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When Ford Stood on Top of the Diesel Mountain

When Ford Stood on Top of the Diesel Mountain

Eavesdrop on any discussion of light truck diesels and sooner or later, someone will declare that Ford’s 7.3L “Powersmoke” diesel is still the best ever. During its 10-year run ending in 2004, there was little on the market that could match its power.

When Ford Stood on Top of the Diesel Mountain

Found in Ford’s three-quarter-ton and heavier trucks, many 7.3 Powerstroke turbo trucks are still running strong.

Family Lines

The Power Stroke family traces its lineage back to the early 1980s when Ford needed a pickup truck engine to counter GM’s 6.2L Detroit diesel. What it found was the 6.9L IDI, a naturally aspirated indirect fuel injection diesel made by International Harvester, now Navistar.

As soon as it hit the market, the engine proved quite popular among pickup buyers for its 179hp output and 315-340lb-ft torque; displacement was increased to 7.3L in 1988, although it remained naturally aspirated. A turbocharger was added to the engine in 1993 and with 190hp and 388lb-ft of torque, the 7.3L IDI diesel was just one step from the top of the mountain.

The next year, Ford replaced the mechanical indirect fuel injection system with an electronically controlled direct fuel injection setup that gave a big boost to output without risking the 7.3L IDI’s proven reliability. Dubbed the Power Stroke, it could produce 215-275hp and 425-525lb-ft of torque depending on the year and drivetrain.

Ten-Year Run

For 10 years, the 7.3L Power Stroke stood atop the mountain and remains to this day one of the greatest light truck diesel engines ever produced. Made popular in Ford’s F-250 Series and up, the engine was also found in E-series full-size vans, the Class 2 SUV Excursion and LCF cabover commercial truck.

With stricter emissions on the horizon and California’s engine noise cap already in place, Ford and Navistar went their separate ways when it was time to replace the 7.3L Power Stroke. Starting in 2004, Ford’s new 6.0L diesel carried the Power Stroke name and looked good, on paper at least but it never lived up to its predecessor.

3 Tips For Buying a Used Trailer

3 Tips For Buying a Used Trailer

3 Tips For Buying a Used Trailer

Whether a trailer is being purchased for business or personal use, the basics of evaluating the item and getting a good deal are the same. Determine what the trailer will be used for and look for sales in the nearby area. Ask trusted friends, neighbors and associates if they know anyone personally who is selling a trailer, as they will hopefully recommend someone who is trustworthy. Once a trailer has been located, it should be inspected, the ownership verified and a price negotiated.

1. Inspect Thoroughly

Some normal wear and tear on a used trailer is to be expected. However, it should be in good enough shape so that it can be used without extensive repairs. Check the tires, floor, suspension and electrical system to ensure everything works, or that any repairs can be done before the trailer will be put into use. If the trailer is not in good condition but it will be bought anyway, then it is a good idea to consider trailer repair services Marietta GA.

2. Check Ownership

Look at the vehicle identification number and make sure it matches the paperwork before signing anything. If things do not match up, then it could indicate that the trailer was stolen.

3. Be Prepared to Negotiate

Not everyone feels confident when they try to haggle with someone, especially the first few times they make the attempt. Ask if the seller will be willing to sell for slightly less if they are paid in cash, as many people are willing to take less money in exchange for foregoing the risk of a bounced check or dealing with credit card fees.

Making a large purchase of any type should be done after careful consideration to ensure the best bargain is had. Buying used trailers comes with a few extra factors, but the savings that come with buying previously owned trailers can be worth it.

Why Consider a Career in Truck Driving?

Why Consider a Career in Truck Driving?

Tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles form a critical link in the supply chain, transporting goods from the factory or warehouse to the consumers. It takes a certain type of person to find loads and set out, but it can be very rewarding to do such important work. If you are thinking about pursuing a trucking career, here are some things you should know.

Why Consider a Career in Truck Driving?

Potential Pay

In May 2019, the average annual pay for truck drivers was $45,260. Some truck drivers earn closer to $60,000 per year. The average hourly wage is $21.76. Drivers who own their own trucks and operate their own businesses have the potential to earn significantly more.

Required Education and Training

You do not need an advanced education to become a truck driver. You can qualify with a high school diploma. However, you do need to earn a commercial driver’s license. This requires training that combines classroom instruction with driving practice in a controlled setting.

Job Outlook

The demand for truckers is high and likely to remain so. Older drivers are retiring, so trucking companies are looking for newer, younger drivers to replace them. Because the need for drivers is so great, many companies are willing to offer significant perks to qualified drivers as an incentive to come work for them. This puts you in a good position to negotiate for higher pay, better benefits, a better schedule, etc.

Other Requirements

Controlling a vehicle that can weigh between 50,000 and 80,000 pounds takes significant physical strength and stamina, so truck drivers should be in pretty good shape. As a driver, you should demonstrate both knowledge of traffic rules and a willingness to follow them. Life behind the wheel of a truck is demanding, so you should be able to manage stress well and accept criticism.

Your employers, clients, and customers depend on you, so you must be reliable and trustworthy.