little too much like his, so with “unique” as his newly adopted watchword, he switched directions completely, equipping the big Ford with low-profile tires and bringing its center of gravity close to Mother Earth. The sleek silhouette was accomplished with a set of bags in the rear and DJM Dream Beams up front, teamed up with six Alcoa 24.5-inch Classic rims and Yokohama 35-series rubber. Amazingly, his unique status didn’t last very long, and within a short time, he began to see trucks in the neighborhood following suit with one owner even copying his white and gold color scheme. “That’s when I decided to go in a completely new direction,” Jesse told us.
The artistic side of vehicle design is where Jesse excels, perfected on the series of vehicles he has personalized over the years. He set to work with one goal in mind: to ensure he would continue to drive a one-of-a-kind, eye-catching truck. Not one to waste time, Jesse moved quickly. It took just two days to create the new scheme, and within three days, his talented friends, Steve, Rubio, and Nestor, had laid out the graphics and accomplished the airbrushing—often working until the wee hours of the night to get the job done! The detail work and finishing touches on the House of Kolor Black Diamond and White Pearl paintjob took about a month to complete.