Found On Race Day: Brian Jelich’s Monster Power Stroke Build

Like we have said in the past, the Outlaw Diesel Super Series Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 class would be huge and it has done that and then some. As a matter of fact, it is continuing to grow if people keep up the pace with Brian Jelich. Jelich is a Chesapeake, Virginia native who has been into racing for some time but resurrected his 2000 F-250 into an all-out drag racing machine.

At one time, this truck was a real pretty burgundy color. In fact, Jelich and his friends enjoyed the color so much they actually named the truck Ron Burgundy. Don’t be surprised if I trickle in a few Burgandy quotes here and there. The build for Jelich started in 2004 when he purchased the truck and has sort of been under the knife since then.

With the announcement of the class, Jelich knew he wanted to be involved. Now, we’re here and it’s turned into a full-fledged racecar. Well, he wanted to be involved with racing but he also wanted to just put a hurting on the common rail Cummins-powered trucks. Well, with a field that is basically overrun with them, he’s got his work cut out for him.

Ron Burgundy: You have an absolutely breathtaking hiney. This F-250 has been outfitted with a 25.6-certified roll cage by Paul’s Custom Fabrication and Machine.

Since the truck isn’t 100-percent, we’re just going to cover what is done to the truck so far and where Jelich is planning on taking it the rest of the way. This 2000 F-250 has been around the block. Not only has it been into Diesel Power Challenge in 2010 but it also has a Rudy’ Diesel event victory in the Pro Street class in 2014, top 32 appearances on Pinks All-Out, and has been sled pulled, too. In fact, at this exact moment, Jelich’s 7.3-liter Power Stroke is the fastest 4×4 7.3 since 2010.

Build Biology

This truck is down to a measly 4,100-pounds which is lightyears away from its original state. Replacing steel with fiberglass cost money but by doing so, the truck is capable of much more with less power. The powerplant? a 444-cubic-inch 7.3-liter Power Stroke built by  Jelich’s shop, Jelibuilt Performance, LLC. All of the machine work on this V8 was done by Gregory Machine, Scott Morris Motorsports, and Crutchfield Machine.
Internally, this 7.3 has been outfitted with multiple custom billet bottom end parts and it all pairs well with the ARP main studs, custom girdle, and the Stage 2 Gearhead camshaft. Other engine parts include custom valve springs, GEN3 HPOP, 400/400 injectors, JeliBuilt Fuel System with A1000 pump, Beans Diesel plenums, Grays Diesel water pump delete plate, Meziere water pump, and a pair of chrome Moroso Performance valve covers.

For air, Jelich relies on his T6, front-mounted S476/96 turbocharger and log style exhaust headers. With the front mount, the turbo breathing in fresh air through the fiberglass nose looks tough as it gets.

Jelich looks forward to the 2020 racing season as he’s finally starting to figure out this truck after all of the hard work that’s been put into it. Jelich wants to thank multiple people for the support and the help thus far into it all. “My wife, my family, Twisted Diesel Performance, Paul’s Custom Fabrication and Machine, Unlimited Diesel Performance, Morris Motorsports, CNC Fab, Gray’s Diesel, Diesel Technology of Chattanooga, and Irate Diesel Performance all deserve a special thanks,” said Jelich.

On the backside of this engine, a Twisted Diesel Level 4 4R100 transmission and a PCS 2800 Controller keep this truck moving strong.

Personally, I can’t wait to see what Brian cant do with this truck. It’s a very well-built build and the fact that he’s stuck with the 7.3-liter Power Stroke really makes it stand out. Stay tuned as we touch base with Jelich next year once this truck is 100-percent and gets her looking fresh with a new wrap design. What are your thoughts on the 7.3 for a race truck? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author

Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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