Photography: Diesel World Staff
“Go Big or Go Home!” That’s a well-worn phrase that applies to a small percentage of diesel owners. And you can tell who these people are at first glance: Their trucks sport big lifts and big tires and plenty of bling. But very few of these trucks have the big power to back up the big image, unless you check with Bentley Hugie, of Saint George, Utah. His big, orange 2008 Super Duty is not only an eye-catcher, but he’s also got the horsepower and torque to back it up.
Bentley is a software developer for H&S Performance, which is famous for developing big power tuners for diesels. Long before H&S got into the tuner business, the company was well-known in the area for building custom trucks and suspension fabrication. So, why not combine those talents into creating a cool look and strong-running Super Duty that’s an eye-catcher? And of course, no custom truck builder can leave anything stock for long.
With plenty of custom truck building experience under his belt, Bentley designed and fabricated a four-link, 11-inch lift for the Ford that also incorporates custom lift blocks and ladder bars at the rear. Custom coils were used up front, while Bilstein shocks and steering stabilizers dampen suspension and tire movement. To complete the package, huge, 40-inch Toyo Open Country M/Ts were mounted on 22×11 XD Diesel wheels and bolted to the truck for the finishing touch.
The 6.4-liter internals are stock, along with the turbo, but an S&B intake and 5-inch turbo-back exhaust help push out the exhaust. The custom system splits into a dual exhaust that exits the roll pan out back. H&S also installed an EGR delete kit and external wastegate.
Since Bentley writes software for H&S tuners, his truck is always used as a test bed. When we shot the Big Orange, it was fitted with both an H&S Black Maxx and Mini Maxx tuners. According to H&S, the truck is a key test vehicle, so the tuners are set up to where the driver can toggle back and forth between the two for testing purposes.
H&S estimates the 6.4-liter cranks out approximately 582 horsepower and 1,287 lb/ft of torque. With that kind of power, we bet the stock automatic trans is screaming for help under that much torque load and is not long for this world.
To make the Ford stand out in a crowd––as if an 11-inch lift doesn’t do the trick––Troy Hamilton, from Auto Perfection, in St. George, Utah, handled the bright-orange paint work. This included paint-matching the bumpers and grille shell and installing Speed Grille in both the upper and lower grille openings. Before hitting the paint booth, the Ford was fitted with custom pinch weld covers for a smoother look and a street truck-style flip-up license plate that reveals the hidden hitch behind the roll pan.
On the inside, the truck retains the stock Ford seating, but a 1,000-watt Alpine audio/video system was added. The video head unit is compliment by a dash-mounted 10-inch video screen in front of the passenger that is “frenched” into the dash. A set of 10-inch Alpine sub woofers is mounted in a custom cabinet behind the rear seat for plenty of thump.
Needless to say, with 11 inches of lift and a bright-orange paint job, Bentley’s big Ford gets noticed––especially when it leaves late-model muscle car owners scratching their heads after they get left behind in a cloud of soot.