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earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,768 Senior Member
Read about this the other day. Thought you gear heads might like it. Pretty interesting mix of old school and new tech I think.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.caranddriver.com/news/amp28578854/ford-7-3-liter-v-8-trucks/

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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,131 Senior Member
    Kinda cool. I hope they are more reliable than the 5.4 Triton I had or the 6.4 Powerstroke. Those were junk and then they cost stupid money to replace the motors so junking them were the only economical options.

    I am currently a fan of the 6.0 gas Chevy engine. Those have been extremely reliable. I have 2 trucks with over 300,000 miles on those engines going to work every day. That, and when one blows, it doesn't cost $5k for a rebuild (for the Triton 5.4). The Powerstrokes are an $18k expense if you want one rebuilt. Kind of hard to swallow when the first one didn't make 200,000 miles and the truck is only worth a couple thousand bucks.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,768 Senior Member
    Its incredible how much tech is in the latest generation of the GM engines. The articles Ive read list all kinds of things down to subtle but highly effect changes in the length and shape of the intake runners.

    The new Ford engine has provisions for variable use set ups by just bolting different things to the exterior. Provides big block displacement from a small block size. Uses a cast iron block, is rebuildable......

    Im not likely to be a consumer, but who knows.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,131 Senior Member
    I won't be a consumer for at least 10 more years. Those Chevy/GMC trucks I have with over 300,000 miles? I bought them at auction. One was $1000, the other was $1800. After the 2001-2009's are all dead and gone, I will have to find another type of work truck with a reputation for reliability. Ones that blow up at 150,000 miles need not apply.
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,480 Senior Member
    So 10% more displacement for less than 7% more HP and less than 2.5% more torque compared to the Chevy engine that isnt new and shiny and being called "Godzilla"?  Sounds like a real class leader to me....  It will be interesting to see what happens with Chevy and Fiat now.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,065 Senior Member
    Looks like Ford rediscovered the block of their old 7.3 power stroke and made a gas engine out of it.  I had a 7.3 turbo diesel F250 and that truck rocked.
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    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,227 Senior Member
    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29713507/tesla-cybertruck-reveal-announcement/

    This is going to outdo the F-150? As much as I like the idea of electric vehicles, this sounds like "hold my beer and watch this." Has Musk never seen an El Camino?
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,257 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Looks like Ford rediscovered the block of their old 7.3 power stroke and made a gas engine out of it.  I had a 7.3 turbo diesel F250 and that truck rocked.
    I drove and rode in MANY ambulances powered by that 7.3 TD. Not a slouch, but still not as fun as the OLD ones powered by a 460 interceptor
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,065 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    GunNut said:
    Looks like Ford rediscovered the block of their old 7.3 power stroke and made a gas engine out of it.  I had a 7.3 turbo diesel F250 and that truck rocked.
    I drove and rode in MANY ambulances powered by that 7.3 TD. Not a slouch, but still not as fun as the OLD ones powered by a 460 interceptor
    The Interceptor was an awesome engine.  BUT, my F250 with the 7.3 TD gave me 19 MPG running around town and 17 MPG while towing a 6 horse trailer.  Even fully loaded and towing when I was on the highway and I needed to move NOW a quick stomp on that pedal made me disappear PRONTO!

    I had a visitor do something stupid while at the ranch and try to go up a hill on my property while driving his Ford Explorer in the snow because he figured he had 4WD and that was good enough.  Well his worn out street tires were just not enough to keep him out of trouble and before I could stop him he ended up in a small ditch.

    My wife was going to call a tow company to drag him out, but I just went into the barn and dug out my trusty heavy duty tow strap.  My F250 pulled that dead weight out of the ditch like I was taking off on a Sunday drive.  Now THAT is torque...

    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,257 Senior Member
    Oh, I agree that 7.3 TD is a GREAT engine, but it will NEVER sound so sweet as that interceptor :p 
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,825 Senior Member
    Sounds *better*! ;)
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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,065 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29713507/tesla-cybertruck-reveal-announcement/

    This is going to outdo the F-150? As much as I like the idea of electric vehicles, this sounds like "hold my beer and watch this." Has Musk never seen an El Camino?
    Yeah... So someone should let Elon know that is NOT a truck?   Then again no one in his staff would know a pickup truck if it bit them in the ass...
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,480 Senior Member
    Around here a lot of people think their Honda is a "truck".  I just cant accept a FWD/FWD biased AWD, minivan based, unibody as a truck.
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