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Killer Coyote – Fabricating The Heart And Soul of A Predator

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lukasz Gainicy (pronounced Lu-KA-Zie) has eaten, slept and breathed every aspect of the custom automotive field since he was a boy growing up in Lancaster, California. He experienced the work his father had done, as he had been a true, award-winning customizer since the 60’s. Lukasz has also had the opportunity to work alongside hot rod greats such as Gene Winfield where he excelled in the arts of metal fabrication, welding, paint and bodywork. In 2000, Lukasz started his own fabrication shop, Needfulthingz Hot Rods where he has been building knockout vehicles of all kinds from the ground up while keeping his finger on the pulse of the Southern California custom scene.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2339″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over the years, Lukasz has signed his name on the completion of numerous high profile builds for a list of clientele that has come to bank on the level of quality he delivers through his innovative design process and execution abilities. In 2014, Chris Beatty, also of Lancaster, had approached Lukasz to build his Holy Grail 1955 Ford F-100 project. Chris wasn’t after a simple restoration type of job, however. He wanted something with much more substance—a classic pickup that not only captured the true soul of a vintage American truck, but one that featured all the conveniences of modern day street rods with a unique twist unlike anything else on the show circuit. “The Coyote” F-100 seen here on our pages is the direct product of Lukasz’s hours of tireless research and development. The ’55 would represent a platform for him to exercise his tried and true fabrication methods while pushing the boundaries of anything he had ever built before. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2335″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2337″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Simply creating a visually impressive truck that shines bright and sits low to the ground wasn’t going to cut it this time around. Lukasz and his client teamed up and put a plan into action to build a truck that hit the marks of a true restomod/protouring pickup with a one-off bed and all the premium bells and whistles available at their disposal. Chris, being a craftsman in his own right, could envision all the ideas Lukasz was sending his way, which proved to be the catalyst in the success of pulling off every modification they hoped to see come to fruition.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2334″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A 700-horse 555-ci Musi/Edelbrock engine dressed with March Performance accessory drive and bordered by Slosh Tubz fender wells, fire wall panels characterize the under-hood magic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2345″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2341″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”2340″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]From the beginning, the incorporation of a 5.0L Ford Racing Coyote engine was at the top of the list. The guys wanted the truck to have the capabilities of raw speed and an aggressive prowess that Wile E. Coyote may have imagined in his effort to keep up with and ultimately catch up to his evasive Roadrunner nemesis. To capitalize on the Coyote engine’s powerful capabilities, Lukasz worked in a Kenne Bell 3.2 supercharged blower into the equation, as well as an AEM Infinity stand-alone engine management system to dial it all in. Magnaflow headers and a custom 3-inch exhaust system was devised to hug the truck’s custom frame (which we will touch on in a minute) to make for an intimidating growl to warn of the Coyote’s eventual bite.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]From the beginning, the incorporation of a 5.0L Ford Racing Coyote engine was at the top of the list. The guys wanted the truck to have the capabilities of raw speed and an aggressive prowess that Wile E. Coyote may have imagined in his effort to keep up with and ultimately catch up to his evasive Roadrunner nemesis. To capitalize on the Coyote engine’s powerful capabilities, Lukasz worked in a Kenne Bell 3.2 supercharged blower into the equation, as well as an AEM Infinity stand-alone engine management system to dial it all in. Magnaflow headers and a custom 3-inch exhaust system was devised to hug the truck’s custom frame (which we will touch on in a minute) to make for an intimidating growl to warn of the Coyote’s eventual bite.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2342″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2336″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2332″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When it came to matters regarding how to style the F-100’s exterior, simplicity reigned supreme. Aside from shaving a list of the necessities from the truck’s surface, such as the door handles, rain gutters, vents and emblems, there really hasn’t been much added to its façade. The front grille received a pretty radical restyling, as did the rear with a molded tailgate and Chevrolet Cobalt taillights frenched into the rear fenders. The real shining beacon of light of the Ford’s exterior, however, is the amazing bed floor. The contoured bed floor not only features a luxurious combination of walnut and maple wood, but the entire floor lifts up on an actuator, exposing the powdercoated frame and chassis components. Lukasz had wanted to create a one-off bed like this in the past, and the F-100 proved to offer the ideal opportunity to pull out all the stops while fabricating the bed he had hoped to one day create.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2345″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2333″ img_size=”full” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The level of execution did not falter or waiver inside the cab—not by a long shot. Lukasz crafted a 4-point reinforced roll cage to grace the interior space and stuck with the performance theme with the incorporation of leather covered Sparco racing seats that were expertly wrapped by Santos Upholstery. The same walnut and maple wood that was used on the bed floor also adorns the cab in the form of a custom center console and door panels that house audio gear and the Accuair e-Level controller. One-off “CB” (for owner Chris Beatty) monogrammed material wrap the door panel as well as the headliner for a subtle, personalized touch. The plush confines of the interior complements the rest of the truck’s streamlined, yet highly modified style.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]One “theme” that the truck has going for it, is the use of the letter “W” all throughout the truck. There is a “W” emblem in the front grille, under the bed floor, on the seats, as well as layered in the aforementioned monogrammed material that has been used in the interior. Keen eyes may notice it while others may miss the incorporation of the letter in so many spots on the truck. The W represents Wile E. Coyote. As mentioned earlier, Lukasz has imagined that the truck has been built in a way he feels the character may have created to overcome his old rival in the Roadrunner. It has been decked out with high-performance product that promotes sheer power and superior handling to boot. All other upgrades can be chalked up to pure style and grace of sophisticated predator on the prowl.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Keep your eyes open while at shows or on the road this summer as The Coyote will be sure to making its rounds around town. As for Lukasz, he has enjoyed creating another custom vehicle that has been well received by its owner and the general truck-loving public. Make sure to follow the Needfulthingz shop account on your social media selection of choice to watch what he builds next. Whatever it is, it’s sure to be killer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_custom_heading text=”Build Specs:” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:24|text_align:justify|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:600%20bold%20italic%3A600%3Aitalic” css_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Owner: Chris Beatty
Truck: 1955 Ford F-100
Location: Lancaster, CA ” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:18|text_align:justify|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_single_image image=”2331″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Engine
Shop: Needfulthingz Hot Rod & Fab Shop, Lancaster, CA
• 5.0L Ford Coyote
• AEM Infinity stand-alone engine management
• 750HP
• Kenne Bell 3.2 supercharged blower
• Injector Dynamics ID 900 injectors
• Aeromotive fuel system
• Magnaflow custom fabricated 3-inch, frame-hugging exhaust system
• Magnaflow headers
• Triple-flow polished radiator by US Radiator
• Thermal Research and Development polishing
• Performance automatic 4R70W controlled by HGM Compushift
• Two B&M transmission coolers
• Inland Empire driveline
• Painless Performance wire harness and accessories
• 18-gallon aluminum fuel cell
• Redhorse racing fittings
• Power By The Hour power steering
• Vintage Air A/C & heat
• Powermaster starter
• Two Optima batteries
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Body & Paint
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• PPG Coyote Brown paint
• TIG welded, 3-inch roof chop
• Shaved door handles, rain gutters, gas filler, fresh air and side vents, emblems and bumper holes
• TIG welded grille
• Redesigned front valance
• Roll pan
• Frenched Chevy Cobalt taillights
• One-piece side window conversion
• Dapper Lighting custom #7 yellow headlights
• Eddie Motorsports billet hood hinges
• Mid-Fifty F-100 parts and accessories used throughout truck
• Double-walled F-100 bed with radius corners
• Custom fabricated rear fenders
• Variegated black walnut and curly maple wood used as the bed floor
• High-gloss wood bed cover rises w/ remote actuators
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Chassis & Suspension

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  • Front TCI front Mustang II clip
  • Slam Specialties ‘bags and manifold
  • Dual Air Zenith air compressors
  • Accuair air management system
  • Fox shocks w/ double dimple die brackets
  • Custom fabricated upside down triangulated 4-link
  • Adjustable weight distribution cantilever system
  • Fully powdercoated boxed and Z’d frame
  • Energy Suspension bushings
  • Fox Shocks w/ double dimple die brackets
  • Currie 9-inch rearend
  • 411 gears
  • Wilwood 6- and 4-piston calipers, 14-inch rotors

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Wheels & Tires

  • 20×8.5 and 20×15 Intro Wheels
  • 245/35/20 Nitto Extreme ZR radials and 29×18-inch Mickey Thompson S/R Sportsman radial tires

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Interior & Stereo
• Needfulthingz Hot Rod & Fab Shop, Santos Upholstery
• Wile E. Coyote themed luxury cab
• Sparco racing seats with brown leather upholstery
• 4-point seat restraints for style and comfort
• Custom, handcrafted black walnut and curly maple center console and matching door panels
• Dimple die openings for A/C and heat vents by SoCal Designs
• Restomod style gauge cluster from Dakota Digital
• Rockford Fosgate sound system
• Ididit Touch-N-Go steering column
• QuietRide Solutions deluxe insulation
• Needfulthingz-designed four-point reinforced roll cage with dimple die accents
• Backlit LED lighting throughout cab
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Special Thanks From the Owner: “John Chamberlain, Tony Smith, Dylan Tarlton, Roland Tarlton, Jacob and Lisa Tarlton, Donald Evans, Mike and Sarah Losh from Slosh Tubz. The project was made possible by all of these fine folks’ help and support.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]