2008 Ford F-350 6.4L Power Stroke - Diesel Power Challenge 2014 Competitor

Mike McGlothlin
Jun 23, 2014
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff
In 2012, a 6.4L Power Stroke (Erik Clausen) came out of nowhere and beat out a handful of shop-owner–built trucks. Then, when Wesley Beech's 2008 F-250 took the win last year, the 6.4L solidified itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Diesel Power Challenge. The highly capable, common-rail V-8 put Ford owners on a level playing field with the Cummins and Duramax camps. As it stands today, Fords now have just as good of a chance at winning as any other brand. Without a doubt, this has emboldened 6.4L owners, as there was no shortage of 2008 to 2010 Super Duty entries this year. Ryan Anderson entered his beast of an F-350 to compete in DPCX and was overwhelmingly voted in by our readership.
Basically, everything that can be done to a street-driven 6.4L Power Stroke has been done to Ryan's truck. A ground-up long-block was constructed using R&R Racing Products' billet-steel connecting rods, and de-lipped, cut, and thermal barrier-coated, 0.030-inch overbore factory pistons. A Stage 1 camshaft from Midwest Diesel and Auto made the cut, and it helps drive the massive turbos more efficiently (more on the turbos in a bit). A set of ported stock heads anchor to the block via A1 Technology head studs and were fitted with Stage 1 valvesprings from Midwest Diesel and Auto and Stage 2 pushrods from Trend Performance.
Photo 2/10   |   Ryan Anderson 2008 Ford F 350 Power Stroke Rear View
Fueling the built 6.4L is a set of 100-percent-over nozzles, a twin fueler kit from Diesel Dr., and a custom fuel system based off a FASS 150-gph platform. With the truck's setup still relatively new to Ryan, he hadn't quite settled on a tuner as he rolled into Denver. However, with custom tuning files from Innovative Diesel and 6.4L guru Mike Haller in his possession, it shouldn't take long to dial the truck in. "We have a lot of wrench time on it, now we just have to familiarize ourselves with the truck," he told us.
As for the turbos, it was go big or go home for Ryan. The massive compound arrangement under the hood was built by Midwest Diesel and Auto and consists of a 64mm S400 for the high-pressure unit, and a 91mm S500-framed turbo as the low-pressure turbo. This setup can easily support 1,200 hp on fuel, so look for Ryan to make some noise on the dyno. The mega-horsepower engine is backed by a full-billet 5R110 from Sun Coast, and it has its work cut out for it. The TorqShift will be tasked with harnessing 2,000 lb-ft of torque and surviving under a truck that weighs more than 4 tons. A 2,400-rpm stall torque converter is utilized to aid spool up with the large chargers.
The big Ford has run mid-11s in the quarter-mile in the past—and on a much milder setup—so we expect Ryan will have a chance of either placing well at the dragstrip, or getting kicked out for going too fast. If the transmission survives the abuse of each event and the big S500 can light in the thin mountain air, Ryan will have an 8,500-pound rocket ship on his hands. And not only that, he'll have a legitimate shot at both dethroning Wesley Beech's 6.4L and putting his own 6.4L in the winner's circle.
Photo 6/10   |   Ryan Anderson 2008 Ford F 350 Power Stroke Bed View
Photo 10/10   |   Ryan Anderson 2008 Ford F 350 Power Stroke Borg Warner Turbo

Build Sheet
Name/City: Ryan Anderson/Farmington Hills, Michigan
Vehicle: '08 Ford F-350 Super Duty
Driver Experience: Dyno, sled pull, drag race, tow, wrench
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke built with R&R rods; de-lipped, cut, and coated 0.030-inch over factory pistons; Midwest Diesel and Auto Stage 1 cam; A1 Technology H-11 head studs; ported heads with Midwest Diesel and Auto Stage 1 valvesprings; Trend Performance Stage 2 pushrods; Diesel Dr. intake manifold
Turbo(s): Midwest Diesel and Auto S464/S591 compounds
Fuel: Midwest Diesel and Auto 100-percent-over nozzles, Diesel Dr. Twin K16 kit, FASS 150-gph fuel system
Electronics: SCT with Innovative Diesel tunes, and H&S Mini Maxx with Haller's Repair tuning via MCC software, Spartan DashDaq used for gauges
Injectables: Custom two-stage nitrous-oxide system
Intake/Exhaust: Custom intake/MBRP 4-inch exhaust
Transmission: Sun Coast full-billet 5R110 automatic with a 2,400-rpm stall Diesel Performance Converter torque converter
Suspension: 7-inch Icon progressive-rate coil springs, Pure Performance four-link, Fox shocks, and custom-fabricated traction bars
Tires/Wheels: 37x13.50R22 Toyo Open Country M/T/22x11-inch KMC Diesel
Differentials: 3.73 gears

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