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Old 09-30-2007, 02:09 PM
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7.3 IDI in a 95 F150??

I'm a new guy to the site and wanted to get some feedback on an idea that I've been playing with for a while. I have a 1995 F150 that's in great shape, EXCEPT that the motor ( 302 ) is shot, has terrible power, and even worse mpg. What I'd really like to do is replace the 302 with a diesel, because my four goals are 1) Incease the mpg 2) Get better pulling power. I'm not really looking for a race truck or anything, just want to be able to pull our car trailer easily 3) Get rid of the computer, and 4) Make people say "What the heck!?!?"

I looked at a 12v Cummins, but those suckers weigh in at 1100 lbs or so and that'd be WAY to much for a half ton suspension. Then I though about the 12v's little brother, the 4bt. Basically a 12v minus the back two cylinders. Now I'm debating between the 4bt and a 7.3 IDI. But I don't know anything about the 7.3 IDI. The 7.3 is appealing cause it's a Ford engine and it'd probably be easier to install ( finding motor mounts and such ), it's a V8, and if it's anything like the 7.3 PS, it should be a heck of a motor.

So if you guys could give me some feedback and some info about the 7.3 IDI or some website about them, I'd sure appreciate it.
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well the 7.3's going to weight more than the 12 valve. if that helps
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I looked up the weight of the 7.3 IDI as about 900 lbs, which would put it at 150 heavier then the 4bt and about 200 lbs lighter then a 12v. I'm thinking with a set of heavy duty springs, that'd be at about the limit of the front suspension. Since I'm not into aggressive offroading or anything where the suspension would take alot of abuse, I think it'd hold up alright. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:10 PM
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keep in mind that your front suspension was designed to handle the weight of the triton engine, not a Diesel. other than the obvious stuff to get for any Diesel, better look into beefing up the front suspension.
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:32 PM
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Ur swap can be done easly. I put a 97 power stroke in a 95 full size bronco (u should see the looks I get). My concern would be can the wheel bearings hold up in a half ton axle. A none computerized engine would be a lot easier than my swap.
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