Words: KRISTIE REAL
Photos: DALE MARTIN | @DMARTY78
Not every SEMA-level truck needs an over-the-top-themed storyline to capture the attention of a wide audience. In fact, some trucks destined to debut under the bright lights of Vegas don’t even start as extensive project vehicles. When we met Brandon Wingard and saw his larger-than-life 2018 Ford F350 Platinum edition pickup, he was more than excited to break down the story of the truck’s very modest beginning and its rise to the top. “When I bought this truck, brand new, in 2018, I had no intentions of building into what it is today”, Brandon admits. “Then, an idea came from nowhere to build the truck using nothing but aftermarket products that were built solely in the USA. When I purchased the truck, I felt that Ford was the last truly American automotive company utilizing union labor. This was enough to fuel my idea for the build.”
With that spark of patriotic inspiration, Brandon began researching the modifications he wanted to see done to his F350 and then narrowed down his search to American-made products. “This proved very difficult as many companies have outsourced materials, assembly, production, etc.,” Brandon says. “I wanted to prove that quality parts can be sourced here in the USA, as well as bring attention to the ‘little guy’ shops who are proud to put that label on their products and fly the colors of this country.” To kick off the build, Brandon sought the
help of Stryker Off Road Design located in Marysville, TN, to begin the talks of running their impressive Identity Series 16”-22” lift kit. There are absolutely no shortcuts taken with this package that includes front and rear 4-link systems, as well as bulletproof, fully powder-coated suspension components that would soonturn Brandon’s factory F350 into a literal tank of a truck. Fully customizable SORD hydraulic coilovers were also thrown into the mix for an even more impressive ride quality. To equal out the huge gain in stature, 28×16 TIS Forged wheels and 44×19.50R28 Interco TSL Bogger Super Swamper tires were mated to complete the Ford’s intimidating new stance. Next, Brandon wanted to change the attitude of the F350’s exterior to match its recent aggressive suspension upgrades. Although the factory burgundy paint was nice and clean, it just wasn’t going to cut it for the type of attention Brandon was going for. Nothing but proud red, white and blue American flag-themed graphics would do for this 1-ton patriot. To add to that truck’s rugged landscape, DB Customz Fab created a one-off custom grille design featuring a raised nameplate emblazoned with the word ‘Patriot’ that simply cannot be missed. The grille also features halo backlighting for a stunning nighttime effect.
2018 FORD F-350 THE PATRIOT