2005 Ford F-250 Stroker Ace
Have you ever heard the old saying about the cobbler’s children? They were the last ones to get shoes made. Hey, can you blame the guy? After slaving over everyone else’s footwear all day, do you really think he wanted to knock out a few pairs of freebies for the kiddos? The same scenario can also haunt people who work in the diesel performance industry. After spending all day and half the night at the shop cranking out customer work, a guy’s or gal’s ability to wrench on or create a project can be hampered.
We’re happy to report this was not the case with Anthony Cammarata, Jack Cammarata, Keith Proctor, and Zac Wolfe at J&K Engines in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, as they all had a hand in the creation of the killer ’05 Ford F-250 you see here. The Super Duty not only looks cool, it’s also loaded with one of the most interesting engine combinations that exists in today’s diesel spectrum—a 6.3L (383ci) Power Stroker—and J&K developed it.
“The F-250 was basically the perfect project truck when we got it,” Anthony tells us. “It was a rust-free truck from Texas, but it was beat up. The 300,000-mile engine was blown, but the good thing about it was the fact that it was the exact style of rig we wanted to start with, and it had all the stuff we wanted, like four-wheel drive.” That’s an important point, because rather than going with the typical trend of building a street truck with a lower profile, Anthony and the guys decided to go big. “Honestly, we want something big and fast that we can use,” Anthony explains. “We are not just trying to get attention at shows. You can look at our website and see the F-250 in mud and all. We didn’t want to go over the top with this truck inside or outside. We wanted this to be something working guys can relate to and appreciate. It’s definitely well built, but it is not an ultra-flashy $100,000 truck.”
There’s no argument that the truck’s immediate eye-catcher is its 8-inch lift, established through a combination of pieces from BDS Suspension, Fox Factory shocks, Fuel wheels, and 37-inch Maxxis Buckshot M/T tires that connect the rig to the ground.
The interior area received a unique treatment. Anthony swapped the stock front seats with sportier buckets and removed the original rear bench seat in order to make way for three bucket seats in the back of the crew cab. Limitless Autoworks is responsible for the very trick brushed titanium vinyl wrap (the first we’ve ever seen) that gives the exterior its uniqueness. The only callout regarding the engine is some script along the raised portion of the cowl hood.
Which brings us to a point where we let you know J&K Engines is a business that specializes in Ford Power Stroke engines. We’re talking everything from stock long-blocks to the stroker that motivates Anthony’s rig (created by boring a 6.0L block 0.040 inches over and installing a 6.4L Power Stroke crankshaft).
“When you spend as much time with these engines as we do, you start to look at things,” Zac says when asked how the wild combination came to be. “Our lead engine builder Keith Proctor is the one who came up with the design for this package, and he put in a lot of work to refine it into what it is today. There is a lot of precise machine work that goes into these engines in order to get the longer crankshaft to work correctly. There isn’t one part that is more difficult to work with than another, but we have to be very careful with everything, because one mistake will cause other problems.” The gains from the additional stroke have shocked everyone, including the crew at J&K.
Even during the tuning period, veteran diesel performance guys were blown away. “Our tuner had his jaw on the floor when we got this sorted out,” Anthony says. “We really have gone at this backward compared to many other builds these days. Most people bolt on compound turbochargers, increase injector size, and add a fuel system. We still have a single variable-geometry turbo on the engine, and it is making more than 600 hp and 1,250 lb-ft of torque. It has a pretty mild cam, stock heads with small amounts of porting, and we have not even sprayed it with nitrous-oxide yet.” In 2018, the ambitious goals for the truck are centered on upgrading all the systems that support the long-block to really push the limits of the 6.3L Power Stroker.
This F-250 is a great reminder that there are people out there pushing the boundaries and the technology of diesel performance. From the earliest days of hot-rodding, talented people have taken parts that were never meant to go together and found a way not only to make them work but also to get pieces to perform better than they did before being joined.
Anthony Cammarata and his ’05 F-250 are pushing the boundaries of the possible and thinking outside the proverbial box. As Zac Wolfe says, “One of the most fun things happens when we are at shows, and, after checking out the entire truck, people don’t understand how it is possible to do what we have done until we explain it to them.” Judging by the stout horsepower the 6.3L Power Stroker makes with a mild setup, the competition is going to be wondering the same thing once these fellows really step on an already potent combination.
Year/Make/Model: ’05 Ford F-250
Owner: Anthony Cammarata
Hometown: Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Odometer: 315,000 miles
Engine: 6.3L Power Stroke by J&K Engines; 6.0L block bored 0.040 inch over; custom-machined 6.4L crank; Wagler Competition Products billet connecting rods; Colt Stage 2 camshaft; mildly ported, O-ringed cylinder heads; Manton hardened pushrods; ARP main studs; Mahle pistons; PolyDyn coated engine bearings
Programming: SCT Livewire programmer with custom tuning
Fuel: FASS Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, River City Diesel Thumper high-pressure oil pump, Full Force Diesel 190cc injectors
Air: KC Turbo Stage III variable-geometry turbocharger, Odawgs Diesel Performance S3R intake manifold, Sinister Diesel cold-air intake, air filter, AFE Power intercooler
Exhaust: Sinister Diesel exhaust manifolds, AFE downpipe and complete 4-inch exhaust
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic prepared by Twisted Transmission
Horsepower: 610 hp
Torque: 1,250 lb-ft
Torque: 1,250 lb-ft
Tires: 37x13.5R20 Maxxis Buckshot M/T
Wheels: 20x12 Fuel Coupler
Suspension: Custom 8-inch lift
Body: 3M brushed Titanium wrap by Limitless Autoworks, Body Armor 4x4 front and rear bumpers, Smittybuilt winch
Interior: Bucket-seat interior (front and rear), GlowShift gauge pod
Fun Fact: Among the many custom touches implemented to complete the 6.3L Power Stroker engine combination in Anthony’s F-250, one of the most interesting is the engine’s front cover. Because of differences between the stock 6.0L crankshaft and the custom-machined 6.4L crank J&K Engines uses, the stock cover has to be custom machined to fit an ’08-to-’10 Power Stroke crank.