Posts Tagged ‘Ford Power Stroke’

Project Box Hauler: Glow Plugs

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Here’s the complete set of Diesel Rx 7.3L Power Stroke glow plugs. Note the tips are slightly discolored from testing.

Glow & Go
Installing New Glow Plugs Will Fix Cold Start Woes

Since diesels are compression-ignition engines, meaning there are no spark plugs to start the combustion process, nearly every diesel is equipped with some sort of glow plug system to get the fire started in cold weather. The little “Wait to Start” light that comes on usually indicates that the factory glow plug system is activated as part of the cold start circuit. Today’s computer-controlled engines have taken the glow plug system engagement to an all-new level, taking into account the various engine parameters as to when the glow plugs will be activated or not.

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Project Box Hauler – Clutch Upgrade

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Doing a clutch R&R on a diesel is not usually something you can accomplish in a driveway. With well over 200,000 miles of hard towing duty, Project Box Hauler was overdue for a clutch system overhaul.

Driving Force
EZ Clutch Upgrade for Project Box Hauler

Anyone who has ever owned a manual transmission vehicle knows how important the clutch is. It is the vital connection between the engine and the driveline, and is responsible for turning the engine’s torque and horsepower into usable forward motion. When things are right, the clutch assembly provides easy gear changes and plenty of clamping force for day-to-day driving and towing.

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Project Box Hauler: Intake and Exhaust

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

The Huspower 4-inch, turbo-back exhaust system was the perfect upgrade to improve the breathing on Project Box Hauler project. The system comes complete with all the necessary hardware and brackets along with a 5-inch polished stainless steel tip.

Hushpower Turbo-Back Exhaust

Another area the stock 7.3L falls short in is the factory exhaust system. The 3-inch system is necked down just past the turbo outlet and continues on a kinky path to a chambered muffler, which robs even more performance. So improving on things is fairly easy with a quality turbo-back system since there’s now catalytic converter on this truck.

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Project Box Hauler: Part II

Friday, July 16th, 2010


Project Box Hauler is just that…a box hauler. The truck spent most of its life as a Castrol Racing show car hauler, racking up well over 200,000 miles.

Project Box Hauler
Part II: Bellows Style Up-Pipe Upgrade

Last month, we introduced our latest project truck, a well-worn, 200,000-plus–mile Ford F-350 fitted with the 7.3L Power Stroke and a six-speed manual transmission. The owner found this dually while scanning the classifieds where it was listed for sale with a 28-foot gooseneck trailer. The combo used to be a Castrol Racing/John Force car hauler that racked up 215,000 miles in regular cross-country jaunts.

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Project Box Hauler: Intro

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The truck was sold with a 28-foot enclosed trailer which used to be part of the Castrol Racing stable of vehicles.

Project Box Puller

Part I: What to Expect When Buying a Used Diesel

If anything positive has come from the latest economic downturn in the United States, it’s that Americans are relearning the value of the dollar. According to recent surveys, Americans are putting away more money now than in the past 20 years, and people are looking more closely at monthly spending than ever before. While the credit crunch has put the hurt on new truck sales, more and more diesel enthusiasts are fixing up and updating the vehicle they current own rather than create huge debt by buying new.

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