2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty - Get Shorty
A 700hp One-of-a-Kind Creation
Is it the perfect truck for city traffic? How about a weight-savings exercise? Maybe it just looks cool? Whatever the reason, most Ford enthusiasts are drawn to Juan Brizuela’s shortbed-converted 2009 Ford F-250. While diesel trucks have become as common as work vehicles, family movers, and daily-driven performance vehicles, they’ve never really had that “hot rod” look. Juan’s Ford changes all that, while still retaining all its street-truck amenities.
"Do a lot of parallel parking? This is your truck."
The build started with a factory, charcoal-colored regular cab 4x4, although it wouldn’t stay stock for long! Since he was a kid, Juan wanted a shortbed Ford just like his father owned back in the ’80s, so he went about making it happen. The conversion was performed by Dixon Brothers Racing out of Lompoc, California. With the factory frame cut right behind the cab, a section was taken out, and the rear suspension moved forward, with the factory front leaf spring hanger being used as extra support for the newly welded, shortened frame. Then a shortbed was sourced, Harley-Davidson trim was added, and the entire truck was painted a deep black by Monte’s Autobody.
But the modifications didn’t stop with the shortbed conversion. The rear suspension received a set of Fox Racing shocks for damping and CalTracs traction bars to help cure wheelhop. The truck was also fitted with four 35x12.50R20 Nitto Trail Grapplers, mounted on 20x9 BMF Novakanes. Inside, the Ford F-250 is untouched, save for an SCT monitor mounted on the windshield to keep an eye on the engine’s vitals.
In the power-production area, the Ford is actually quite a bit simpler than one might think. An AirDog lift pump sends number 2 diesel up to the engine, while PCM and TCM tuning is handled by Innovative Diesel via an SCT programmer. Part of the truck’s power potential comes from dual power-adders—both nitrous and water-methanol injection can be found on the short Ford. A kit from Snow Performance takes care of the water-meth, while a two-stage nitrous kit from Nitrous Express supplies the giggle gas. An S&B air intake and homemade exhaust round out the engine equation. With just a tune, the 6.4L Power Stroke cranked out 534 rwhp on Brown’s Diesel’s tough Dynojet dynamometer. With the water-methanol and a small shot of nitrous, power jumped to 682 hp at the wheels, with plenty of bottle left to tap if the need arises.
With a highly capable and unique truck, we’d say Juan did a good job building an eye-catching, one-of-a-kind ride. When the Ford receives a modified transmission (it’s still on the stocker for now), Juan will have nothing to keep him from going after 800 rwhp, proving that sometimes it’s best to keep things simple...and short.
Save for a few minor tweaks, the 6.4L Power Stroke in Juan Brizuela’s Ford F-250 is pretty much stock. Careful tuning and a couple of injectables are all it takes to make a dyno-proven 682 hp at the wheels.
|Year/Make/Model:||2009 Ford F-250|
|Engine:||6.4L Power Stroke V-8|
|Fuel:||AirDog lift pump, Snow Performance water-methanol injection, SCT with Innovative Diesel tuning|
|Air:||S&B air intake, Nitrous Express two-stage nitrous kit|
|Transmission:||Factory 5R110 TorqShift|
|Torque:||1,300 lb-ft (est.)|
|Tires:||35x12.50R20 Nitto Trail Grappler|
|Wheels:||20x9 BMF Novakane|
|Suspension:||Fox Racing shocks, CalTracs traction bars|
|Fun Fact:||We know you’re all wondering what it weighs, so we drove the shortbed Ford across the scales. Fully loaded, it was 7,200 pounds without driver.|
CalTracs traction bars from Calvert Racing Suspensions ramp up the Ford’s grip to the road and guard against wheelhop.
A 7-gallon water-methanol tank from Snow Performance was mounted in the bed; it’s good for plenty of full-throttle blasts.
A Snow Performance water-methanol injection kit with two nozzles adds a boost of fuel for the Power Stroke engine to increase power—especially with the nitrous system activated.
Check out "Get Shorty" in action at the Pismo Dunes in Pismo, Califonia. Make sure to turn up your speakers, this thing screams!