Over the years, Diesel Power has maintained a number of themes in the articles. One thing we like to talk about is the current horsepower wars going on between the pickups built by Ford, GM, and Chrysler. We think it’s reminiscent of the battle the cars went through in the ’60s. This is apparent if you look at the black-with-white-racing-stripes ’07 F-350 dualie that graced the cover of Diesel Power back in 2007. A Shelby Cobra replica inspired that Ford. The ’97 F-250 featured in this article also has a ponycar connection. It’s owner, Yordan Calzadilla, is a painter for Shelby American located in Las Vegas. We asked Yordan if the gasoline car gurus he works with gave him a hard time for wanting to fix up a diesel pickup. He said they would’ve if it wasn’t a Ford—but actually they are all very inquisitive and think it’s cool. Yordan took one from the hot-rodders’ playbook when he bought a relatively cheap but solid platform and then customized it for his use and liking. The 7.3L Power Stroke was completely rebuilt along with the addition of ARP head studs, Casserly Stage 2.5 injectors, and a T500 high-pressure oil pump. International bellowed up-pipes and a Garrett non-EBPV turbo pedestal feed the exhaust side of the Garrett GTP 38R BB turbocharger. A K&N cold-air intake, AFE intake manifold, and Banks intercooler supply its compressor. A TS Performance chip and Quadzilla Boost Fooler help get the most power and economy from the fuel injection system. Other items include an exhaust backpressure valve eliminator delete, crankcase vent upgrade, and an HPOP crossover HPX line.The 7.3L Power Stroke was completely rebuilt along with the addition of ARP head studs, Ca These are the same type of functional louvers found on the Shelby American cars. Trucks that live in the dry desert can get away with things others can’t, because they don’t have to deal with snow, leaves, and mud.These are the same type of functional louvers found on the Shelby American cars. Trucks th Usually, switching emblems from vehicle to vehicle doesn’t look right. In this case, however (maybe because of the clear headlights), it works. The original stainless steel two-point sideview mirrors were replaced with the sleeker, F-150-style mirrors.Usually, switching emblems from vehicle to vehicle doesn’t look right. In this case, howev The original Sterling 10 1/2-inch axle with drum brakes was swapped for this Sterling 10 1/2-inch axle with disc brakes. This axle was has been used in Ford 3/4- and 1-ton trucks for nearly 30 years.The original Sterling 10 1/2-inch axle with drum brakes was swapped for this Sterling 10 1 The lift pump is an AirDog II, which has an adjustable fuel pressure feature. The side steps and traction bars were made by a local Las Vegas company called Alter Ego. The Dana 50 twin-traction beam (TTB) front axle is getting replaced with a Dana 60 straight axle from a newer Ford truck.The lift pump is an AirDog II, which has an adjustable fuel pressure feature. The side ste The rims are 18x9-inch XD Rockstars, and the evenly but extremely well-worn tires are 35x13.50R18 Mickey Thompson Baja ATZs. A new set of the same tires was on order at the time of the shoot.The rims are 18x9-inch XD Rockstars, and the evenly but extremely well-worn tires are 35x1 The SuperCab body provides a roomy interior—without making the truck too big in the city. The ZF five-speed manual transmission has a Valair clutch with ceramic and Kevlar buttons. A GlowShift 3in1 gauge measures boost, EGT, and fuel pressure while keeping the interior looking like a simple truck cab instead of an airline cockpit.The SuperCab body provides a roomy interior—without making the truck too big in the city. Onboard compressed air runs Yordan’s air tools or blows the train horns located under the front bumper.Onboard compressed air runs Yordan’s air tools or blows the train horns located under the By Jason Thompson Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!