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Powerstroke 6.0 Head Gaskets – Ford OEM vs Victor Reinz Black Diamond

There has been quite a bit of debate about head gaskets for the 6.0 Powerstroke. “Which is the best?”

Black Victor Reinz head gasket with VR stamp and part number. Blue Ford OEM head gasket with VR stamp and Ford part number X’d out. We received 6.0 Powerstroke X’d out gasket in a genuine Ford Parts box from a dealership.

The only difference between Ford OEM head gaskets and Victor Reinz Black Diamond head gaskets is the color of the adhesive. We have actually received OEM Ford head gaskets, delivered to our shop from a local dealership that had the Victor Reinz logo stamped into them along with the Ford part number.

Don’t believe it? Here is an interesting post by Chistine “Pinky” Ruggles at Bullet Proof Diesel about a comparison between the two head gaskets for the 6.0L.

For the best remanufactured Ford Powerstroke diesel engines, contact Asheville Engine …. We Keep You Strokin’

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Customer Testimonials

   This first one is a Facebook comment on 6.4 Powerstroke page 12/31/2016 Paul Kelly, Owner of PK Diesel in Vancleave, MS.  Posted on facebook in response to somebody stating that they had a problem with the installation and blaming it on us.   “I’ve been getting Ford Powerstroke diesel engines from Rob Newcomb for years, and a lot of them, 20 a year or more.  We never had a problem with any of them.  I did get one that was damaged in shipping that he personally took care of and he did not have to… so when u talk about someone business or personal reputation, make sure you have stories right, not a lot of bullshit… because one things for sure, Asheville Engine builds the best motor in the USA… learn to install them right before ordering a engine… if someone has a problem with an Asheville Engine and they are around my area please come by we stand behind Asheville Engine 100%!!!!!’ Thanks and have a Happy New!!!Year!!!

Received via our web site on 9/13/2012    “We purchased an engine from Asheville Engine and received an email afterward saying that they shipped an EGR Delete kit with our engine that we didn’t pay for and asked if we would like to keep the kit at cost, or send it back with the shipping cost on them.   We decided to keep the kit and got it for cost.   They could have just as well charged normal price or something along those lines but they didn’t.   From time to time you actually do find someone or a company that takes care of customers or for that matter potential customers.  Asheville Engine goes way above what I would think someone would do for a stranger half the country away.  Thank you guys so much and look forward to doing more with you guys.”  

Received via our web site   “I’m not sure that I am adding this in the correct place but I want to give Asheville Engine a ‘shout out’ for a great product and awesome service!  I did a lot of research and talked, personally, to references that repeatedly buy Asheville’s re-built engines.” Thanks, Yolanda

Received via Facebook    “I just want to give a BIG shout out to Rob…and his guys at Asheville engine…I got his stage 2 long block and his motor is a piece of art and my truck runs new and stronger than it ever has…I am absolutely in love with the performance and superior quality that they put into every motor they build…Guys…and Gals…if your in need of a quality long or short block …Rob and Matt at Asheville Engine is the best place to get yours from!!!!!!…..YOU WON’T REGRET IT!….yes there are cheaper ones elsewhere…at least on face value…but you wont have the peace of mind and warranty that you get with one of Rob’s motors…and will spend a lot more on your engine in the end…and their customer service is second to none….their professional work is art with everything they build!!…and when I had questions…and concerns about my motor…Rob gave me his personal cell number and has answered his phone EVERYTIME! I called and was never in a hurry to get me off the phone…he has answered every dumb question I had… I have 4000 miles on my new motor…and I love it!!… and I really mean it when I say it…THANKS ROB…MAY YOUR BUSINESS CONTINUE TO BE BLESSED AND CONTINUE TO GROW…THE DIESEL WORLD NEEDS YOU BROTHER!!!!” Tommy Wininger

Customer put an Asheville Engine, Inc. remanufactured diesel engine in this beautiful truck
Customer put an Asheville Engine, Inc. remanufactured diesel engine in this beautiful truck

6.0 Powerstroke table. Asheville Engine, Inc.

Paul Kelly from PK Diesel in Van Cleve, MS is one of our biggest and best customers.  Here is something he said. “Finished my table for the showroom… It’s been on display for a year or two from Asheville Engine.    Asheville Engine builds the best motors on the market.”

Received December 2014 “Thank you so much for your help, honestly couldn’t ask for better customer service and y’all provide an amazing product! I couldn’t be happier with my new motor”.Thank you again

Recieved via email.    “I  have to echo the statement on your website.   You may not sell the cheapest engine, but I firmly believe it would be difficult to find a better built engine.   It also would be difficult to find a better group of people.   I know enough to work on cars, but I’m far from a diesel mechanic.   Rob and Mat answered all of my silly questions without making me feel like an idiot.   You can’t beat the customer service and you can’t be the engine.   Thank you all for the help in getting my truck back on the road.   I plan to keep it for a long time and the new motor is the biggest part of it.   If  I run into anyone else needing a Powerstroke engine, I know where I will send them.”   Rodney Paige

   I rarely post on here (Facebook) but figured I would let everyone know my experience.  A month ago I purchased a long block from Asheville Engine in North Carolina over the Internet.  I had never met anyone from there in person or knew them directly but they had a great reputation on all the pages so I went ahead and spent just over $5k on a long block for my fathers personal truck. 

Robert Gilton  “I bought a short block from Asheville Engine back in December.  Before I started assembling I figured I would make sure the coolant and oil passages were clean and clear.  I cleaned them out with brake clean, then blew everything out with shop air. I couldn’t find any debris inside the short block.  Not even a shaving was left behind.  The work they do at Asheville is second to none and I wouldn’t hesitate to order another engine from them. Thanks again Rob. I couldn’t be happier.”

Amber Elizabeth  “We have installed many for our customers. I can highly recommend Asheville Engine.  Rob Newcomb is a great guy and stands behind his products 100%. I cannot speak highly enough of the quality.”

Here is a link to an actual facebook post in which somebody asked the 6.0 Powerstroke group about our engines. You have to be a member of the group to read it. Click on it and read what real people say.

Received April 29, 2017 via US Mail   Just a short note to tell you, thank you.  I’m 67, and retired, bought my 6.0 new in 2006.  When my third grandson asked when he was 10, “granddad, when I turn 16 can I have your truck?”, I said “sure.”  Never would I have dreamed that I would buy 3 more and build them up for all my grandsons!   Y’all have made the experience the fun that it was supposed to be.  No hassle, patience with me, and cleared up some fog in my head (remember, I’m 67).  I have one more to do, I hope I don’t have to call y’all (no offense but this is getting expensive), Thanks again.Thanks to all at Asheville Engine.”  Danny Hornsby

4/1/2018  Copied from the Better Business Bureau website:  “I wanted to say thanks to Rob & Debbie, Mat & all the guys who work hard in the back to give me a fantastic engine. When your truck engine goes down and you finally accept you need a new one , it is a stressful and expensive moment for anyone & after doing my homework & reading between the lines of the 3 negative reviews on here i still proceeded with Asheville Engine for my new engine,I know myself as a business owner people are oh so quick to be negative but never have time to leave a positive review.  I chose the performance 30 with the stage 2 cam and couldn’t be happier.  When i placed the order and paid for it -it was here within 8 days with a pre -paid skid to return my core.  My engine was installed at my Ford dealer with no problems and we sent the core back.  Now here is where it gets good – you know most out of state companies will do anything to keep your core charge – hell its not like I’m ever going to see inside _ I’m in NY and hardly going to drive to NC to dispute the damage to my core ………Asheville Engine gave me MORE than the agreed core charge and sent me an email explaining why . Very trustworthy business! Don’t panic if they dont answer the phone -they are a family owned & operated business but Mat or his Dad will get back to you in 24 hrs and will spend as much time as you need and never rush you off the phone -just my experience.”  Stuart D.

Asheville Engine, Inc.  We Keep You Strokin’

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Ford Powerstroke re-manufactured engine

Asheville Engine is the leading independent Navistar / Powerstroke builder of Ford Powerstroke re-manufactured engines in the U.S. Many of our customers have surpassed 300,000 to 400,000 trouble free miles with their re-manufactured Asheville Engines because nobody builds a better Ford Powerstroke.


6.0 Powerstroke Short Blocks start at $2,995. with ARP Studded Long Blocks selling from $4,895.  Visit our web site for 7.3, 6.4 and 6.7 prices.

We offer a lot of great upgrades to give you better performance and longevity from your Ford Powerstroke re-manufactured engine.  All prices are on our web site because we want you to have the best experience possible.  Just click on the 6.0 Powerstroke and a drop down list will pop up.  You can use that drop down list to basically build your own engine the way you want it.  From a stock replacement to a 1,000+ horsepower beast, Asheville Engine has built a reputation of building the best.

Ford Powerstroke re-manufactured engine / 6.0 short block for Asheville Engine, Inc.

To learn more about Asheville Engine, just visit our web site at

Building your own?

If you are looking for a Ford Powerstroke re-manufactured engine to replace your 7.3, 6.4 or 6.7 Powerstroke, we offer those,too.  We also sell a variety of 6.0 rebuild kits and 6.4 rebuild kits from a stock build to one that can handle anything for the do it yourself engine builders.  We sell Stage 2 camshafts, gasket sets, ARP head studs and EGR Delete Kits, too.  Go to our web site and click on “PRODUCTS” to see everything we offer.


Other companies may try to sell you a Ford Powerstroke re-manufactured engine by offering you a better price or try to make more money off you by giving you a warranty that sounds too good to be true.  As a result, you could end up getting a substandard engine or even get shafted when you need some help.  Don’t be fooled by these sales pitches.  Anybody can build one cheaper by re-using pistons or other internal parts that you can’t see and a longer warranty can easily be denied when you need it.

Asheville Engine builds our engines with new parts and we give you an honest 12 month/ unlimited mile warranty.  The only thing better than our engines is our reputation.

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6.0 Powerstroke re-manufactured engines with available upgrades

Asheville Engine
We Keep You Strokin’

Asheville Engine is the nation’s leading independent Ford Powerstroke diesel engine builder.  We sell every Powerstroke engine ever produced, Whether you are a diehard 7.3 Powerstroke fan, love the 6.0 Powerstroke, own a 6.4 Powerstroke, or drive a 6.7 Powerstroke, Asheville Engine understands what you need…it’s all we do!

We offer a 6.0 Powerstroke short block starting at $2,995.00 and a studded long block with ARP 250-4202 head studs from $4895.00.  All details and prices are on our web site.


  • Stage 2 Camshaft
  • Engine balancing
  • Over bored with larger pistons
  • O-Ringed cylinder heads
  • Performance ceramic coated pistons
  • Polydyn bearing coating
  • High rev valve springs and pushrods
  • Wagler or Carillo connecting rods
  • ARP Custom age head studs


Most of our customers are average guys hauling a camper or a boat on the weekend, pulling a landscape or construction trailer or using it as a daily driver but we have customers who drive commercially and rack up 100,000 miles per year. Several of them have put up to 500,000 trouble free miles on their remanufactured Asheville engines.


We also build high performance Powerstroke engines.  Lee Jenkins in southern Mississippi had us build an engine for him which took the “TOP POWERSTROKE” award at Diesel Thunder in Gulfport, MS in November 2016 and it registered 1,054 HP on the dyno at Diesel Thunder in Holt. FL in March of 2018.

Paul Barber in Washington State entered his first sled pulling competition in October 2018 and his second pull was over 303 feet!

The only thing better than our engines is our reputation!  If you are looking for a company that’s been in business a long time and has built thousands of Ford Powerstroke engines, give us a call or shop on our web site at www.Asheville because our customer service is second to none.

We Keep You Strokin’

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Stage 2 camshaft – 6.0 & 6.4 Powerstroke engines

Asheville Engine, Inc., the leading independent Ford Powertstroke engine builder in the United States has three different Stage 2 camshaft offerings for the 6.0 and the 6.4 Powerstroke engines.

Our own brand new custom built Billet Stage 2 camshaft lowers EGTs, spools the turbo quicker increases fuel efficiency.  Because of it’s design, it also adds approximately 45 additional horsepower to a 6.0 and is much gentler on the valve train that a stock cam.  We’ve installed approximately 800 of these camshafts over the past 6 years in our re-manufactured engines and every customer loves them.  We sell our Asheville Engine Stage 2 cam for $800.00 which includes sales tax and shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S.

Asheville Engine, Inc. Stage 2 camshaft

A step up from our own Stage 2 cam on a performance level is the Straub Technologies Stage 2 cam.  This cam is very similar to the Asheville Engine Stage 2 but Straub Technologies changed the lobe separation to get a little bit more performance out of a Stage 2 cam.  As a result, this cam is best for use in racing where a small percentage can make the difference between winning and coming in third.  Asheville Engine retails this Straub Technologies Stage 2 cam for $995.00 shipped.

Please visit the Asheville Engine web site and click on our products to see these and more great products from Asheville Engine, Inc.

We Keep You Strokin’

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6.4 Powerstroke Rebuild Kit

Asheville Engine, the nation’s leading Ford Powerstroke Engine builder is now selling Rebuild Kits for the do-it-yourself’ers.  We have a Stock 6.4 Powerstroke Rebuild Kit with everything needed to rebuild your long block with a complete gasket set for installing the engine for $2,215.00 with FREE shipping.

We sell an Enhanced Rebuilt Kit for your 6.4with De-lipped, thermal coated pistons, Polydyn coated bearings and our own, Asheville Engine stage 2 camshaft to give you what it takes to make a 6.4 really last.

All of the details and prices are on our web site

Asheville EngineWe Keep You Strokin’ 

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6.0 Powerstroke Rebuild Kits

Asheville Engine, the nation’s leading Ford Powerstroke Engine builder is now selling Rebuild Kits for the do-it-yourself’ers.  We have a Stock Rebuild Kit with everything needed to rebuild your long block with a complete gasket set for installing the engine for $1,810.00 with FREE shipping!.

We sell a Mid-range Performance Kit as well as a High Performance Rebuild Kit with our own, Asheville Engine stage 2 camshaft and a balanced crankshaft which has been proven to lay down over 1,000 HP on the dyno and pull a sled over 300 feet down the pulling track.

All of the details and prices are on our web site

Asheville EngineWe Keep You Strokin’ 

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6.0 Powerstroke rebuild kits

Asheville Engine, Inc. is a highly recommended Powerstroke engine builder with a worldwide reputation of building great engines.  We have expanded our business to include the person who wants to do-it-yourself.

We now offer Complete Engine Rebuild Kits which include everything needed to build a 6.0 long block, except ARP Head Studs but they are also available for purchase.  With a basic rebuild kit starting at just $1,740, we also offer kits capable of building a foundation that can handle 1,000+ horsepower.

Visit and click on “shop now” to see what we have available.

We Keep You Strokin’

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Balancing a Powerstroke Diesel engine

To balance or not to balance?

That is a great question but a perfectly balanced engine is not always a good thing.  The real question is when to balance and how to balance.

Part of the difficulty with understanding how to balance an engines rotating weight is the fact that not all of it rotates.  The crankshaft spins but part of the connecting rods and the pistons don’t, they move up and down so how do you balance it all out?

The answer is actually quite simple.  When calculating weight which is attached to the crank, the rod bearings and the big end of the connecting rods are considered “rotating weight” while the upper parts of the connecting rods along with the wrist pins, pin locks, pistons and rings are all considered “reciprocating weight” because it moves up and down.  Typically, 100% of the rotating weight is added to 50% of the reciprocating weight to determine bobweight.  Depending upon what size engine is being balanced, many engine builders will add 4 to 6  grams to the bobweight to simulate oil which will be clinging to the engine parts.

Once the bobweight is calculated, actual “bobweights” are attached to the crank’s rod journals to simulate the weight of the rod/piston assemblies which is then spun on a balancing machine.  In the case of balancing an engine here at Asheville Engine, Inc., we use a state of the art CWT Model 5500 balancing machine.

Today, almost all quality aftermarket components come “weight matched” so other than checking them before assembly, there is nothing to do if you are starting with a balanced crankshaft.

As stated earlier, a perfectly balanced engine is not always a good thing.  In some cases it is better to “overbalance” an engine and in other cases, it’s better to “underbalance” an engine.  Overbalancing is when the percentage of reciprocating weight is increased by a few percentage points when the bobweight is calculated.  Of course, when underbalancing an engine, the weight is removed.  I won’t go into great detail because we are building Ford Powerstroke diesel engines and even with over size pistons in it, the bobweight only changes about 4 to 5 grams which is totally irrelevant because the weight of the piston is “Reciprocating weight” and does not spin and Powerstroke engines have such a large crankshaft that an overbalance of 4 to 5 grams is nothing!   These engines also have an external harmonic dampener attached to the crankshaft which will easily smooth out a minor imbalance.

Here is an example of where it does matter.

An engine builders who used to work for Asheville Engine at one time worked on a pro drag racing team.  They built a perfectly balanced engine (100% rotating/50% recipriocating weight) which was designed to run at just over 8,000 RPM.  The driver reported that the vibration was so bad right before he got to the lights that his eyes teared up and it was hard for him to see.  In the short amount of time that the car was on the track, the vibration had fatigue-cracked the intake manifold and oil pan.

The engine was disassembled and the crank was overbalanced at 52% (100% rotating/52% reciprocating weight) and the vibration was reduced significantly at the high RPM.   The next time that the engine was torn down, the crank was overbalanced 54% which caused a pretty violent vibration in the low RPM range but reduced the high RPM vibrations.  It not only reduced the high RPM vibrations but it also decreased the elapsed time on the track which is what the team was really after.

The next time that somebody tells you that a Powerstroke diesel engine, which is designed to be operated at roughly 3,000 RPMs needs to be perfectly balanced, keep in mind that the slight amount of vibration from an extremely low bobweight imbalance will be easily picked up by the harmonic dampener and will not affect performance or longevity of the engine.

That being said, Asheville Engine has always balanced engines for a small additional charge for people who want their engines balanced.  For the average guy who’s using his truck to work, haul a camper and get groceries, you don’t really need it but if it’s what you want, it helps us pay for our machine.

Asheville Engine, Inc.  We Keep You Strokin’

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Powerstroke problems – Diesel fuel in coolant bottle

If you have ever wondered how a cylinder head cracks to allow diesel fuel to get into the degas bottle in a 6.0 Powerstroke or VT365 International, here is a picture and description of where they crack.

Refer to picture:  In this cut away of the cylinder head, you can see a thin wall between the injector bore (where arrow is) and the coolant passage to the right of the wall.  Cracks are generally caused by over heating and because this area is thin, it is most susceptible to cracking.  The fuel pressure from the injector rail cast into the head (small hole to the left of the arrow) is far greater than the pressure in the cooling system.  When a crack occurs, diesel fuel easily passes into the coolant.

Here is a Tech Tip from Asheville Engine:  Many shops want to replace both cylinder heads but there is no need to fix something that isn’t broken.  You can pressurized each head individually by adapting an air fitting to the front of a cylinder head and putting shop air to it.  With a pressure gauge in the degas bottle, if that head is cracked, pressure will register.  It may take a couple hours for the pressure to show on the gauge if the crack is really small.  This is best done if the engine is at operating temp before you put air to the head.  If one head holds air, then go to the other head and do the same, it might save you a lot of work and money.   The worlds best, most cost effective Ford Powerstroke replacement engines.  We Keep You Strokin’