When you own a shop that’s been on Overhaulin’ and have been a part of many high-dollar hot rod builds, the vehicle you drive on a daily basis takes on a lot more significance. Tracy Tichenor of T&R Auto Body in Hammond, Indiana, likes to drive trucks. He likes fast trucks. And he prefers good-looking trucks on top of that.
Enter Kelderman Manufacturing in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The crew at Kelderman knew just what to build to please a guy who has impeccable taste and sky-high expectations. This ’11 Ford F-350 was built quickly, but with an attention to detail that a hot-rodder can appreciate.
“Tracy Tichenor of T&R Auto Body in Hammond, Indiana, likes to drive trucks. He likes fast trucks. And he prefers good-looking trucks on top of that.”
The truck was boosted up into the air via a Kelderman 8-to-10-inch air-ride suspension lift, and then it was all tied together with an AccuAir e-Level air management package that also has the TouchPad interface. All Tracy has to do is push a button or two and his truck’s ride height can be changed instantly. Dual Viair 450 compressors combine with an air dryer and dual 3-gallon air tanks to make sure there is always plenty of pressure to get the truck up to ride height fast. AMP Research PowerSteps make it easier to get into the big F-350.
You know a guy like Tracy is going to have some bling on the truck, and in this case one of the biggest attractions is the wheels. Named Bling by Diesel Wheels, they are a full 24 inches tall. Filling up a large portion of the wheelwell are 40-inch Irok SS-M16 tires (14.5 inches wide).
The 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine enjoys the addition of a 4-inch exhaust system from MBRP. PML differential covers both spruce up the front and rear axles and help keep the lube cooler.
“Dual Viair 450 compressors combine with an air dryer and dual 3-gallon air tanks to make sure there is always plenty of pressure to get the truck up to ride height fast.”
Pinchweld covers from Deaknbuilt add just a bit of sophistication, and just in case no one notices it, the truck runs a set of train horns from Hornblasters.
There’s no doubt that the clientele at T&R Auto Body appreciates the kind of transportation Tracy has chosen. Everyone loves a big and bold pickup!
Tracy Tichenor could drive...
Tracy Tichenor could drive a hot rod to work at T&R Auto Body, but he chose to trick out a truck instead. Wise choice!
PML differential covers on...
PML differential covers on the front and back axles increase the lube capacity, aid cooling, and simply look cool.
Bling wheels from Diesel Wheels...
Bling wheels from Diesel Wheels really bring the bling. They are appropriately named.
The Kelderman air-ride suspension...
The Kelderman air-ride suspension kit lifted the truck 8 to 10 inches.
Dual tanks hold air for the...
Dual tanks hold air for the suspension. Viair’s 450 pump was used to ensure trouble-free use.
Dual remote-reservoir shocks...
Dual remote-reservoir shocks on the front help control the ride.