"The Crime Fighter F-150 Edition"
The Crime Fighter concept all started with an old rendering George Barris did on a Ford F-150 about five years ago. The rendering was inspired by the Original 1966 TV Batmobile he designed and built. Many of George's ideas never get made into real life… but in this case, George's grandson, Jared Barris, resurrected the rendering and the two put their minds together to give you, "The Crime Fighter F-150 Edition."
Galpin Auto Sports fell into the 'bat-fever,' and immediately became our first (and last) pitch. Beau Boeckmann and his G.A.S. crew love exciting builds like this. The only catch was… G.A.S. and Barris Kustom Industries only had eight weeks to pull it off in order for the Crime Fighter F-150 to make its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show!
Barris Kustom handled all the custom fabrication. The truck's 'wings' are 18-gauge steel… hand-shaped to become the truck bed's new side-rails, giving them a feel of being part of the truck rather than just an accessory. The water-jetted aluminum design & pattern of the grill were inspired by the mesh pattern on the Original 1966 TV Batmobile. Then we put on machine-milled bars to complete the billet grill and accentuate the signature 'bat-nose.' The Crime Fighter F-150's next stop was the G.A.S. shop, where a Ground Force lowering kit was added along with: Magnaflow dual exhaust, 24" KMC rims, BAKFLIP tonneau cover, hood, Streetscene's side skirt and front bumper fascia, and of course, the Ferrari Red stripes to seal the finishing touches.
The overall goal was to not only create a Batmobile themed vehicle, but to make sure the kustom was nothing short of a TRUCK.