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Old 05-17-2014, 02:55 PM
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Default Project "Second Strike" RCSB 6.4

I have been in love with the RCSB Powerstrokes ever since I first laid eyes on Gene Feldhan's “Stroked Lightning” build around 2006. Being a go fast guy, it just made sense. A short, light duty, 8 lug truck that could put 700hp and four digits of torque to the tires, without a slew of broken parts in it's wake, became my obsession! When the 6.4 hit the streets in 2007 and 600hp with light mods and a hot tune was realized, I knew I had found the foundation for my future build!

Fast forward to January 2013, I located a 2008 RCLB 6.4 online for a steal! There was only one problem.... it was in Texas and I was in California with no time to travel. With 182,000 miles on the odometer, I figured it had been a fleet vehicle and I was right. I spoke to the owner several times and poured over pictures of it online for weeks. On Valentine's Day, my wife and I were out of town when I got a call back from the owner accepting my ridiculously low offer. I purchased the truck without ever seeing it in person and arranged to have it shipped to the West Coast.

The planning phase went into high gear the minute it rolled off the big rig in early March. I immediately made contact with gurus like Mike Dillehay @ No Limit Fabrication, Eric Eldreth @ ********** Diesel Performance, and James @ Pro-Precision to seek their support on the build. All were very generous with their time and knowledge with my last truck and nothing has changed in that department.

Meanwhile, a good buddy of mine who worked for Hot Rod Magazine introduced me to Brian Mackey of Mackey's Hot Rods in Huntington Beach, CA. I instantly became a fan of his work and attention to detail. After meeting Brian and crew in person, and discussing my plans for the build, I convinced them to take a brief departure from the classic hot rods they had backed up in the yard. I went about selling the long bed, finding a short bed, and securing some needed parts to get started. The truck rolled into Mackey's shop about two weeks ago and the work began!

The basic goal: To create a pro-touring inspired street/strip truck that emits little to no smoke and puts 625 reliable horsepower to the ground on fuel and 700+ on spray. The engine mod list will be modest but calculated and I will be erring on the side of caution when it comes to reliability issues. The truck won't break any horsepower, torque, or time-slip records but it won't break too many parts either. Most important, it will be fun as hell to drive! And, I WILL be driving it... a lot!

I will post the progress pics thus far and continue posting as progress is made. Please ask any questions you have or give me your thoughts along the way, as I'm certainly no expert on these trucks. I will probably learn right along with you as those in-the-know chime in. A warning up front though, this build will likely not move along at Chip Foose OverHaulin' speed. But, I hope to keep a reasonable pace so bear with me. Feel free to prod if you get anxious.

Below is my vision for Project “Second Strike”! The sport truck should have built! But since they fell short, thank goodness for cut off wheels, welders, and diesel addiction!

Hope you enjoy the journey!


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Old 05-17-2014, 02:58 PM
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:07 PM
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Looks good! 2wd I'm assuming?
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:10 PM
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Looks good! 2wd I'm assuming?
Correct. Traction limited.

And thanks!

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TBH, I'm impressed with your write up about the truck more than the truck itself Nice to read a build story that's well written and interesting, and not jumbled together in a minute.

Nice truck!
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TBH, I'm impressed with your write up about the truck more than the truck itself Nice to read a build story that's well written and interesting, and not jumbled together in a minute.

Nice truck!
Thank you sir!
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I'm with it....Please continue the story, more details?
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This is gonna be awesome!

I need the mirrors off the truck in the rendering.
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I'm with it....Please continue the story, more details?
Cool! What would you like to know? Ask away....

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This is gonna be awesome!

I need the mirrors off the truck in the rendering.
Thank you! The mirrors are from a late model (05'ish) F150 that will be modified/grafted to fit. I will be sure to document that process when the time comes. The idea came when I just happen to see a 6.4 sitting next to an F150 in a parking lot and it clicked. I think they look right at home.
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More pics....






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