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Man hotrods F-150 with 14.0L Peterbilt diesel

After rolling his Peterbilt 18-wheeler, Jim Harris found the 14.0L Cummins turbo diesel still ran just fine… So he mounted it in the bed of his son’s ’95 F-150. Cha-Ching! The 3,600 pound engine (500hp/1,450 lb-ft of torque at 1,600rpm) was a bit much for the quarter ton Ford at first. Luckily Jim had a plan for that too. From Jalopnik:

“After significantly reinforcing the F150's frame, Jim dropped the N14 and an adapted Dodge 1-ton transmission in, hooked it up to a monstrous V-drive box which attaches to a Ford 101/4-inch rear axle. It takes one ton axles up front and monstrous suspension upgrades to handle the added weight, heck, the original 300 cubic inch I6 stays under the hood mostly for ballast, but the truck still manages to put the wheelie bars out back to use. Yeah, it's got the stones.” (1)

Stones indeed, the semi kind. From Diesel Power:

“The Cummins N14's Jake Brake, sandwiched between the modular cylinder heads and valve covers, still roars and slams the front end to the ground with a flick of the switch.” 

“You might be wondering about the driving dynamics of this unusual engine-truck combination. The standard operating procedure is to start the front engine, then light off the real one in the rear, put it in gear, and hang on. Since the N14 Cummins has so much low-end torque and limited rpms, Jim says the lower gears in the transmission are basically useless. Typical street driving is Third, Fourth, and Fifth gears, wherein the truck really hauls in the last two.” (2)

Sometimes wrong is just so right. 




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