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I have a ranger project currently with a 383 Lt1 in it looking for more torque and higher limit as to what I can do with it. The tires are 6' tall 600lbs tcase ratio is 4 to 1 with 6.72 gears in the rears. I have no diesel experience and can get a 7.3 with a c6 for $800 I know it is a good running motor the trans will need work to deal with the extra power im looking for. Is this the way to go Ive had so many ideas thrown at me by diesel guys each with there own picks, cummins a cat c-7 and the 7.3 any help would be very appriciated
 

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wow thats a sweet truck. The original pre powerstroke 7.3 was an old school indirect injected engine with mechanical injection. these older engines will run foreve as there isnt much to go wrong in them like a programming and what not. i dont know too much about these engines but i know they can have potential. You can turbo them and the last 2 years actually came stanard with one. However they also run high compression ratios so boost has to be limited. Ill let someone with more info chime in, good engine tho
 

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My god is all I got to say lol.
 

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It would be a waste of time to put an IDI in that. If you can find a 7.3 or 6.0 powerstroke you would be much better off.

Putting the IDI in there would leave you at about the same limits as your 383 stroker.
 

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ok Im looking for as close to 1000ft/lbs as I can get without spending $30k this thing is going to spend alot of time in the water so electronics is an issue what year range 7.3 should I look for?
 

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Late 99-2000 as far as stock engines. 95-2000 if you want aftermarket injectors.

Properly tuned you can get very close to your 1000ft lb torque for a hell of alot cheaper than you will with that IDI
 

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Late 99-up 7.3 with custom tunes alone will get you about 320hp 8-900ft lbs torque. A set of stage 2 injectors and 38r turbo will get you 450hp 1100 tq Hybrids and 38r even more

If you get a 95-2000 model 7.3 forged rod block you are lookin at less than 10k to do it.
 

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Late 99-up 7.3 with custom tunes alone will get you about 320hp 8-900ft lbs torque. A set of stage 2 injectors and 38r turbo will get you 450hp 1100 tq Hybrids and 38r even more

If you get a 95-2000 model 7.3 forged rod block you are lookin at less than 10k to do it.
I should rephrase this. that price depends on engine cost and you doing the labor
 

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can I still mount the radiator in the bed (like I said not a diesel guy,yet) also will my aeromotive A1000 work fuel pump work with the diesel
 

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Thats what i figured I was going to build my own to bobs specs if I went gas but it looks like this is the way to go
 

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can I still mount the radiator in the bed (like I said not a diesel guy,yet) also will my aeromotive A1000 work fuel pump work with the diesel
Yes on the radiator with a good electric fan. And the A1000 will work great:thumb:
 

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This is great Im calling tm on a 99 in craigslist Ill post as it moves along Thank you never thought get this figured out in 10min!
 

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ok, just a quick question... how the hell do you get an engine up there? better yet, how do you get up there to work on an engine? lol... cool project btw
 

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Post some more pics of the truck if you would:thumb:
 

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here it is still plugging along need framework as you can see the one I did in paint, Were going to unload some weight with screw jacks under the link tree, level it all off and
start the bracing. Need shocks limit straps brake lines..... I have two tcases a np200
and deuce airshift but that combo is as heavy as a small car so I may go with a profab or scs Tcase. The interior is done with full cage seats 6pt harnesses all of the gauges are in now just dont have a current pic






 

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Here is the new axles compared to original (off the website). also the spool already installed and the housing on the lathe being bored out to clearance the new ouverson 2" axles



 

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That is... actually, I'm at a loss for words on that one!! Had any nosebleeds sitting in that driver seat? What about an O2 tank for the thin air up there?
 
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