Slade Heathcott’s 2009 Ford F-250 December 30, 2013
What started as a reward for signing with the New York Yankees in 2009 has become a totally custom thing of beauty. Slade Heathcott’s blacked-out Ford F-250 is as big as his personality, and ready to take on the trail as much as the road. Beginning in high school, Slade was a natural when it came to sports. He earned a starting position for both the baseball and football teams, his athletic ability shined most with baseball and his skill with both pitching and outfield came through. Balancing out Slade’s athletic skill however, was a troubled childhood that he battled with up through college. Having overcome problems with alcohol and anger issues, Slade became one of the most promising players of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. The New York Yankees drafted Slade in the first round and gave him a $2.2 million signing bonus. Now in Florida on the Yankees’ minor league team, he cruises around in a totally custom F-250 that was built specifically for him. Interested what someone like Slade likes? Here are the details. Exterior Slade’s truck has been given the nickname of Shadow for obvious reasons. The exterior has been completely blacked out starting with a satin black vinyl wrap over the entire body. Next, the bumpers, fender flares, bug shield, lightbar, and the visors were all coated in Line-X spray-on protective coating. The Line-X gives the truck a mean look and feel that chrome and color just can’t do. Even all of the truck’s emblems have been given the smoky treatment. Recon LED lighting was used throughout the exterior so the truck can always see and be seen clearly, and HID projector headlights illuminate the road. To add even more visibility Hella foglights and a custom lightbar were installed. The combination of all this lighting makes an otherwise shadow of a truck really stand out in the dark. Interior The interior panels of this F-250 have been treated with Line-X as well, carrying over the smoked look inside. The gauges and gauge cluster were fully customized too so they have a dark, smoky feel to them, too. As for sound, a Pioneer AVH-P4400BH touch screen multimedia center drives a set of JL Audio C5 component speakers and two JL Audio slim 13 TW5-3 subwoofers. Power comes from a JL Audio HD 900/5 class D 5-channel amplifier. Suspension and Wheels To get this truck a little higher off the ground, a Fabtech 10-inch four-link kit was used with a 2-inch leveling kit. Paired with this huge lift is a set of Fabtech Dirt Logic 2.0 shocks and a Fabtech 2.0 stabilizer. The wheels on Shadow are just as big as the lift, with 20”x12 KMC XD Monster wheels wrapped in 40”x15.50-20 Toyo M/T tires. A spare fully functional wheel is mounted in the blacked-out bed, giving the truck a very Baja-like feel. Engine The stock 6.4L turbo diesel engine was upgraded to a twin turbo setup by BD Power. A fully custom turbo-back exhaust was done by TTP with 8-inch exhaust tips. Other upgraded internals include Spartan 150HP injector nozzles and a Banks intercooler and air intake. All in all, the engine upgrades give this truck some serious power and capability that isn’t possible from a stock F-250. Add to all of this a customizable engine controller and the possibilities are nearly limitless. Wrap-Up Just like Slade, this truck had a meager start, but with some commitment and TLC, it’s unique and ready for anything. Slade may have had a troubled past but that just prepared him for the tough life of someone trying to make it big in the majors. Currently Slade is continuing his career playing for the Yankees’ minor league team in Florida, and has hopes of getting the big call up to America’s team and make it big.