Photo 2/11 | 1997 Ford F 250 On Drag Strip | 1997 ford f 250 on drag strip
Photo 3/11 | 1997 Ford F 250 7 3l Power Stroke Diesel | The factory 7.3L Power Stroke has been upgraded with a host of aftermarket parts, including a Stealth SRP1.1 high-pressure oil pump, Full Force Diesel 350/200 injectors, an Irate Diesel competition fuel system and T4 turbo mount, and a BorgWarner S468 turbocharger.
Photo 4/11 | 1997 Ford F 250 Custom Traction Bars | Under the truck, the custom traction bars (built out of square tubing and Heim joints) and filters on the Irate Diesel fuel system are visible.
Photo 5/11 | Nitrous Bottle Mounted | In keeping with a sleeper theme (and since he regularly uses the bed), Matt mounted the truck’s nitrous bottle behind the backseat.
Photo 6/11 | Nitrous Express Single Stage System | In case of a close race, Matt has an insurance plan in the form of a single-stage Nitrous Express nitrous system.
Photo 7/11 | 1997 Ford F 250 A Pillar Gauges | “I never thought the truck would go this fast,” Matt admits. “I originally started out with a 35-psi boost gauge, thinking that would be enough.” It wasn’t, and in addition to the EGT and transmission temperature gauges, Matt had to install a 100-psi Auto Meter boost gauge. EGT down-track is 1,300 degrees, while boost tops out at 62 psi.
Photo 8/11 | 1997 Ford F 250 Front Wheel With Spacers | The front Dana 60 came out of a ’70s Ford, which was about 4 inches wider than the stock Dana 50. To make sure the front and rear axles were matched, Matt runs 2-inch wheel spacers in the rear to get the correct offset.
Photo 9/11 | Front Mounted Hitch | Matt incorporated some custom mounts under the front bumper, where he hangs nearly 1,000 pounds of weight while sled pulling.
Photo 10/11 | Manual Lockup Switch | For sled pulling, Matt uses a manual lockup switch—which is mounted on the shifter of his Ford—to get as much power to the ground as possible.
Photo 11/11 | 1997 Ford F 250 On Drag Strip | At the track, the four-door Ford runs faster than most other diesel trucks—and most muscle cars for that matter. Soon it should be even faster, courtesy of a built short-block and more nitrous.