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Pickup Repowers Made Easier With DCS Kits
A new kit makes it much easier to convert a Ford engine-powered truck to a Cummins diesel engine. Diesel Conversion Specialists (DCS) will do it for you or help you do it yourself with complete kits or individual components. They also offer some conversion parts, such as adapter plates and custom flexplates, for most Chevy automatics and later model Chevy NV4500 standard transmissions.
"I bought the business 11 years ago from a guy who was doing conversions himself," says Dave Bradley, owner, DCS. "I wanted to make conversions easier, simpler and less expensive. Today we have a staff of 15 and are doubling business every year. We provide everything needed and help you choose the kit, truck, engine, transmission and other variables."
DCS uses aircraft grade aluminum on most parts and does high grade machining. Mounts are designed to be durable and easy to install. Adapter plates bolt to existing transmissions with no modifications. Modification wiring, gauge sensor bushing kits and other components are also available. In some cases, electric cooling fans replace belt drive fans to provide the extra room needed for the Cummins engine.
"Depending on the engine selected and the truck it's going into, we may have 4 or 5 different kits available," says Bradley. "Right now, replacement kits for 6.0 and 6.4 Ford Powerstroke engines are our most popular. Some of those engines have had so many problems that there are class action suits with Ford. We can solve those problems for a fraction of the cost of a new truck."
DCS offers its conversion kits and components for installing any 5.9 Cummins engine in any F Series Ford truck going back to 1969 through 1997. Conversion kits and components are also available for 5.9 and some common rail engines for Super Duty Ford trucks and Ford Excursion SUV's from 1999 to 2007. Kits can also be used on full-size Ford Broncos with beefed up front suspension or a solid front axle or heavy suspension lift.
Bradley reports that the company website will soon allow customers to place orders over the internet 24/7. Depending on the engine and transmission variables, the customer will design their own conversion kit or be able to order individual components as needed.
"We listen to our customers and change to meet their needs," says Bradley.
Check the company website, and you'll even find rebuilt engines for sale. Conversion kits range from less than $2,000 to nearly $4,000, depending on the original vehicle, engine and transmission and the replacement Cummins engine.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Diesel Conversion Specialists, 220 Lost Creek Dr., Kalispell, Mont. 59901 (ph 406 755-8878; sales@dieselconversion.com; www.dieselconversion.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4