Ford F250 Black Ops: 2017 Custom 4x4OTY contender

Ford F250 Black Ops

YEP, it’s big, but if your plans include extended touring, plus the ability to tow a large caravan comfortably, you want a sizeable, self-contained rig – and this monster limited edition Black Ops F250 (built by US-based Tuscany Motor Co) fits that bill.

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When Simon, the owner, took delivery of the Black Ops F250 it was already well kitted-out as ‘standard’. A six-inch lift, twin steering dampers, Road Armor bullbar, 20-inch rims running 37-inch rubber, and an imposing black-on-black colour scheme mean this immense rig (it measures more than six metres in length) is fairly noticeable.

Ford F250 Black Ops  tourer.jpgSimon wanted to tweak a few things for touring, so he approached Luke and Rebecca at Outback Customs. The duo didn’t hold back – Luke and Rebecca reckon the huge tray setup is the biggest they’ve ever built.

The process included fitment of a heavy-duty steel tray with improved departure angle and oodles of interior storage; the F250’s size allowed fitment of additional storage areas forward of the rear axle and there’s an additional three-quarter length trundle tray underneath as well.

Simon got clever with the two Jackoff canopies on the rear tray; being independent of each other, he can remove one (or both) when he needs flat cargo space. The front canopy is split into two sections, with an MSA drop-down fridge slide and 12V power on the passenger side.

Ford F250 Black Ops storage.jpgAlso in there are twin lithium batteries and a Redarc management system, plus a 1500W inverter and isolator. And yes, there’s more – a gas hot-water system (with 12V pump) has been squeezed in, with a hose connecting to the under-tray 60-litre water tank. The driver’s side canopy is full of drawers and a barbecue.

The rear cargo box is used for two full-size spares or lugging dogs, wet gear, etc. Up top Simon can switch between a boat-loader and a James Baroud roof-top tent.

With a rig of this size and weight, a top-notch suspension system is a given; adjustable Ride-Rite air suspension (courtesy of Outback Customs) combines with King shocks (featuring a reserve reservoir) at the rear, while the front received King coil-overs with a remote reservoir.

King Off Road suspension coils.jpgThe 20-inch wheelset originally fitted was ditched in favour of 18-inch wheels and 37-inch rubber for a more compliant ride over rough tracks.

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Add in the stealth black-out paint job (the F250 was also wrapped in-house with a vinyl wrap to match the powdercoated rear tray), a Baja Designs slim-line LED light bar and Outback Custom rock-sliders to keep the behemoth’s belly out of harm’s way, and you have a seriously awesome mobile outback home.

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