Becoming Bullet Proof

Published in the November 2017 Issue September 2018 Feature Trevor Mason

Hey, we’ve got a new project truck! It’s been a little while since our last one, and while we really love how it turned out, we had enough setbacks and unforeseen complications that we wanted to make sure we had all of our ducks lined up in a row before we got deep in the weeds with another build. So without further ado, say hello to Project Dirt Toy.

We’re teaming up with our sister publication [Dirt Toys] magazine to bring this truck to life. The goal of the build will be to make a truck that has no trouble hauling any kind of, well, dirt toy in any configuration that gets thrown its way. Just a couple of months ago, the staff of both magazines went for a day of trail riding up in Mackay, ID, and to accommodate enough vehicles for everyone, we needed two trucks each pulling some long, big trailers full of ATVs, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes. It’s exactly the kind of thing we have in mind for the truck once it’s finished.

The truck’s owner is Brad Anderson, our newly-minted advertising director for both [Dirt Toys] and [Diesel Tech]. He explains why he chose a 2003 Ford F250 6.0L for this project. “I had a truck like this way back when. And to be honest with you, I loved the truck. When I bought it I think it had 34,000 miles on it. I drove it until I had about 120,000 or so on it. I was working in North Dakota, so I was driving easily 5,000 miles a month. And then it hand-grenaded on me. BOOM. Just out of nowhere, the motor was toast. So, long story short, I bought a different truck, hated 6.0s. This just soured me on them.”

Everybody’s got a horror story (or two) about a build that went wrong or some part on a truck that failed at the worst possible time. Reliability is honestly the number one thing we want in our vehicles. 6.0Ls have a pretty long-standing reputation for being unreliable, so it’s no wonder that Brad was left with a bad taste in his mouth for a while. Enter Bullet Proof Diesel.

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