When you think of a badass offroad vehicle, is the first thing that pops up in your mind a four-door, long bed, F-350 (1-ton) pickup truck? Yeah, me neither. But a couple of good old boys felt as if this old truck had potential must of us failed to see and so they proceeded to get to work. What they ended up with looks like it came straight out of a cartoon!
When the owner, Fred Williams, first got his hands on the truck he wanted to turn it into a project truck so he added a few things like Detroit lockers in the front and rear, 37-inch tires, and 4.10 gears. But he quickly realized that it was going to take a lot more in order to make this truck the offroad beast he was hoping for. This is when he called in a few buddies to help him come up with a plan.
They decided to call it the F-354 and you might be wondering why they went with 354 instead of just the 350. Well there’s a simple explanation for that. They decided to fit the truck with the largest offroad tires they could find and what they ended up with are these 54 inch Mickey Thompson’s, hence the F-354. In order to fit those massive tires, there had to be a significant amount of fabrication done to the truck for clearance. The first thing they did was install a 6-inch Skyjacker lift to try and improve the ground clearance. However, the massive tires still didn’t fit so that’s when they busted out the reciprocating saw and went to work on the fenders.
Under the hood sits the stock 351 cubic inch V8 that originally came with the truck. You can only imagine how underpowered it must be with all that extra tire and the guys do have plans to eventually upgrade the motor and transmission but haven’t done so yet. Apparently switching the gear ratio did help quite a bit when it came to running the F-354 offroad.
To test the full capabilities of the truck in its current form, they decided to take it out to the Johnson Valley in California and run it through its paces. There they would be able to see how it would handle things like desert driving, rock crawling, and hill climbing. Due to the extreme issue of underpowering it struggled to do most things, however, it did much better than expected in the rock crawling sections.
Does that mean this thing has some actual potential? I would have to say yes, especially when they upgrade the drive train. Until then, you can watch this video put up on the Motor Trend YouTube channel showing an in-depth view into the build as well as the Johnson Valley experience. Give us your thoughts on this build and what you think of its potential down below.