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