LET'R EAT

A 6.0L-POW­ERED FLORIDA MEGA TRUCK— AND AN OWNER WITH A LEAD FOOT

Diesel World - - Feature 2004 Ford F-250 - MIKE MCGLOTHLIN PHOTOS BY MIKE MCGLOTHLIN & COUR­TESY OF RE­NEE NEELY

Nearly 30 years old and still play­ing with trucks… Justin Hilde­brand may never grow up. But that’s OK. The Braden­ton, Florida, shop owner is a reg­u­lar on the lo­cal mega truck scene, par­tak­ing in chest-high mud bog slogs, tire-shred­ding tug o’ wars, and even sled pulls with his sky-high ’04 Su­per Duty. What’s more—given all the wild en­gine com­bi­na­tions that of­ten grace these types of trucks—hilde­brand’s F-250 is still equipped with a 6.0L Power Stroke.

Re­built for Re­li­a­bil­ity

Be­ing that his com­pany, JH Diesel & 4x4, is heav­ily in­volved in diesel re­pair and per­for­mance, Hilde­brand knew that he could make a 6.0L work in the mud—and that it could be re­li­able. Af­ter ob­tain­ing a used 6.0L for $800, he tore it down and re­built it with a Ford over­haul kit. Other than adding a Stage 2 Colt cam to drive the turbo harder, the short-block is void of up­grades. A few re­in­force­ments were nec­es­sary up top. To pre­vent valve float and re­ver­sion, per­for­mance valve springs from Hamil­ton Cams

 What do you do on the week­ends? Justin Hilde­brand hops in his 11-footh­igh, 11,000-pound Su­per Duty and points it to­ward the deep­est mud hole he can find. And when he’s not nav­i­gat­ing the nearby swamp­lands, you can usu­ally find his F-250 hook­ing bumper-to-bumper with other mega trucks.

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