Daily Driver-Turned 900HP Work Stock Puller
Just as in any other industry, being in-the-know in your specific corner of the automotive world can land you exceptional deals from time to time. When Jeff McCord, owner of LinCo Diesel Performance in Troy, Missouri, heard there was an LB7 with a “blue” engine in it for sale at the local dealership, he pounced. As it turns out, the ’02 Silverado 2500 HD had a fully-built SoCal Diesel mill under the hood, and the truck had only been traded in because the previous owner couldn’t get a transmission to live behind it. Well, as it turns out, Jeff’s company specializes in beefing up Allison 1000s. So not only did he score a clean, four-wheel drive ¾-ton Chevy with a built LB7 for a cool $8,000, but he had it up and running the very next day.
Daily Driver-Turned Sled Puller
Following six months of using the truck as his daily driver, Jeff decided to transform the ’02 into a competitive puller. With a goal of pulling in Work Stock, a popular and highly competitive class in his neck of the woods, Jeff knew he had his work cut out for him. For starters, at least 800 rwhp would be required to run at the front, countless IFS, chassis, and axle changes would need to be made, and an off-the-shelf turbocharger simply wouldn’t cut it. Surrounded by employees eager to see the truck storm past the 300-foot mark, Jeff and his team tore into the classic body Bow Tie. The following is what they came up with.
After tracking down the original owner and getting the full scoop on the SoCal engine, Jeff had all the reassurance he needed to start adding horsepower. That reassurance consists of the factory crankshaft being secured by way of a main cap girdle and ARP main studs, Carrillo rods and fly-cut cast-aluminum Mahle pistons, SoCal’s 9100 model camshaft, and the block being machined to accept 14 mm head studs and O-rings. Stage 2 ported heads with larger stainless steel intake valves and upsized Inconel exhaust valves flow an additional 75 cfm per cylinder.
An Air-Limited 900HP
With regional Work Stock class rules limiting turbo size to a T4 flanged S300 with a 66 mm inducer compressor, Jeff turned to the pros at Stainless Diesel to get the most out of a small-frame BorgWarner charger. Each time out, the custom-built 5-blade S366 builds 55 psi of boost and survives more than 70 psi of drive pressure while supporting nearly 900 hp. A Wagler Competition Products twisted pedestal locates the turbo at the rear of the valley, just behind a Wagler street intake manifold, and all piping to and from the Mishimoto intercooler were fabbed up at LinCo Diesel Performance courtesy of Tyler Turay.
Overkill Fuel System
Thanks to dual injection pumps being permitted in Work Stock, Jeff makes the most of it. A belt-driven PowerFlo 750 CP3 from Fleece resides up top, a 12 mm stroker pump from Exergy Performance sits in the factory location, and a PPE CP3 controller ties them both together. On the low pressure side, each CP3 benefits from its own dedicated 250-gph FASS system. On the high-pressure side, a set of Exergy 250-percent over injectors distribute as much as 26,500 psi in-cylinder.
Full-Billet Allison, Danville Tuning
Fully prepped for active pulling duty, the LinCo-built Allison sports all billet shafts, an Xcaliber 6-pinion billet P2 planetary and billet C2 hub, Sun Coast GMax clutch kit, and was topped off with a Sun Coast 3,200-rpm stall triple-disc converter. To lock the converter at the exact moment he needs to, Jeff relies on a Dirty Alli-Locker lockup switch from DHD. Thanks to the built Allison and SoCal engine, Danville Performance is able to get the absolute most out of the overkill injection system and 5-blade turbocharger via EFI Live tuning.
Still working with a relatively fresh build, Jeff plans to spend the summer pitting his Duramax against some of the stiffest Work Stock competition in the Midwest. But that’s not all. He is strongly considering the possibility of swapping a 2.6-inch smooth bore charger in place of the S366, dropping 500 pounds, and joining the 8,000-pound Pro Street Diesel Truck class on occasion—and possibly even running both categories at the same event. If that happens, you’ll likely see this four-door Bow Tie digging its way to the front of not one, but two of the toughest classes in truck pulling.