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The Fords Of Diesel Power Challenge 2011

Team Ford

Diesel Power Staff
Aug 1, 2011
Power. It’s what we all seek as diesel owners. Our compression-ignition, direct- injection engines give us every advantage over the common gasoline-vehicle drivers in the world. Our diesels give us the torque to tow, the strength to haul, the efficiency to get 20 mpg, and the speed to blow the doors off anything else on the road. That’s the Diesel Power way.
In the next 38 pages, you’ll be exposed to 10 daily-driven diesel pickups that have outrun, outgun, and outdone every other street-legal pickup on the planet. We’ve invited all of them to come together to battle in our seven tests of power. We call this event the Diesel Power Challenge, and this year we’ve invited this elite group of Dodge, Ford, and GM owners to gather in Denver, Colorado, for three days of torque, torture, and triumph.
In this month’s issue, we’ll give you a look at the components and drivers that make these machines so potent, but you’ll want to be sure to check back next month to see all the action from the dyno, dragstrip, sled pull, and 160-mile fuel economy drive.
Name: Rocky Horn
Age: 47
Hometown: Fort Lupton, Colorado
Occupation: Diesel mechanic
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Rocky Horn’s ’97 F-350 is the first pre-Super Duty Ford we’ve ever invited to compete in the Diesel Power Challenge. But it’s no ordinary Ford. Under the hood, you’ll find a common-rail 5.9L Cummins and a pair of Schwitzer turbochargers in a compound arrangement (S362/S480). As a Denver-area resident, Rocky will have the all-important hometown advantage on his side.
In addition to the hometown advantage, Rocky is an avid sled puller—a puller who’s used to winning. He’s the reigning Super Street Diesel Class champion (two years running) in the local National Sled Pullers Association (NSPA). Last but not least, Rocky has experience drag racing in elevation and has been down Bandimere’s quarter-mile dragstrip before. Look for this old-school, Cummins-powered Ford to be a contender in every event.
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Truck Specs
Year/Make/Model: ’97 Ford F-350
Engine: 5.9L Cummins (common-rail) with Colt Cams Big Stick camshaft, O-ringed head, ARP 625 head studs, Greeley Automotive Machine valvesprings, and billet-steel push tubes
Programming: Smarty SSR and ATS Atomizer
Lift pump: AirDog II 150-gph
Injection pump(s): Rockin S Diesel Performance custom dual CP3s
Injectors: Dynomite Diesel Performance custom nozzles
Turbo(s): Compounds (S362/S480) built by Rockin S Diesel Performance
Other Power-adders: ZEX nitrous system, Snow Performance water-methanol
Intercooler: Hypermax Tapercore
Intake: Custom Rockin S Diesel Performance
Exhaust: 5-inch to 6-inch stack
Estimated Power: 900 hp
Transmission/Converter: E4OD built by Brian’s Truck Shop (all forged shafts, 4R100 forged output shaft and 4R100 tailhousing), Precision Industries torque converter
Suspension: Super Duty leaf springs, reverse shackle kit
Wheels and Tires: 18-inch Jesse James wheels with 325/60R18 Nitto Terra Grapplers
Gearing: 4.10
Axles: Front Ford Dana 60 with Truetrac, rear Dodge Dana 80
Other Modifications: Traction bars
Name: Shone Patel
Age: 29
Hometown: Olive Branch, Mississippi
Occupation: Commercial property owner
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Shone Patel’s 6.4L Power Stroke has had everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it, and its spec sheet reads like an Elite Diesel catalog. If a major power-adder exists for the common-rail Power Stroke, chances are it’s on this truck. The biggest fuel and compound turbocharger arrangement in Elite’s arsenal has made its way onto his Ford, as well as nitrous oxide for a little extra boost.
While equipped with a 6-inch lift and 37-inch mud-terrains, the F-350 made an impressive 11.8-second quarter-mile pass at 120 mph. A race weight of 8,700 pounds on that pass puts the big Ford safely over the 1,000-rwhp mark. Prior to trekking out to the Diesel Power Challenge, Shone lowered the truck back down and added smaller tires, so watch for much quicker elapsed times and maybe even more horsepower on the dyno. You could easily be looking at one of the most powerful 6.4L Power Strokes built to date.
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Truck Specs
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Ford F-350
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke with Elite Diesel Stage 1 camshaft, cylinder heads, pushrods, heavy-duty valveprings, H-11 head studs, and 6.0L exhaust manifolds with custom up-pipes
Programming: Innovative Diesel via SCT
Lift pump: Elite Diesel Stage 2
Injection pump(s): Elite Diesel twin K16 injection pumps
Injectors: Elite Diesel 150hp nozzles
Turbo(s): Elite Diesel Max Power compounds with 66mm secondary/82mm atmosphere and dual wastegates
Other Power-adders: Nitrous Express NXD4000
Intercooler: Spearco
Intake: Custom from Elite Diesel
Exhaust: 4-inch into MBRP duals
Estimated Power: 1,100 hp
Transmission/Converter: Elite H/D TorqShift with Sun Coast torque converter
Wheels and Tires: 22-inch XD Series Ambush (color-matched tan inserts) with 325/50R22 Nitto Terra Grapplers
Gearing: 3.73 with Truetrac front and rear differentials
Other Modifications: Traction bars
Name: Andy Parker
Age: 32
Hometown: Walton, Kentucky
Occupation: Construction
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Another 6.4L Power Stroke coming to us from east of the Mississippi is Andy Parker’s ’08 F-350. As an experienced sled puller based in Kentucky, Andy is used to facing stiff competition in his Super Duty. As we’ve seen in the past, pullers typically do well in the eighth-mile trailer tow event, so look for Andy’s Power Stroke to hustle the 10,000-pound trailer down the dragstrip in a hurry.
Being a sled puller means Andy is also a fuel-only guy, but for that something extra he’ll be playing with a little nitrous at the Diesel Power Challenge. Our favorite aspect of Andy’s truck is that he’s stuck with what has worked for him. Instead of swapping engines or transmissions or adding more horsepower prior to the challenge, he’s bringing a proven setup to the table. This means his chances of surviving every event are high, and the truck’s performance will be predictable.
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Truck Specs
Year/Make/Model: ’08 Ford F-350
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke with Elite Diesel cylinder heads, Stage 1 camshaft, pushrods, valvesprings, H-11 head studs, and 6.0L exhaust manifolds with custom up-pipes
Programming: KEM Performance custom tuning
Lift pump: AirDog
Injection pump: Industrial Injection Dragon Fire HPFP
Injectors: Elite Diesel 80hp nozzles
Turbo(s): Elite Diesel Tow Power compounds
Other Power-adders: Nitrous Express two-stage setup
Intercooler: Stock
Intake: AFE
Exhaust: MagnaFlow 5-inch
Estimated Power: 650 hp (fuel only), 800 hp (with nitrous) Transmission/Converter: Elite H/D TorqShift with Sun Coast torque converter
Wheels and Tires: 20-inch stock wheels with 305/55R20 Nitto Dune Grapplers
Gearing: 3.73
Other Modifications: Traction bars


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