By Larry Edsall
Kyle Gann goes by the moniker K-Daddy, a name he built on his amazing ability to apply automotive paint. But Gann does more than just paint cars; he pretty much re-creates them at his K-Daddyz Kustomz shop in Bakersfield, Calif.
Case in point is our choice for the SEMA truck du jour: the 2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Sport Super Cab by K-Daddyz Kustomz.
The first thing you notice about this big truck, displayed at Ford's corporate stand in Center Hall, is its Race Red paint and the 24-inch Raceline Imperial wheels with candy-colored accents and 295/35R Nitto tires.
But get closer to the truck, and you can see the airbrushed candy accents on the bodywork. Get even closer, and you’ll see the same colors on the K-Daddyz Kustomz prototype beach-cruiser bicycle that rides in the truck’s bed.
The bed is painted with all the airbrushed details and stretched with an AMP Research bed extender and equipped with an SP Fabrication custom bike rack.
Other exterior modifications include a redesigned grille shell with custom mesh inserts, shaved emblems, Grant Fabrication three-piece weld-on roll pan, Mackey machine-billet emblems and Street Scene mirrors.
Further enhancing the big truck’s stance are a DJM lowering kit and Cognito sway bar. The frame has been painted and powder-coated, there’s a Mag-Hytec differential cover, and there is a quartet of two-piece six-piston Baer brakes with drilled and slotted rotors.
As if the truck’s appearance weren't aggressive enough, the auto-shifted 5.0-liter V-8 engine benefits from a ProCharger intercooled supercharger and Magnaflow cat-back exhaust.
Inside, the truck is equipped with Katzkin leather, painted accents, custom Hardcore audio speaker pods and enclosures, and a Rockford Fosgate stereo that can make the sound of that smokin’ supercharged V-8 barely audible.
K-Daddyz’s goal was to build a truck that combined street savvy and urban luxury with some in-your-face touches.
So where does the prototype beach-cruiser bike fit into that formula? Who cares, it’s just oh so cool.