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Diesel Power Challenge 2016 - Neal Torley

’08 Ford F-250, 6.4L Power Stroke

KJ Jones
Jul 9, 2016
Photographers: Ben Cooper
While Neal Torley says his passion for trucks is lifelong, his affinity for diesel-powered pickups manifested itself when a close friend let him borrow a Ford F-250 Harley-Davidson Edition. “Little did I know, my addiction to the diesel life would grow from there,” Neal says. That same friend started a diesel-performance company and eventually encouraged Neal to buy an oil-burning rig: the same white ’08 F-250 you’ve selected to compete in Diesel Power Challenge 2016.
Neal’s progression in the hobby is not much different than the paths of fellow competitors. Starting with basic cosmetic and performance modifications, drag racing, some sled pulling, and dyno events, his truck’s evolution surged to the next level after the 6.4L Power Stroke engine’s head gaskets eventually blew. “That’s when things took a turn for the worse,” Neal’s wife says. An all-out engine build (again, thanks to encouragement from friends) “with the best-of-the-best equipment” began and eventually resulted in a balanced, blueprinted, triple-turbocharged 6.4L that can be used daily without any problem. “I daily drive my truck and pull a fishing boat on the weekends, so I have always wanted the best of both worlds: big power and reliability. So far, so good,” Neal says.
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“What once seemed like a dream is coming true. I am truly honored and plan on putting on a great show and being the best competitor I can at DPC. I think my strategy is a little different, as I want to be reliable without going too crazy. I still plan on driving the truck daily and want to keep it as realistic as I can. I am not trying to turn it into a race truck/trailer queen. I want the truck to be a street king,” Neal says.
For Neal and his crew, the time leading up to the Denver trip was spent testing different turbo setups to determine which one will hopefully get the job done at the Challenge. As Neal is someone who says “go big, or go home” is a credo he lives by, we’ll be watching him closely to see how well going big works for him.
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Neal is quick to tell anyone who asks that the balanced, blueprinted 6.4L Power Stroke engine under the hood of his F-250 is built right, with parts he feels are the best of the best, from such companies as First Coast Diesel Performance, Carrillo, Hypermax Engineering, River City Diesel, Hamilton Cams, and Maryland Performance Diesel.
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Interior treatments are Super Duty stock, with only an Edge Products CTS II display screen affixed to the A-pillar. It gives Neal an easy view of the 6.4L’s vital signs whenever he wants or needs to know what’s going on with the engine.
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We dig seeing stealth concepts like this. While it’s already hard to tell (at first look) that Neal’s rig packs serious heat under hood, this nitrous-oxide bottle, hidden in the bed-mounted storage box, is normally unseen confirmation that the truck will be a force to be reckoned with at DPC.
The F-250’s utilitarian suspension setup consists of a Ready Lift leveling kit, Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks, Air Lift rear airbags, traction bars, and a dual steering stabilizer—perfect for the daily driving, drag racing, and boat-trailer towing Neal does on a regular basis…and hopefully ready to meet the demands of Diesel Power Challenge events.
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The fuel system’s stock K-16 high-pressure pump is supported by a River City Diesel Performance CP3 injection-pump kit, 100-percent-over nozzles, and this FASS Titanium Series 220-gph lift pump. Neal believes the combination is plenty stout enough to support four-digit horsepower and torque from the big 6.4L Ford.
Build Sheet:
Name: Neal Torley
City: Green Cove Springs, Florida
Vehicle: ’08 Ford F-250
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag race, sled pull, tow
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8 bored .020 over, balanced, and blueprinted; First Coast Diesel Performance cut pistons; zero-gap rings; Carrillo rods; Hypermax O-ringed, ported cylinder heads; River City Diesel High Rev valvesprings; Hamilton Cams pushrods, FCDP oil filter relocation kit, and Maryland Performance Diesel oil filter relocation plate
Turbo(s): Three Bullseye BatMoWheel 66mm ’chargers
Fuel: Ported fuel rails, stock K-16 high-pressure pump, River City Diesel Performance CP3 injection pump kit, 100-percent-over nozzles, and FASS Titanium Series 220-gph lift pump
Electronics: Edge Products CTS II monitor, SCT Livewire programmer with tuning by Matt Robinson at Gearhead Automotive Performance
Injectables: Nitrous Express single-stage nitrous-oxide system
Intake/Exhaust: Steed Speed exhaust manifolds, custom First Coast Diesel Performance air intake system and custom-ported intake manifold, S&B air fliter, Spearco intercooler, and FCDP exhaust manifolds and up-pipes with a custom 5-inch exhaust
Transmission: Super Comp 5R110 five-speed automatic by SunCoast Diesel Transmissions, Mag-Hytec deep pan, and a SunCoast billet flexplate
Suspension: Ready Lift leveling kit, Icon Vehicle Dynamics shocks, custom First Coast Diesel Performance traction bars, and a BDS Suspension dual steering stabilizer
Tires/Wheels: 35x12.50R22 Toyo M/T, 22x12 American Force Face Plate
Differentials: 3.73 gears



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