FLY­ING THE FLAG

Diesel World - - Feature -

Once he got the green light from the wide va­ri­ety of parts spon­sors he put his plan into mo­tion. Parts started to fill the shop while the truck was at XDP Diesel Na­tion­als and Rudy’s Fall Truck Jam. With such a tight dead­line to hit, a full new nose for the truck was pur­chased and sent to John­son Au­to­body in Tol­land, Conn., so that TJ Ryan and his crew could prep and paint it while the truck was at the Rudy’s event.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion

The truck rolled back into the shop on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9, with a dead­line to have the build fin­ished by the Oc­to­ber 23 so it could leave on the 3,000-mile jour­ney to SEMA the next morn­ing. It was go­ing to re­quire all hands on deck from the en­tire SDP crew to make the dead­line, espe­cially with the am­bi­tious up­dates O’hara had planned.

The first week was mainly about en­gine and per­for­mance up­grades. Th­ese up­grades in­cluded an H&S Mo­tor­sports dual-fu­eler kit mod­i­fied to fit a dual-al­ter­na­tor 2017 truck, an MDP sin­gle fixed­ge­om­e­try Borg­warner SXE369 turbo kit and a MPD in­ter­cooler with in­take pip­ing kit. The turbo kit and pip­ing had not yet been

 A mas­sive yet fully func­tional 4-link sus­pen­sion from Rize In­dus­tries gets the Ford up in the air and look­ing right.

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