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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-31-2006, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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need opnions on which engine

i have pretty much decided on doing a diesel swap into my 01 and getting rid of the v10 and i know that it is a lot of work but oh well

my question is which motor do you guys feel is more reliable and puts out the most bang for the buck

1. 5.9l 12v cummins, i have been told this one would be the easiest

2. 7.3l powerstroke, this is the way i am leaning

3. 6.0l powerstroke

4. cat engine from f650, not sure what the displacement is

5. 5.9l 24v cummins

6. 6.6l duramax


what i have planned on doing is to buy a donor vehicle, rollover or what everi can find, rebuild the motor and do all the mods to the internal before i ever put it in the truck, that way i would have wiring harness, ecm, everything i would needto swap it over

let me know what yall think
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What do you want to do w/ the truck when it's all done?

You can build a purpose built 12 valve that will be great for competition use but you won't be able to drive it on the street and tow w/ it as a daily driver.

You can make a 24 valve or CR 03 and newer Dodge that can make some big dyno numbers and still be streetable.

The Dmax is another good motor that can make big power and still be streetable.

7.3L Should be the easiest as you can probably find all the donor parts like you were thinking in your post. I have a lot of Misc 7.3 parts that I can help you w/ if you go this route. If you find a 7.3L w/ the forged connecting rods you can push the power up to around 500 HP. Let me know if I can help or if you would like to talk about making power w/ the 7.3 or any of the other engines.

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if you want cheap power a cummins would be the best way to go

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What do you want to do w/ the truck when it's all done?

You can build a purpose built 12 valve that will be great for competition use but you won't be able to drive it on the street and tow w/ it as a daily driver.

You can make a 24 valve or CR 03 and newer Dodge that can make some big dyno numbers and still be streetable.

The Dmax is another good motor that can make big power and still be streetable.

7.3L Should be the easiest as you can probably find all the donor parts like you were thinking in your post. I have a lot of Misc 7.3 parts that I can help you w/ if you go this route. If you find a 7.3L w/ the forged connecting rods you can push the power up to around 500 HP. Let me know if I can help or if you would like to talk about making power w/ the 7.3 or any of the other engines.

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So far I have 485.00 into my cummins swap not bad ( I did have a motor and trans)
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It all depends on what you plan to use it for. If you want a competition rig the 12 valve is where it's at. You CAN make good power with it and have it still be streetable but being it is all mechanical injection you can't turn the power up and down so if you get to extreem with it it won't be as streetable. I know Lenny at DDP had his truck set up real nice makeing about 600hp and it still drive nice on the street and he could tow with it and it didn't smoke bad at all. But it all depends on how well you know how to tune it.

If you want good easy reliable easy to turn up or down go 24 valve. If you get a newer CR 24valve they are super quiet and still make really good power. The VP44 24 valves are easy to get some pretty big power out of too and still are reliable. Honestly I'd stick with the Cummins in any of your options. Check out www.fordcummins.com for parts to install them.

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me i like to keep IH in ford's but that is me, if you want a hotrod daily driver, we can build you or sell you the parts to build one HOT 6.0 and it will still be drivable. I drive my hot rod almost every day, 630 hp on #2 and over 700 on the bottel. I just love the 6.0 but that is my openion
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thanks guys, i guess i should have told you that i was planning on driving it daily, but the truck currently has 16" of lift and turning 44s
maybe going to rockwells next year before the diesel swap not sure yet

but i do want it to be a good performer, i was looking at some where around 375 to 400 to the ground, not looking to be the baddest dog on the block but dont want to be a pushover either
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