Going Diesel w/ 1995 F150
I'm a new guy to the site, but I've been around diesels alot for the lost three years so I know a bit about them. I've got a 1995 F150 sb sc that has a 302 and a 5 spd. Great truck, EXCEPT that it's a dog and I want a diesel engine in it. ( Real truck rattle!!! )
It'd probably be easier to just buy a F250/350, but the truck's in just too good a shape to let go and I can't afford $15-20k for a nice diesel. Plus the truck was the first vehicle I bought with my own cash and drove thru college, so there's alot of sentimental value.
I've been looking at possible repower options, mainly switching over to a Cummins 6bt ( 12 valve ) or a 4bt ( a 12v with the back two cylinder removed ). Boy can I hear you guys screaming from here!! Personally I'd rather go with the 7.3, since I like it better and it'd be easier to fit and get parts and to keep it all Ford. PLus I know a guy that put 500k miles on his two 7.3s with no major issues ( oil, starters, and a handful of injectors ).
I know that the 7.3 will fit cuz all of the trucks that body style are the same dimensionally. The problem is the computer that it needs to run and I really, really, REALLY hate computer controlled engines ( My other daily driver is a 1970 Mustang with a carb ). So my question is, is there anyway to do away with the computer and to make the 7.3 an all mechanical motor like the old
12v Cummins? I'm not really looking for a sled puller or a drag truck, just a strong tow rig that'll run forever and surprise a D-Max or a lil sports car. Thanks guys