Powering Up for a Family in Need
We normally don’t cover dyno events in OFF-ROAD magazine, but when we heard that the Colorado Diesel Truck Club was organizing a charity dyno event to raise funds for 10-year-old Morgan Wildman, who is battling brain cancer, we wanted to go out and show our support. Dyno events are usually about power and bragging rights, but this event was different. This event was about diesel-truck enthusiasts uniting to help a family during their time of need.
Morgan was first diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when she was 8. After a brief period of remission, the cancer returned. As you can imagine, her family and friends have been doing everything they can to help her battle the cancer. It’s no surprise then that Shay Black of the Colorado Diesel Truck Club made some calls and organized a dyno event in Loveland, Colorado, to help pay for Morgan’s medical needs.
We weren’t sure what to expect when we showed up to Engle Automotive in Loveland, and we quickly realized how many truck owners were in attendance showing their support for the Wildmans. There must have been at least 100 trucks, with more people showing up to run their trucks half way through the event. Needless to say, the charity dyno event turned out to be a huge success thanks to all the supporters and enthusiasts who showed up for some dyno action. The Colorado Diesel Truck Club was able to raise more than $25,000, including BulletProof Diesel’s generous donation. We’re really glad to see that there are still plenty of caring individuals and companies who look at the big picture in life and are willing to help others in their time of need.
If you would like to help Morgan Wildman in her fight against cancer and show her the off-road community is rooting for her, please visit her Web page at www.caringbridge.org/visit/morganwildman.
Some of you might recognize this truck from our sister magazine, Diesel Power, as David Kennedy’s old ’97 Ford F-250 Power Stroke diesel. Tom Dody of Destroked now owns the truck and put it to good use as the 7.3L laid down 387 hp and 917 lb-ft of torque. The Power Stroke has more than enough power to pull heavy loads courtesy of a custom water/methanol injection system as well as a Borg Warner TP-38 Turbo that generates 32 psi of boost while still being able to use stock injectors. The 5-inch stack ensures all the exhaust is evacuated as quickly as possible.
Wide Open Performance built the 12-valve Cummins with a Scheid street camshaft, ported cylinder head with performance valve springs, H11 head studs, 13mm P-pump injection pump and Wide Open Performance’s triple turbo set up. Jacob tells us that the truck is capable of putting out 1,100 hp once they turn up the injection pump and boost pressures and we wouldn’t doubt it for a second. If only we could have three turbos in a go-fast off-road truck….
Tristan’s Ford featured Rosewood Diesel DIY stage 1 injectors, ATS intercooler and piping, AFE stage 2 1.0 Turbo exhaust housing, as well as Tony Wildman’s custom four-position tuning which help it produce 405 hp and 641 lb-ft of torque. Just in case he needs a little more power, the Cooling Mist stage 3 water/methanol injection adds a little extra kick to its step. Tristan tells us he’s been able to build this awesome truck thanks to his very understanding fiancée, Ashley, and his family who’s been there for those late-night wrenching sessions.