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rjstractor

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Posted: 10/15/20 08:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw the video the other day and came away impressed. Logic dictates that a 6BT swap would have made more sense since that engine is more powerful and compact. But this guy had the 4-53 on hand and made it work. Getting that analog engine to mesh well with a digital truck (including the original Torqshift trans) is especially impressive.

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Posted: 10/16/20 10:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LanceRKeys wrote:

I admire anyone that takes on and completes a project like that.

Very impressive effort for sure. It looks like the 6.4L Powerstroke is going to leave a lot of owners with empty hands. If you've ever watched videos of the PowerStroke Help guy you'll see he stopped working on 6.4's completely. Here's the video. So the fact this guy abandoned the 6.4L is no surprise.

Personally I'm not sure I would have chosen an old Detroit Diesel because of both the noise and the pollution, but he seems to have had the parts and the skills to make it happen. More power to him and I hope it works well for a long time.

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* This post was edited 10/16/20 10:58am by LIKE2BUILD *


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Posted: 10/19/20 11:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The video shows him coming out of the snow sheds on the Coquihalla. That is an 8% grade.


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Super cool and ingenious project, but ****!
It's hard to imagine a baby size Screamin Jimmy in anything that could be remotely considered a daily driver going into the 3rd decade of the 21st Century.


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I did an engine swap years ago in a 1963 Chevy Suburban. Took out a 292 I-6 and put in a mildly built 283 with headers and nice exhaust system.

It took a different front motor mount tower on the passengers side. I sourced the OEM fiberglass fan shroud for the shorter V-8. Everything else bolted right up.

I stopped by a friends auto repair shop while visiting my home town after the swap and told Rudy what I had done. He said "you ruined a nice truck", and I said take a look, and opened the hood.

He said wow Chris, can I take this up to my HS auto class to show the kids how such a thing should be done?

It went from a vehicle that would pull over a building with the 3.73 gears out back and a 4 speed truck tranny, that was NOT a freeway cruiser, to a truck that easily cruised at freeway speeds.

I was towing my friends E racing run about circle race boat at the time. Trips all over the NW were much more pleasant with the V-8 under the hood. I guy that build our boat motors built the 283 for me.


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