This custom 758hp Ford F-150 Raptor with a flatbed is a work truck made tough
This unique F-150 is yet another example that Texan custom truck builder PaxPower will "build the trucks the OEM won't!"
While Ford only offers its impressive F-150 Raptor in two body styles, SuperCab and SuperCrew, and with the sole engine option of an EcoBoost V6, the beauty of the aftermarket these days is that there are a host of companies who will build one-off completely custom trucks to suit a customer's needs, and Texas-based PaxPower is a perfect example of that.
Proudly proclaiming that it will "build the trucks the OEM won't," it was a natural fit for a customer in the Pacific Northwest to turn to when they wanted a most unique F-150 built for them.
Having previously owned larger F-350 and F-450 flatbed trucks but now looking for something lighter and faster but no less capable, the customer was after the unique combination of Raptor styling and off-road capability with some V8 muscle under the bonnet and a practical flatbed on the back, and that's what led to PaxPower putting together the beast you see pictured here which is a truly one-of-a-kind creation.
Starting out with a 5.0-litre F-150 Lariat, the company first fitted it with its usual Raptor conversion which includes utilising OEM bodywork and suspension components from Ford.
The company then breathed upon its V8 engine by fitting a 2.9-litre Whipple supercharger and a Borla exhaust to help it put out a whopping 758hp, ensuring there's sufficient grunt no matter how much stuff it may be hauling.
But then we turn to the most notable modification here of all – the custom flatbed on the back. With nothing commercially available for a truck of this size, PaxPower worked with trailer-builder TurnKey Industries to produce this lightweight aluminium flatbed that has been widened out around the wheel arches to match the front-end bodywork.
Featuring a six-foot load floor that in this instance has been fitted with a 90-gallon fuel tank, toolbox, and air compressor – although PaxPower notes it could easily be configured to carry things like snowmobiles, welders, or campers – the rear suspension has been reworked with a set of 5000lbs airbags to help it better handle the weight back there while still allowing for nearly the full range of articulation the standard leaf-sprung rear axle would.