FLYING THE FLAG
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.
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.