1990 - Volume #14, Issue #6, Page #15[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
IH Diesel Installed In Ford 4WD Pickup"It should last at least 250,000 miles. The conversion was easy to do," says Matt Miller, Eunice, La., about the 175 hp International 6.9-liter diesel engine he installed in his 1983 Ford F-150 4-WD pickup.
The 400 cu. in. engine, which Miller removed from a wrecked 2-WD 3/4-ton Ford F-250 pickup, replaced a 140 hp, 300 cu. in., 6-cylinder gas engine.
"When I bought the F-150 I was told that the 300 cu. in. engine had adequate power, but it wasn't enough for pulling my equipment trailers and got only 13 mpg. It also gave me constant trouble," says Miller. "My new engine has more power and gets 17 mpg. it had 94,000 miles on it when I bought it and I've put on about 55,000 miles since
then. It should outlast the pickup."
Miller installed a new bell housing, hydraulic clutch, flywheel, and pressure plate. He drilled new holes for the engine mounts and installed the old engine's radiator. He removed the original coil springs from the pickup and replaced them with heavy duty springs taken from the wrecked pickup. Other modifications included some minor electrical work.
Miller bought the wrecked pickup for $2,000, removed the engine, and sold the body for $500. He sold the old engine from his pickup for another $500.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Matt Miller, 1451 W. Gum, Eunice, La. 70535 (ph 337 457-8975).
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