Posts Tagged ‘super duty’

A Vintage Power Wagon with Cummins Power

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The Dodge Power Wagon has been synonymous with military and off-road duty since its inception in 1940. Originally designed as a military transport, the truck evolved into a civilian version in 1946 and was based on a ¾-ton military chassis with heavy-duty 4×4 running gear.

The Power Wagon was produced as a pickup in both half- and ¾-ton versions through 1968, and after a brief break in production—and partly due to popular demand—the Power Wagon came back again in the ’70s. The final model, a W150, was rolled off the assembly line in 1980. (more…)

OBS Fuel System Upgrade

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Lots of Ford lovers say that the ’94-’97-model Power Strokes were the last diesel trucks from Ford with character.

Driven Diesel’s New Regulated Return for the ’94-’97 Power Stroke

Among Ford purists, the last great Ford diesel truck ever produced with any styling character was the old body-style (OBS) Power Stroke.

These round-nosed beauties were the predecessors of the Super Duty and are fitted with a similar version of the 7.3L Power Stroke that eventually ended up between the fenders of the Super Duty. (more…)

Project Box Hauler: ATS Turbo Upgrade

Monday, August 30th, 2010

EZ 7.3L Turbo Upgrade
Improve Performance and Reduce EGTs with ATS’ Aurora Turbocharger Kit

OK, you’ve done nearly everything economically possible to your 7.3L Super Duty or Excursion. You’ve upgraded the intake and exhaust, added a programmer, and possibly even upsized the injectors. Sure the truck runs better, but you’ve noticed that the EGTs are starting to climb into the danger zone at wide-open throttle or when towing a heavy trailer up a grade. The missing element in your power recipe is more air. While the stock Garrett turbo functions well on a stock truck, it can’t keep up with the added heat that more fuel creates.

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Project Box Hauler: Autometer Gauges

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Keeping an eye on engine vitals is as simple as installing a quality set of gauges. For anyone who tows with their diesel, both boost and pyrometer gauges are a must.

Project Box Puller
Keeping Track of Vitals

For our regular readers, Project Box Hauler needs no introduction. For those who have just joined us, here’s the Cliff Notes version of the series. We got our hands on an ’01 Ford F-350 dually that spent its previous life as a Castrol Racing show car hauler for John Force Racing. The truck, fitted with a well-worn 7.3L Power Stroke, was showing 200,000-plus miles on the odometer and was in serious need of attention. The buyer got the fifth-wheel trailer with the deal, hence the name Project Box Hauler.

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Project Box Hauler: PML Diff Cover

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

PML offers several different finish options for their Dana 80 cover. We opted for the black powdercoated version. It comes complete with stainless steel, hex-head mounting bolts for an easy and good looking install.

The Great Cover Up

One of the keys to keeping a differential alive is keeping it cool. Utilizing synthetic rear end gear oil helps, but nothing beats addition fluid capacity from an aftermarket rear end cover, which replaces the shallow, stamped steel factory unit. Ford Super Duty diesels are notorious for having factory diff covers with blistered paint on them, which indicates things inside are getting pretty hot.
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Project Box Hauler: Dynomite Injector Install

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The Injection Connection
Project Box Hauler Gets New Dynomite Diesel Performance Injectors

For those of you who have been following our Project Box Hauler series, you’ll remember our high-miler, ’01 Ford F-350 dually with 200,000-plus miles on it, was diagnosed with a couple of dead cylinders, more specifically No. 3 and No. 8. Upon his initial diagnosis, Nate Brekken at Strictly Diesel in Scottsdale, Ariz., guessed the problem would more than likely be bad injectors on those cylinders since injectors get fairly tired and worn out on the 7.3s after about 150,000 miles. On the other hand, two dead holes could mean more serious issues, such as bad valves or poor compression from worn-out piston rings, or even a cracked cylinder head.

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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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