While we were down in the beautiful panhandle of Florida, we ran into a ton of people that hold a heavy social media presence. In this group of individuals that we got to meet is Texas born and bred, Lane Wakeland. Wakeland is well known for his 2008 Ford F-250, but it didn’t’ start here. For Wakeland, it took many projects to find his true love.
Wakeland’s love for diesel trucks began during his sophomore year of high school. Like most kids from the south, he had already developed a love for anything with wheels and tires. Dirt bikes, race cars, mud trucks, or anything with an engine, he wanted to be a part of it. Wakeland credits his early interest to his dad, Thomas.
With his stepfather always owning a diesel truck, Wakeland became intrigued. Although his stepfathers truck(s) were meant for work, just hearing them and seeing them was a pivotal moment in his life which developed a love for these machines. “My stepfather always had a diesel, but it was always for use,” said Wakeland. “I will say he opened my eyes to the green-handled vehicles, but not for the cool factor. I took that into my own hands.”
As the interest in diesel trucks grew, Wakeland dealt with more pressure in owning his own one day. “Every morning at my bus stop, I would watch Brandon Waldron, owner of the “Brown Bomber”, fire off his ol’ loud Dodge Ram,” said Wakeland. “That 2001 Dodge 2500 was a beautifully disgusting brown color and earned its nickname, Brown Bomber.” After some time, Wakeland and Waldon became friends only putting him closer to the diesel action.
“We became friends after a while and began doing what any friends do in this scene, modify it. While I still didn’t own my own diesel, I still enjoyed helping out on this one,” said Wakeland. “We cut a hole in the bed, threw a stack in it, 200 over injectors, hotrod VP pump, and obviously a Smarty tuner. Back in the day, efficiency wasn’t cool.”
Finally Finding His Own
After their relationship grew, Wakeland ended up going through a few GM gasoline-powered trucks which eventually led him to his first diesel, the “White Knight”. “Ah, the White Knight. The white truck was a 2002 Dodge Ram, very similar to the Brown Bomber, is what started it all,” Wakeland said. “Using four different tires, two highway terrains in the front and Maxxis Buckshots in the rear, this truck was ready for anything.”
When Wakeland acquired the truck, it had already been fitted with an Airdog fuel system, BHAF, triple pillar gauges, and four-inch exhaust. Over the years of having this truck, the performance always changed and the looks soon followed. “I have leveled this truck, changed wheels, changed tires, and installed the infamous fourth-gen bumper on it,” said Wakeland. “The truck was great to me and caused really only minimal problems. But, all things must come to an end.”
Wakeland’s love for diesel trucks was strong, but his love for motocross was equally growing. He solid the White Knight with full intentions to get into motocross harder than ever but plans quickly changed. This self-inflicted dilemma ended up being for the better. “I have always wanted a 6.4-liter Power Stroke truck. Ever since I saw they could make crazy horsepower with just a tuner, I was in,” Wakeland said. “The 6.4 trucks came with their fair share of issues though and I wasn’t sure I wanted to get involved.”
The 6.4-liter-equipped trucks are known to have some issues including cracking pistons. With that in mind, Wakeland was extremely picky when it came to choosing a truck. “I knew these things had problems but if I could find one already fixed, maybe I could swing it,” he said. “Well, during my night shift, I decided to pull up AutoTrader and sure enough, there was an already repaired 6.4-liter with aftermarket pistons inside.”
The truck Wakeland found was swapped to a single turbocharger, repaired of its unfortunate internal issues, and for the price that Wakeland was willing to pay. With that being said, Wakeland couldn’t wait around any longer and scheduled a test drive. “I found the platform I wanted for the price I wanted. Now, as long as it’s in good shape, it’s mine,” he said.
A New Chapter
Well, you guessed it. For $23,000, Wakeland was headed home with a new truck but he had no idea the truck would evolve into what it is today. Wakeland’s F-250, now tagged #SlowLowStancedSixFo, has become a life-altering purchase. Like anyone, he began to make the truck his and started changing things up to offset his from the rest.
“The first thing I did was have the truck re-tuned. The cruise control wouldn’t work in all of the tunes and I wasn’t having it. Secondly, I started doing some cosmetic upgrades,” Wakeland said. “I installed a custom-built grille, wider wheel spacers, and did a darker window tint. You know, for the gram.” The “gram” he is referring to his Instagram page.
After some time, Wakeland stopped modifying the truck and began enjoying it. By enjoying I mean running it like he stole it. “I launched it hard multiple times, but after one good launch, the 5R110 transmission said no more,” said Wakeland. “I didn’t have time for those kinds of issues, so she was fitted for a Suncoast Diesel Transmissions transmission and triple disc torque converter.”
Although it is very expensive to repair a transmission, it was actually okay that it went down. Wakeland had a group of friends in the surrounding Florida area who owned mid-six hundred horsepower trucks and he loved all the fun they had in them, so why not join the fun? “Once you get into the go fast scene, the rest really isn’t as cool,” said Wakeland.
So, what did Wakeland do to the truck? How did he power his 6.4-liter to the next level? This 6.4-liter V8 Power Stroke diesel engine has been punched out .20 over by Lowes Automotive in Montgomery, Alabama. On top of the bored out block sets two big cylinder heads that have been decked and machined down to a three-way valve job.
The Ins And Outs
Like mentioned before, this engine is equipped with Elite Diesel de-lipped pistons. These were originally installed prior to the purchase including a set of ARP head studs, which was the entire reason Wakeland built an interest for the truck.
With this engine in full swing and free of issues, this 6.4 breathes in cool clean atmospheric air using a No-Limit Fabrication cold-air intake. Once that cool air gets sucked in, the air then gets compressed by a Smeding Diesel S369 turbocharger. Once compressed, its forced through the illusion violet coated intercooler and forced into the engine making loads of horsepower.
The exhaust the Power Stroke makes exits a pair of 6.0-liter manifolds, Rudys Diesel Performance up-pipes, and out four-inch Jamo Performance exhaust with Sal’s muffler. Other modifications include Elite Diesel intake manifold, Smeding Diesel CCV re-route, fuel sump, oil filter cap, Maryland Performance fuel bowl delete, and an Airdog 2 165 GPH water and fuel separator.
That’s right, he also installed a ZEX nitrous oxide kit in case he wants just a tad more power. With the mods done to the truck, Wakeland’s 6.4 has laid down the best power number of 644-horsepower and 1,159 ft/lbs of torque so far.
Now depending on what you’re talking about, some people say it is what’s on the inside that counts. Well, for Wakeland and his 6.4, it’s the all of it that counts. On both the interior and exterior of the truck, Wakeland goes to extreme measures to ensure his rig is looking at its finest at all times. After all, it is black and we all know how tough that can be.
On the exterior, the custom-built grille was done up by Kahl Kreations. The grille features a custom badge and has been painted gloss black to match the truck. When asking Wakeland what his favorite part of the build was, it was actually the grille.
“If I had to choose my favorite part of the build, I would have to say it was the grille. Shane Kahl, of Kahl Kreations took a vision of mine and made it a reality,” said Wakeland. “People can buy just about any part to look like someone else, but having something truly custom made it beautiful.” The custom badge he is referring to is the “Built On Faith” across the front. “If it wasn’t for the man upstairs, none of this would be possible and this is exactly why I wanted it to say this,” he said.
Additionally, the truck is fitted with a 2017 Super Duty front bumper painted to match as well as the rear. For lighting, Wakeland relies on Deep South LED wheel well lights and their wheel ring lights. This lighting equipment lets you focus in on the beautiful black paint matched parts that were applied by Herbie Henry in Crestview, Florida. Although its tough to keep clean, I think we can all agree that black is awesome.
The graphics on the truck include wrapping the tailgate in a brushed aluminum look to depict a platinum truck. The work was all done by Sean Martinez with Vantage Vinyl Werx in San Antonio, Texas. With this big of a truck and this much power, Wakeland relies on Savage Fab four-link suspension, ProComp traction bars and Rancho shocks to provide that comfortable street truck ride.
Like any build, nothing goes smoothly. There is and always will be snags or interesting things that happen between start to end and that’s still the case for Wakeland. “Three days after I purchased the truck, I blew an intercooler boot off at 138 miles per hour,” he said. “That was a bit interesting hearing that noise at that speed, but we were in Mexico, so it didn’t matter.”
Additionally, the last photoshoot Wakeland lined up for the truck was with a friend of his, Nate Rolen. Rolen is from Maryland and was going to be in town visiting and they have been planning this shoot for months. As usual, when you don’t need problems, that’s when disaster strikes. “It was Monday and Rolen was in town and we had planned the shoot on Friday,” Wakeland said. “Monday afternoon I heard something that sounded like the turbo was letting go.”
Frantically trying to diagnose this truck as he only has a few days to figure out what it is, make sure it isn’t fatal, and if it is, repair it before Friday for the shoot. “The single turbo was making a noise that sounded like a VGT, which I don’t have. I took the truck to a friends shop and pulled the cartridge to see what the culprit was,” said Wakeland. “Sure enough, there was a piece of bellow wedged into the exhaust housing from my up-pipes. After searching for someone to cut and weld in new bellows, I finally ended up having the guys at Rudy’s overnight me a set.”
Luckily for Wakeland, that fixed his non-VGT, but VGT issue and got him back on the road just in the nick of time for the photo shoot on Friday. After it was all said and done, Wakeland was glad he could get it finished up and appreciates the time his friend took to shoot it.
Building a truck of this stature is only done with a great support system. When we asked Wakeland about his support system, he laughed with gratification. “My support team is like no other. First of all, the number one is the man upstairs. The front of the truck reads “Built On Faith”, and without the good lord, none of this would be possible,” said Wakeland. “Secondly, my wife is an enormous part of my support. She not only lets me spend countless hours and dollars on the truck, but she helps me do it too.”
“My mom has always been there and backed me up, she has done more for me than anyone could count. My family has always supported my love for diesel trucks despite my fathers hate for diesel trucks and especially Ford trucks in general,” Wakeland said. “But, seeing his grin on his face when that turbo lights makes me think he’s a little more okay with it now.”
With Smeding Diesel being a big part of this build, Wakeland also thanks them for playing such a big role. “I have a handful of friends who sponsor the truck, but Ben Smeding of Smeding Diesel is stand out,” Wakeland said. “I went to high school with Ben and he helped me when I had a gas truck and continues to do so in the diesel world.”
Other thanks include Herbie Henry and Caleb Rennekcamp for their hard work applied to the truck. “I want to thank Caleb Rennekcamp of Shifted Industries for putting up with my ignorance over the years, and I want to thank Herbie Henry for spending way too much of his personal time painting truck parts for me at 3:00 AM,” Wakeland said. “I have met some of the greatest people in the world since owning this truck. I have friends in Texas, Florida, and all over the United States because of social media and I can’t thank those who have helped me enough. Whether it was sending me decals, warranting out parts when it wasn’t necessary, or putting me in your company ads, I appreciate it. Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to thank my goon squad. All of my friends that help me wrench have good times together.”
It was truly an honor getting to meet with Lane and hearing his story from the ground up. This goes to show that just because you can’t have something you want doesn’t mean you’ll never get it. Wakeland stuck with it and ended up fulfilling a dream of his and it has certainly taken off. We can’t wait to see what Wakeland has planned for the future and look forward to seeing him again soon. For more information on his build, be sure and check out his Instagram. Stay tuned to DieselArmy for more truck action.