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The Great Swap Debate....
Well I have been having a debate with myself the last couple weeks wondering what to do and am looking for some input from fellow enthusiasts.
I am a born and raised Ford guy, lets get that out of the way. Im not picky on the power plant but I wont buy a truck that's not a Ford.
I have owned 3 OBS 7.3s and would consider myself extremely passionate about the OBS chassis and the 7.3 in general, I am mechanically inclined and do all of my own work no matter what it is and because of the last few years know my way around a 7.3 well.
Over the past 4 years I have loved my OBS, I had a MINT 95 CCLB (in sig) but wrote it off, I bought another 94.5 CCLB(other in sig) and that is my current rig. I love the truck to death but its getting old as far as interior and body(rusty) and missing the things the new trucks have(see below)
I hunt daily for clean OBS truck in the combination I want but I am very very picky in what i want and its getting next to impossible to find what i want. especially here in Alberta Canada where all the diesels get *****d out on the oilfield and beat to ****.
Recently I have strongly considered moving to a newer generation since clean OBS are so hard to find here and I really want to get into a newer creature comforts
I am currently considering all sorts of setups but mainly.
05-07 F350 Chassis with
99-03 7.3 Swap
12V Cummins Swap
24V Cummins Swap
Reasons or Goals.
-More power than my OBS
-Better Turning Radius
-Improved Fuel Mileage
-More creature comforts(Sunroof/heated seats etc)
-Keep a 5 or 6 Speed Manual(Cant get in a newer truck as easy)
Budget would be around 12-15k.
I can find broken 6.0s or Gas jobs 05-07s for around $3-$5000 locally to me. in CCLB leather trim. and then im factoring about $7000 for motor and swap parts or donor truck to do the cummins swap, less if i am buying a 99-03 7.3
This truck is a highway pounder, runs sleds in the winter on a deck for mountain trips or maybe tows a car on a trailer at around 7000lbs in the summer. very minor towing so fuel consumption is a bigger concern than power. can i go lower than 3:55 gears to save RPMS on the highway? will having 400HP help more for lower gears?
I am sick of having a truck revving at 2700rpm to do 70mph and feeling like its going to fly apart.
I would like to see Sub 2000rpm 60mph cruise speeds and 18mpg or higher with a HP rating around the 375 to 450 range and daily driveable.
Am i dreaming in what i want? or should i seriously start looking for a chassis and a donor truck?