While out at this year’s 4 Wheel Jamboree in Indianapolis, we saw everything four wheel drive that you could imagine, as far as the eye can see. We looked for a few candidates to feature from the event and that is how we found Dylan Coleman and his 2005 Ford F-250. This truck stood out because it was unbelievably clean. Perfectly decorated with color-matched accents, this Super Duty was one to check out.
After gathering a few photos and inspecting the truck deeper, we talked with Dylan to find out where his passion for diesel trucks came from and how this truck of his came to be. “I originally bought this truck a year and a half ago. I knew what I wanted and it took some time to find,” Dylan said. “I wanted it in white and I wanted it to have a gray interior. I finally found one and it only racked up 63,000-miles in its life.”
In terms of life expectancy, this ’05 Super Duty has plenty of life left to live with that amount of miles. The key to keeping it alive for this long, though, is taking care of it. Dylan’s involvement with diesel trucks over the years has taught him the importance of that. “I like building trucks like this. I was a diesel technician for Ford for six and a half years and still currently do it on the side now in my personal time,” Dylan explained.
“Power Strokes keep me busy and if business keeps up, I may eventually start a business doing it. I’ve been around these trucks for a long time and my knowledge has grown as you would expect.” With that technician experience, Dylan will be able to nurture this build for as long as he owns it and take it as far as he wishes in the future. Speaking of the future, what are the future plans?
What Is Next?
Most of Dylan’s Super Duty is aesthetics at the moment but that is only because he started there. He has big plans for the future but he’s taking things one step at a time. “My future plans for this truck are beginning this winter. I want to do an undercoating on the whole truck and have most of the suspension powder-coated to match the rest of the colored accents and the truck with Oxford white and Illusion Sour Apple,” Dylan said. “A lower paint-matched valance, new, forged wheels, a 3-inch cowl hood, and a Flight Fabrication four-link kit are on the radar.”
Moving on to performance, Dylan’s plans to go from zero to one hundred real quick. “The truck as it sits isn’t studded. I’d like to prove the head stud people wrong (to a point),” Dylan said. “I would like to upgrade to SoCal Billet Inc. T4 Non-VGT turbocharger, add a set of Holder’s Diesel premium injectors, FASS fuel system, and new tuning to boot from Blessed Performance. I would be happy with a streetable 800-horsepower, but the real goal is to break into that four-digit area.”
1,000-horsepower is no easy feat, but with the right parts and the right tuning, it is definitely possible. It looks like Dylan is getting his ducks in a row and we could see that soon. After going to many events, it is pretty rare to see a high-horsepower 6.0-liter really pushing the limits. As media movers, we are all for it. We love seeing guys push the envelope in their own space.
What Have You Done?
Now that we’ve talked about where Dylan and the truck have come from, what about now? What has he done to customize it to his liking so far? Initially, the truck was going to be maintained as it should and made reliable. While that did happen, he wanted to put his own personal touch on things. As you probably know, there are a few problem areas on these engines and he started there.
“I knew the truck would need some work to get to “reliable”. So, I started at the top of the list and the rest was history. I did every OEM update you could do,” Dylan said. ” Oil cooler, standpipes, EGR delete, dummy plugs, 6.4-liter banjo bolts, STC fitting, IPR screen, turbo drain, and a few other odds and ends. That turned into much more because now it features a Titan Turbo Service Stage 1 63.5mm turbocharger, 4-inch MBRP exhaust, 5-inch No Limit Fabrication intake manifold, PSP Diesel‘s coolant filter kit, Blessed Performance tuning, etc.”
This exact sequence is no secret. We have all been there. You buy a truck, you start to fix things and the next thing you know they start turning into upgrades and you’re wondering where all of your money went.
“Once everything was completed, I had heard about Blessed Performance and their tuning. I personally talked to the owner, Matt, and used his tunes. I daily the truck on his Extreme Performance tune and I love every second of it.” Dylan Coleman