High Times: Two-Tone Custom Ford F-150 XLT Rides High on 35s

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F-150 ‘High Hat’ from SCA Performance features black roof, six-inch lift, and some nice interior upgrades.

Given how popular trucks are these days and how many of them Ford sells month after month, it’s highly likely that there are a lot of clone F-150s out there. As nice and expensive as a King Ranch with the Power Stroke diesel is, there’s more than one of them out there. For people seeking a truck with more exclusivity, there are conversions like this 2018 Ford F-150 XLT “High Hat” from SCA Performance.

In this video, Mitchell Watts, general manager of Town & Country Ford in Bessemer, Alabama and host of the Town and Country TV Youtube channel, takes us on a tour around the High Hat and explains what SCA Performance does to make it a special truck. It starts with the front end. Watts says, “This particular truck, actually, because it’s an XLT, starts out with a gray front grille. And what Southern Comfort does is they’ve actually sanded the grille, all three components, and have repainted it to match the Oxford White on the rest of the truck.”

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SCA Performance also made a visual tweak to the hood. Watts points to a piece near the windshield and says, “That is a functional heat extractor. Now it was designed, really, primarily, just to look like the Raptor hood, but it is actually functional.” The 5.0-liter V8 below that is bone stock, but it can be equipped with a Roush supercharger that bumps output up to 650 horsepower.

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The matching fender flares are made by SCA Performance in-house. They even incorporate the F-150’s available side parking sensors. Those arch over a set of two-tone 20-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO2s. A pair of AMP Research power running boards make getting into the SuperCrew cab easier. With the exception of the Gibson cat-back exhaust and the color-match bumper from the XLT Sport Appearance Package, the back end is pretty much stock.

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The roof is what gives the High Hat its visual flair and its name. The black cap fits over the truck’s doors like a hat. Simple as that.

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There’s something going on underneath, too. Watts gets low to show off the High Hat’s upgraded suspension. Referring to the hardware shown on camera, he says, “This is a FabTech six-inch suspension lift that is made specifically for Southern Comfort.”

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The interior features some special touches. Watts points out the high-gloss black accents specially painted to match the truck’s roof. The cool quilted leather sections on both rows of seats are easier to spot and instantly make the interior look more expensive (we’re not so crazy about the big Black Widow logos on the front headrests, though).

Given that the F-150 High Hat is a custom pickup, its looks (and $66,012 price tag, according to Town & Country Ford) may not be for everyone. Then again, that’s the point of getting a conversion truck, isn’t it?

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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