As we mentioned last week, Diesel Army is doing a Reader’s Ride Of The Week every week! There are just so many cool trucks that you (our readers and Facebook followers) have, that we wanted to take a few minutes and highlight some of the best! We will still be posting our followers rides on Facebook so keep checking both places to see the latest in cool rides!
This week, we are highlighting Kevin McGray’s Fords’. McGray is known on many forums as RescueF250. He has a ‘03 F-250 and a ‘08 F-250.
As an active forum member, McGray is pretty knowledgable on Fords and over the years has built his 03′ pretty stout. The ’08 is a recent acquisition thanks to someone totaling his ’03 (don’t worry, he bought it back and is going to make a sled truck out of it)! Recently, McGray opened his own performance shop called Rescue’s Diesel Performance, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. So, we are sure that we will start seeing some great Fords coming out of his shop in Virginia soon!
McGray’s ’03 is/was a great looking hard running truck that proved to be extremely reliable. Over the years, as McGray was building the truck, many manufacturers would use the truck to prototype and test parts on. So, the truck had a number of different configurations.
The engine in it was rebuilt using Mahle Pistons, ARP studs and all new gaskets. The injectors are Full Force Diesel 190cc injectors with 75% over nozzles. The ’03 oil log was upgraded to a ‘04.5 and newer manifold, the HPOP was upgraded to a Diesel Site High Volume HPOP and he, also, relocated the ICP sensor over to the front passengers side. The fuel is supplied to the injectors by an Airdog 150 that is regulated by a Quick Tricks fuel intensifier turned regulated return system.
For air, the truck is running a Powermax Turbo by Garrett that sends the air through the factory intercooler and into a Diesel Dr. Intake manifold. To help the injectors fire a little quicker, the FICM (Fuel Injection Control Module) was upgraded to a 58 volt FICM from Quick Tricks, who, also, handles the tuning. Behind the engine sits a fully built Sun Coast transmission.
The truck has 9.5 inches of total lift and rides on 20 inch BMF Wheels “Novakanes” wrapped in 38×15.5R20 Toyo MT’s. To help McGray see at night, two 6 inch PIAA lights were molded into the front bumper and the head lights were upgraded with a Retro Solutions HID kit.
The ’08 is a fairly recent purchase (November when the ’03 was hit). Since buying it, he has pulled the engine out and completely gone through it, upgrading the pistons, push rods and valve springs. The EGR was deleted along with the DPF and an 5 inch Diamond Eye Performance exhaust system now sits in its place. Wanting to break in the engine a little more before he starts dumping tons of fuel at it, McGray decided to run a No Limit Fabrication air intake to the factory charger, which feeds an upgraded intercooler. The whole package is controlled via a H&S Performance Mini Maxx tuner.
On the exterior, he again upgraded the headlights using a Retro Solutions HID kit, painted the front FX4 grill to match the truck, painted the mirrors and opted for a black chrome exhaust tip (6 inch). To give the truck a more aggressive stance, a 2.5 inch Ready Lift leveling kit was installed to clear the 20 inch BMF 35×12.5R20’s wrapped in Toyo MT’s.
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