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post #1 of 26 Old 09-26-2007, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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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
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I think you might be concerned about the frame, and the suspension as well. The F150's looked the same, but I do not think the running gear was the same, but some others with more knowledge might chime in.

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Sold the truck to help pay $1.5M in medical bills! Now I have a F150 6cyl that is slower and gets worse mileage
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You would need to get 3/4 ton axles and suspension or something custom. You would also have to update the entire drivetrain with parts from a 250 or 350. You would probably want to beef up the frame as well. I would like to do the same thing some day.

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I bet you would have to worry bout the frame to much. U do need an upgraded suspension and the 3/4 ton axles. if u make it fit u da man
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if you want a 7.3 you might as well just get a obs 250 0r 350. your going to spend probabally close to the money dropping a powerstroke in your 150. a buddy of mine dropped a 7.3 idi in an 78 ford 100. and not only did it ride bad but he was always working on and had trouble with suspension. it just wouldn't be worth it if you ask me, i would just part with the one you have and get a obs powerstroke. youll be happier in the long run i think.
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how much different is a F100 78" compared to a 95 F150 though?
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Perhaps a turbo diesel Isuzu motor would match the weight and get 30+mpg...
Or there is a nice diesel Audi motor. eBay Store - CORES4U.COM ENGINES FOR REBUILDING: CUMMINS ENIGNES, DETROIT DIESEL ENGINES, PERKINS ENGINES
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